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C Spire adds next-gen home automation to its service lineup

C Spire has found yet another use for the FTTH network it is building in Mississippi: home automation, which is being added into a suite of services it calls C Spire Home.

Report: Google Fiber starts Austin buildout

A published report indicates that Google Fiber has begun its anticipated buildout in Austin, Texas, but that the company will miss its original deadline to start connecting homes by the middle of 2014.

FCC approves $2B E-Rate changes aimed at improving broadband and Wi-Fi for schools, libraries

The FCC voted to move forward on a proposal that is intended to modernize the subsidy program that supports Internet access for public schools and libraries, commonly known as E-Rate. The changes will drive $2 billion toward the effort, including funding for Wi-Fi in schools. The agency also established a budget for rural broadband experiments.

Volatile Verizon stock swings up after positive 2Q comments

Verizon stock, more volatile than the late-afternoon weather in July, turned sharply upward yesterday after CEO Lowell McAdam said its wireless arm would report more than 1.4 million retail postpaid additions in the second quarter.

Verizon says it's working with Netflix to improve streaming quality

Verizon has taken the offensive--sort of--in sorting out complaints that its network is responsible for network congestion that impacts the quality of experience for its FiOS customers viewing Netflix.

Mexican legislators push through telecom overhaul

Mexican telecom reform legislation is now on the desk of President Enrique Pena Nieto after the lower house of Congress voted to approve sweeping new laws intended to break up the monopolies controlling the country's telco and broadcast businesses and open those markets to outside competition.

Sen. Franken asks regulators to 'carefully scrutinize" AT&T-DirecTV deal

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has turned his anti-merger fervor towards AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV.

NTCA: Rural schools doing OK when it comes to broadband

The digital divide isn't overwhelming rural schools and libraries, according to the NTCA-the Rural Broadband Association's "Schools and Libraries Survey."

Writers Guild of America East opposes Internet fast lanes

The Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) has made clear its opposition to any form of Internet fast lane.

Choice Hotels gives Comcast Business a thumbs up

Although it's unlikely they'll be unveiling any "Brian Roberts Slept Here" signs, Choice Hotels has given Comcast Business a thumbs up as a "qualified technology provider" that can be used by any of the company's 5,000 franchise properties in the U.S. 

Colorado school district to get access to 1G private dedicated network

Thirty schools and administration buildings in the Weld County School District in Colorado are getting access to a 1 Gbps private dedicated network as part of a build completed by Boulder, Colo.-based Zayo Group.

Connecticut union boss backs AT&T-Frontier deal

CWA Local 1298 President William Henderson III has done an about-face and now says he supports AT&T's sale of landline and U-verse businesses to Frontier Communications.

Logix thriving on high fiber diet for Texas, Oklahoma markets

Business services provider Logix Communications is, it says, successfully using fiber to strengthen its footprint in the Texas and Oklahoma markets.

U.K. firm Axis offers 'free business broadband for life'

While there are the necessary qualifications and provisos, U.K. business telecom and utilities provider Axis is launching what it calls "free business broadband for life."

Alcatel-Lucent claims broadband speed record of 10 Gbps using existing copper infrastructure

Alcatel-Lucent continues to wring more life out of dying copper infrastructure, this time claiming to have hit a new broadband speed record of 10 Gbps using traditional copper telephone lines and prototype technology in Bell Labs tests.

Verizon reveals 150K government information requests in first half of 2014

The U.S. government made close to 150,000 requests for customer information in the first half of 2014, including 72,500 subpoenas, Verizon said as part of its second Transparency Report.

Programmable carrier networks: A new architectural approach

Programmable carrier networks, a new, eclectic, emerging architectural approach, incorporate concepts such as SDN, NFV, shared mesh protection, path computation element protocol and cloud computing concepts and blends them with established transport, switching, routing and network management techniques. The objective of this merger is to overcome the barriers created by traditional network architectures that carriers are encountering as they try to accommodate high and volatile traffic volumes and unpredictable traffic patterns as well as respond to the innovative business models of cloud-based and OTT service providers.

Burlington Telecom sale could ease taxpayer headache

The fate of Burlington Telecom is in the hands of Vermont's Public Service Board (PSB), which is mulling a city-backed proposal to sell off the publicly owned company's assets to a private investor.

America Movil blinks first, says it will sell assets

Facing the inevitability of new rules aimed at breaking its grip on Mexico's telecommunications industry, Carlos Slim's América Móvil announced that it would sell off "certain assets … to a new and solid carrier independent from América Móvil with experience in the telecommunications sector."

Telecom New Zealand offers 'naked' broadband plans for fiber-connected customers

Telecom New Zealand, which will officially become Spark on Aug. 8, is beefing up the types of services it offers to high-speed broadband customers who can live without a basic phone package and who are part of the carrier's growing fiber network.