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Comcast to target 1.5M Michigan homes with 2 Gbps Gigabit Pro service

Comcast is ramping up its 2 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) campaign, announcing that it will bring its Gigabit Pro service to about 1.5 million homes in Michigan.

Broadband Forum completes G.fast standard plugfest with 14 CPE, network equipment vendors

The Broadband Forum has wrapped up its G.fast equipment plugfest as part of its ongoing program to drive widespread G.fast certification.

AT&T lures property owners, developers to adopt 1 Gig services

AT&T is targeting property owners, management groups and developers to extend its 1 Gbps U-verse with GigaPower FTTP service into new and existing multi-dwelling units.

Frontier takes $283M in Connect America Funding to bring broadband to 650,000 unserved sites

Frontier has agreed to accept $283 million in annual Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II support from the FCC that it says will enable it to build out broadband service to over 650,000 rural locations that it could not economically reach before.

Report: Time Warner Cable says DOCSIS 3.1 will meet Los Angeles' 1-Gig goal

Time Warner Cable is confident that the advent of DOCSIS 3.1 technology will enable it to address Los Angeles' 1 Gbps desires that were set out in a recent request for participants (RFP) for its CityLinkLA project.

IHS: Carrier Ethernet drops 2% in 2014, will grow slightly to $29B in 2019

In 2014, the global Ethernet equipment market declined 2 percent from the previous year to $27 billion due to declines in the VDSL, EPON and SONET/SDH segments and a slowdown in microwave sales, said IHS in a new report.

FCC names Desai as net neutrality ombudsperson

With the FCC's new net neutrality rules now in effect, the regulator has named Parul Desai to serve as the Open Internet ombudsperson, the public's primary point of contact for questions and complaints related to the new rules.

Hawaiian Telcom taps Barber to be next president and CEO

Hawaiian Telcom has named Scott Barber, who currently serves as the telco's COO, as its new president and CEO, taking over the reins from Eric Yeaman, who is leaving the company.

Southern Light sees growing opportunities in dark fiber, small cell backhaul

Dark fiber may be the latest fashion statement in the wholesale provider market, but to Southern Light, the service is something it based its initial business case on when it founded the company.

Ovum: TR-69 protocol to play major role in service providers' IoT, smart home strategies

The Broadband Forum's TR-69 protocol may have initially came to prominence in the telco network to monitor and resolve problems on the DSL network, but it is finding new utility in the emerging smart home concept.

Internet2 deploys ONOS as part of its SDN migration

Internet2 has deployed the Open Network Operating System (ONOS) on its R&E network, a move that illustrates the service provider's initial migration to software defined networking.

AT&T ups 1 Gbps to 12 markets with Charlotte, N.C. launch

AT&T has launched its U-verse with Gigapower 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home service in Charlotte, N.C., marking the twelfth area where it has launched service.

NTS, Ting enhance 1 Gbps reach in Texas and Virginia

While AT&T and Comcast continue to grab headlines with their 1 and 2 Gbps plans, alternative providers NTS and Tucows' Ting are also hot on the FTTH expansion trail, announcing that they are bringing 1 Gbps service to more areas of Texas and Virginia.

Level 3 fiber network outage disrupts Internet traffic in the U.S. and Europe

Level 3 suffered a fault on its fiber network on Friday that slowed down Internet services in a number of U.S. markets and four European countries--including the UK, France, Germany and Italy. According to a Computer Weekly report, the outage affected a number of websites such as eBay and Yahoo Mail, and gaming services on PSN and Xbox Live.

FairPoint opens repurposed Manchester, N.H. central office facility as data center

FairPoint Communications has opened its latest data center in downtown Manchester, N.H., at a facility that was a Central Office that was designed to deliver traditional voice service. Business customers can use the new data center or its Laconia facility as primary or secondary data center sites or as part of a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy.

Wave Broadband challenges AT&T, Comcast with 1 Gbps residential service in San Francisco

Wave Broadband is bringing a new challenge to San Francisco's broadband market, one where AT&T and Comcast have been the dominant providers, with the launch of its 1 Gbps Wave-G gigabit service.

Open Networking Foundation drives open SDN trend with release of Atrium

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is spearheading an effort to drive open SDN with the release of Atrium, an open software distribution platform. A big focus of Atrium is to help the networking industry adopt open SDN by integrating established open source SDN software with some critical connecting pieces.

Windstream to increase on-net fiber footprint in 5 markets in 2015

Windstream may have a strong business service presence throughout the United States, but the telco is moving to take control of its service delivery destiny by increasing its on-net fiber building footprint in five markets by the end of the year.

IHS: NFV on the rise as 35 percent of service providers will deploy it in 2015

Service provider interest in network functions virtualization (NFV) continues to ramp as AT&T, CenturyLink and other large carriers look to virtualize their networks. According to a new IHS Infonetics report that surveyed domestic and global service providers, 35 percent are planning to deploy NFV in 2015.

Net neutrality rules effective today as federal court denies AT&T, CenturyLink request for stay

The FCC's net neutrality rules will go into affect today. The rules ban blocking, throttling and prevent companies from paying to get access to fast lanes to deliver content.  AT&T, CenturyLink and other telecom groups requested a stay of the FCC's new net neutrality rules but those requests were not granted by a D.C. Federal Circuit Court.