AT&T, CenturyLink slam Verizon/Incompas special access pact

AT&T and CenturyLink are taking aim at the latest business data services (BDS) proposal made by Verizon and Incompas, calling it nothing more than a self-serving measure.

Electric Lightwave lights 200G wavelengths along 225-mile western fiber route

Electric Lightwave has begun offering its business and wholesale customers 200G wavelength services on its newly built 225-mile fiber route between Hillsboro, Oregon and Seattle, enabling it to deliver additional services to its content and enterprise customers.

Zayo, Mitel target Canadian business with new cloud-based offering

Zayo and Mitel have teamed up to provide a hosted communications, collaboration and conferencing platform targeting businesses in Canada, marking the Zayo's first new service move following its acquisition of Allstream.

GTT restructures debt, sets focus on growth via acquisitions, organic builds

GTT has completed an effort to reprice its debt, lowering the interest rate on its $430 million term loan and $50 million on its revolving line of credit. As a result, GTT will save over $2 million a year.

Windstream puts cloud services into medium-sized businesses with dedicated offering

Windstream is giving its customers another method to get cloud access with its new Cloud Connect solution, reflecting the growing demand from medium businesses to use cloud as an foundation for their IT strategy.

Mediacom brings fiber connection to University of Northern Iowa's Metal Casting Center

Mediacom Business has installed a high-capacity fiber connection at the University of Northern Iowa's (UNI) Metal Casting Center on the TechWorks Campus in downtown Waterloo. The new network connection will be able to support the higher bandwidth demands students and manufacturers will need in preparing CAD documents in conjunction with Hawkeye Community College for 3D printing.

MEF advances wholesale Ethernet ordering, provisioning concepts on SDN, NFV platforms

The MEF has put out a new report that highlights new advances in the creation of LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) capabilities and APIs designed to streamline wholesale ordering and provisioning of Ethernet services over multiple service provider networks.

Verizon, Incompas propose new 8-point special access plan, encourage facilities-based competition

Verizon and Incompas have come together again to propose a new 8 element outline for a framework for Business Data Services (BDS).

BT offers direct access to Oracle's cloud, removes adoption barriers

BT is expanding its cloud presence by offering its global customers the ability to connect to Oracle's cloud infrastructure, illustrating the growing movement by service providers to allow businesses to bring their own cloud to the service table.

Cisco acquires CloudLock, enhances cloud security portfolio

Cisco is acquiring Waltham, Massachusetts-based cloud security provider CloudLock for $293 million, signaling the vendor's ongoing desire to become a bigger player in the cloud infrastructure market.

Frontier wins sponsorship agreement with Tampa Bay Buccaneers following rocky Florida debut

Frontier Communications has signed a multiyear sponsorship deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers football team, cementing more of its presence in Florida following a troubled entrance after its acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in April.

GigabitNow, Calix deliver Gbps-capable broadband network for northern California's Sea Ranch Connect project

GigabitNow, a solutions provider for building last mile fiber networks, has chosen Calix's gear to power a community network at The Sea Ranch in northern California. Located along a 10-mile stretch of the Sonoma County coast, The Sea Ranch is a popular vacation destination encompasses of 2200 homes. Earlier this year, GigabitNow began construction on its community- owned fiber to the home build in Sonoma County, giving the underserved residents of the Sea Ranch community 1 Gbps connections.

Windstream extends fiber to 50-plus carrier neutral hotels, plans further expansions in 2016

Windstream may have previously sold off its data center assets, but its wholesale unit's ongoing fiber build out to more data centers push shows that it is finding a growing niche in the interconnection business.

Level 3 says FCC should adopt flat-fee methodology to assess terrestrial IBC regulatory fees

Level 3 has asked the FCC to change its methods in assessing terrestrial International Bearer Circuits (IBC) regulatory fees to reflect the fact that they are sold as large data pipes via Ethernet and other media elements.

Masergy serves up advanced SD-WAN encryption for businesses

Masergy is giving its business customers another option to protect their data for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) connections between applications and end users.

AT&T keeps Comcast, Charter at bay by bringing 1 Gbps business service speeds to 13 new markets

AT&T is giving business customers in 13 markets an opportunity to get up to 1 Gbps speeds thanks to its ongoing roll out of GPON technology in its AT&T Business Fiber (ABF) footprint. This latest fiber drive enables AT&T to more effectively compete with Charter Communications and Comcast Business, two cable MSOs that continue to encroach into the ILEC's business territory.

RCN Business offers discounted electricity via Talen Energy pact

RCN Business is giving its business customers in Pennsylvania a new way to save on their energy costs via a partnership with Talen Energy Partners.

Fiber-based Ethernet, P2P microwave dominated small cell backhaul in 2015, says research firm

While the wireless industry's move to outdoor small cells has been relatively slow, wireline-based Ethernet fiber and point-to-point (P2P) microwave led the market in terms of revenue in 2015. According to a new IHS report, the global outdoor small cell backhaul equipment market totaled $117 million. In 2011, 42,600 outdoor small cell backhaul connections were built out in 2015 and IHS has forecast that figure will rise to 878,000 in 2020.

AT&T defends streamlining TDM-to-IP process

AT&T is defending its record on TDM-to-IP trials in Alabama and Florida, calling out Public Knowledge's statement about its request to streamline the transition process.

AT&T, others say new submarine reporting rules 'flawed,' lack real analysis

The FCC approved rules that require submarine cable operators to report significant outages to the regulator, an initiative that could hold operators more accountable. But AT&T and others say the measure is flawed.