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AT&T extends business fiber services to 180 U.S. cities

AT&T has been enriching its business services offering with a new fiber footprint that can now deliver 1 Gbps services to multi-tenant office buildings in more than 180 cities in the United States.

CenturyLink, Frontier, others to expand rural broadband with FCC's $1.7B Connect America Fund II

CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and a number of other Tier 2 telcos that have struggled to bring broadband services to hard-to-reach rural areas will now have another aide with the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), which is offering service providers about $1.7 billion in funding.

Crown Castle to acquire Quanta Fiber for $1B

Crown Castle is acquiring Quanta Fiber (called Sunesys), a subsidiary of Quanta Services, for about $1 billion in cash, a deal that will immediately bolster the wireless tower company's dark fiber capabilities for small cell backhaul services.

Calix's first-quarter revenue rises to $91M, but slow carrier orders could impact second-quarter results

While Calix reported that first-quarter 2015 revenue was $91 million, up 6.1 percent from $85.8 million for the first quarter of 2014, it said that slow budgets from its largest service provider customers could have an impact on second-quarter revenues.

How did Comcast, Charter, Dish and other pay-TV providers fare in the first quarter?

Now that the first-quarter earnings season is well underway, FierceCable is looking at how pay-TV distributors, including cable MSOs, IPTV operators and satellite providers, as well as relevant programmers and technology companies, performed in 2015's first quarter.

AT&T sees growth in landline VoIP despite wireless substitution trend

AT&T may be seeing its wireline customers continue to abandon their POTS lines in droves and use wireless as their only voice connection, but the company continues to see more customers adopt its VoIP-based U-verse Voice service.

Despite Verizon's FiOS, wireline investments in Massachusetts, Boston still can't get FTTH

Verizon may have made continual progress in enhancing its wireline network in Massachusetts by investing more than $331 million in the state last year, but major cities like Boston still can't get its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service.

CenturyLink is close to winning a TV franchise in Minneapolis and doing battle with Comcast

CenturyLink may soon give Comcast a dose of new TV competition in Minneapolis if it gets final city council approval for its video franchise in May.

Broadband Opportunity Council wants input about better broadband deployment

The U.S. Broadband Opportunity Council interagency is asking for public comments on how federal agencies can promote broadband deployment, adoption and competition.

What new pay-TV deals will emerge in the wake of the failed Comcast-TWC merger?

Now that Comcast has abandoned its $45.2 billion quest for Time Warner Cable, speculation will begin to mount on a number of new possible deal scenarios.

Level 3's Storey: SDN/NFV allow us to better control the customer experience

Level 3 Communications says that software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) have become a big part of its network DNA to enable customers to dynamically provision and manage their service experience.

AT&T says common interconnection standards will drive new Ethernet growth

AT&T may be the largest Ethernet provider in the U.S., but to fulfill the requirements of large multi-national corporation customers (MNCs) that reside outside of its wireline territory, it would like to have a standard method to establish Ethernet interconnection with other providers.

Windstream wraps spinoff of wireline assets into CS&L REIT

Windstream has made its final move to spin off parts of its wireline network assets into Communications Sales and Leasing (CS&L), a move that it says will reduce debt and provide capital to make new network investments.

TeliaSonera achieves MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification

TeliaSonera has become the latest service provider to gain the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification (CE 2.0), adding new quality and service enhancements to its retail and wholesale lines for business and carrier customers.

Verizon's SDN strategy will migrate aging wireline platforms to software

Verizon is implementing software-defined networking throughout its networks to improve service timelines.  For the company's wireline network, the initial focus will be on migrating legacy elements and functions onto software-based platforms.

Sizing up the top trends for the upcoming iOS 9, Android M and Windows 10 smartphone OS rollouts

The major smartphone industry leaders, including Google, Apple and Microsoft, are gearing up to debut a number of new enhancements to their smartphone operating systems over the next few months. What should we expect from these rollouts?

CenturyLink establishes presence in Australia's data center market

CenturyLink has taken another step forward with its Asia-Pacific data center expansion effort, announcing that it has extended its services into the Australian market through a partnership with Data-Center-as-a-Service provider NEXTDC Limited.

Verizon beefs up existing FTTH, wireline investments in Northeast

Verizon continued to expand and enhance its wireline and FiOS services in Northeast cities and towns throughout 2014, but the telco has not indicated if it would make fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) investments in any other regions.

America Movil's first-quarter wireline revenues rise 9.2%, but profits drop 42%

While América Móvil says its first-quarter wireline revenues rose 9.2 percent in the first quarter, it wasn't enough to offset the company's 42 percent profit decline.

Lightower snaps up Fibertech in $1.9B all cash deal

Lightower Fiber Networks snapped up Fibertech Networks in a  $1.9 billion all-cash deal that will create a fiber powerhouse in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the United States.