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Report: CenturyLink Idaho says a 1 Gbps fiber-based connection is overkill

CenturyLink is confident that in the near term, the average residential and business user in Idaho will have no need for a 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband connection to their premises, reports the Idaho Statesman.

Amazon, Salesforce, IBM dominate IaaS, PaaS cloud infrastructure segments, says Synergy

Amazon, Salesforce and IBM have become the three companies to beat in the growing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) segments of the cloud market, according to Synergy Research's fourth-quater 2013 report.

FirstLight increases Vermont data center footprint

FirstLight Fiber has made its latest move to enhance its presence in the Northeast, announcing that it expanded its Vermont data center.

Brazil's Telebras nearly complete with DWDM build supporting World Cup

Telebras, Brazil's state-owned telco, is in the process of completing the construction of DWDM optical rings that will connect the 12 arenas that will serve as the host for the 2014 World Cup event.

Cisco makes $1B bet on the cloud

Cisco is making a bold bet to become a larger player in the burgeoning cloud market with plans to invest $1 billion to build what it calls a global Intercloud--a network of clouds.

Cogent offers to pay cable MSOs, telcos to improve Internet traffic exchange

Cogent Communications is taking a new approach to solving the Internet traffic exchange process by offering to pay U.S.-based Tier 1 telcos and cable operators (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable) for necessary network upgrades.

ABI Research: Security segment share of smart home market to drop 50 percent by 2019

Home security monitoring vendors continue to enjoy a dominant position in the U.S. managed smart home market, but according to a new ABI Research report, their market share will plummet over 50 percent as a host of new competitors emerges.

AT&T invests over $3.85B to enhance Dallas, Houston networks, increases U-verse reach

AT&T is making progress expanding its local wireless and wireline network capabilities in its home state of Texas, announcing that it invested more than $3.85 billion in both Dallas and Houston in 2013.

CenturyLink, Windstream take bigger bite out of incumbent Ethernet market, says VSG

CenturyLink and Windstream have both come a long way from their traditional rural telco roots by becoming larger factors in the U.S. incumbent Ethernet services market.

VSG: tw telecom, XO, Level 3 take dominant competitive Ethernet position

tw telecom continues to enjoy a top spot in the competitive Ethernet market due to its aggressive buildout of its fiber network and new software-based capabilities, according to Vertical Systems Group's new Competitive Provider Business Ethernet Leaderboard.

Georgia's Habersham electric cooperative gets into the 1 Gbps FTTH game

Habersham EMC (HEMC), a member-owned electric cooperative serving northeast Georgia, is the latest service provider to introduce a 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service targeting five of the state's communities.

Will rising content costs, network management drive Netflix to increase its prices?

While no one wants to pay more for online video services, Amazon's recent move to raise its Prime membership to $99 could be just the start. Will Netflix and other subscription video on demand (SVOD) services move to raise their prices as well? Sam Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, examines why subscription prices are likely to rise over the next year. Read more

AT&T invests $1.35B in Alabama local network, extends U-verse to 36,000 new users

AT&T is giving its consumer and business users in Alabama access to more of its next-gen service set, investing more than $1.35 billion in its local networks between 2011 and 2013.

eircom vectored DSL to reach 700,000 premises by end of March; telco sees potential in G.fast

Ireland incumbent telco eircom said that its deployment of VDSL2 vectoring technology on its fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) network will deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps to 700,000 locations by the end of the month.

Verizon extends FiOS to 3.7M more homes and businesses in Connecticut, New York

Verizon may have curtailed any new FiOS expansions, but in Connecticut and New York it continued to put the fiber to the premises (FTTP)-based service into the hands of more users, making it available to a total of 3.7 million homes and businesses in both states as of the end of 2013.

TDS nears completion of stimulus project in parts of Indiana

TDS Telecom is nearing completion of a new broadband stimulus project, making service available to some residents and businesses located in Wingate and New Richmond, Indiana.

Vertical Systems Group: TWC, Cox, Comcast grow Ethernet service presence

Cable operators continue to gain ground in the ever evolving Ethernet services market as they aggressively build out their own fiber networks and service sets, according to Vertical Systems Group's latest Ethernet Leaderboard.

FirstLight targets wholesale opportunities with new Ethernet Access service

FirstLight Fiber has begun offering its wholesale Ethernet Access service throughout its entire footprint serving upstate New York and northern New England.

Tollgrade expands capabilities of in-home broadband testing tool

Tollgrade has added a software interface to its handheld VBT in-home broadband testing tool that will allow service providers to aggregate and store test results in a central location to ensure compliance with field repair processes.

Allstream promises Canadian businesses 'dramatically lower telecom costs'

Canadian IP telco Allstream has introduced a "SIP Gateway" service that it says will help Canadian businesses "save as much as 40 percent compared to traditional voice services."