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AT&T, Verizon challenge the FCC's proposed 10 Mbps broadband definition

AT&T and Verizon are challenging the FCC's call to raise the broadband definition from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps, claiming that the majority of consumers don't need higher speeds, reports Ars Technica.

MetTel acquires Staples' Thrive Networks

MetTel, an emerging business service provider, is acquiring Staples' IT provider subsidiary Thrive Networks, a move that immediately enhances its managed services and support solutions.

Verizon Wireless taps Tower Cloud for its Atlanta small cell network deployment

Verizon Wireless has named Tower Cloud as its backhaul partner for its new 4G LTE small cell deployment in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park.

Mediacom's Larsen sounds off on how programming costs, 1 Gig affect smaller cable operators

Being the VP of legal and public affairs for Mediacom, a mid-sized cable operator that provides service in the Heartland, Thomas Larsen faces a number of interesting challenges, including rising programming costs, Local Choice and TV Everywhere.

Global Capacity snaps up MegaPath's wholesale unit

Global Capacity, a connectivity service provider, is upping its network reach by signing an agreement to acquire MegaPath's Network Services business unit.

O'Hara departs Integra, Guth named interim CEO

Integra has made a key change to its top management team by naming board member Robert Guth as interim CEO and president. Guth takes over the helm from Kevin O'Hara, who joined Integra's board in 2009 and served as CEO since 2011.

Alcatel-Lucent opens third Silicon Valley-based lab, targets cloud and SDN opportunities

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs arm is driving more activity around cloud and software-defined networking (SDN) by opening a new "antenna" office located in Silicon Valley.

Equinix, XO sign multi-cloud connectivity pact

Equinix and XO Communications have struck a new agreement where they will jointly provide enterprise customers with dedicated connectivity to various cloud service providers through Equinix's Cloud Exchange.

NTT America introduces new cloud, IP, data center indirect channel partner program

NTT America's Global Solution and Data Center Services business unit is taking advantage of this week's Cloud Partners 2014 to debut its NTT America Global Solutions Channel Partner Program.

Seaborn Networks names Microsoft as client, ups U.S.-Brazil cable capacity

Seaborn Networks' pending build of the Seabras-1 submarine cable system linking the U.S. and Brazil has attracted Microsoft, which has signed an agreement for fiber network capacity in order to fulfill its customers' cloud service desires.

Unraveling the five reasons cable operators love Wi-Fi

Cable operators may not own traditional wireless networks, but they are being aggressive in expanding their Wi-Fi network footprints throughout the regions they serve.

Report: CenturyLink rumored to be making a deal to acquire RackSpace

CenturyLink is looking to acquire RackSpace in an effort to bolster its cloud service capabilities, reports Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the situation.

AT&T, Box drive business wireless/wireline integration with new cloud, mobility solution

AT&T has added another element to its cloud strategy by establishing a partnership with Box that it says will enable it to deliver a variety of cloud-based storage and mobility solutions to a mix of small to medium businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises.

Coriant settles optical patent dispute with Cheetah

Coriant has resolved a patent dispute related to a Tellabs lawsuit with intellectual property owner Cheetah Omni that was pending in the Eastern District of Texas.

Level 3's Georgia expansion challenges AT&T, adds 300 on-net buildings

Level 3 is moving to up the ante with competitors like AT&T by expanding its local fiber and on-net building footprint in Alpharetta, Ga., one of the Atlanta metro area's key technology hubs.

Cologix acquires Colo5, expands Jacksonville footprint and adds Lakeland, Fla.

Cologix is continuing its growth strategy by acquiring Colo5, a deal that will give it over 225,000 square feet across two facilities in Jacksonville and Lakeland, Fla.

Broadcast TV, OTT, 4K to take center stage at IBC 2014

This year's IBC show, which is set to begin on Sept. 11 in Amsterdam, promises to be one where attendees will address how traditional TV players can continue to survive the challenge of non-traditional over-the-top (OTT) video players.

FCC's Wheeler: Competition will drive new broadband speeds, availability

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that the only way that more residential and business customers will be able to get access to more affordable broadband service is if there are more competitive choices in the market.

Hawaiian Telcom's Yeaman: We hope to reach 80% of Oahu's homes with IPTV

Hawaiian Telcom sees its emerging IPTV service as a key revenue driver and it has set an ambitious goal of passing 160,000 homes on the island of Oahu by the end of this year with the service.

Verizon slapped with FCC $7.4M consumer privacy violation fine

Verizon is forking over $7.4 million to the FCC to resolve an investigation on how it used consumers' information for marketing purposes.