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Cuba removed from FCC exclusion list, opening door for more U.S.-based CSPs

The FCC has removed Cuba from its exclusion list, opening up opportunities for U.S.-based communications service providers to offer traditional telephone and Internet services to the country without needing to get separate approval from the regulator.

Southern Light, Allied Fiber ink 20-year fiber agreement to extend network across Southeast

Southern Light and Allied Fiber have signed a 20-year Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) agreement, giving Southern Light another avenue by which to extend its network to a growing customer base across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

BT TSO leadership shift complete as Watson replaces Selley in CEO slot

BT has named Howard Watson as the CEO of its Technology, Service and Operations (BT TSO) unit. He will also serve as Group Chief Information Officer.

Zayo completes Allstream acquisition, extending service automation, strategy into Canada

Zayo Group has completed its acquisition of Canada's Allstream, enabling it to provide its differentiated strategy and service automation capabilities to the country's business customers.

Frontier says it costs over $1B for carriers to provide rural voice services

Frontier, a telco that has a large rural presence, estimates that providing services in these hard-to-reach areas costs service providers over $1 billion.

Smart home device sales will double by 2017 ... if DIY installation improves

A strong showing of smart home devices at the recent CES 2016 trade show illustrates the growth potential of the emerging smart home network, one that ABI Research forecasts will nearly double in 2017.

Canada's telecom commission asks consumers to list essential communications services

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has asked the country's consumers and business owners to tell it what services they need to be a part of the growing digital world.

Level 3, Google establish settlement-free interconnection arrangement

Level 3 Communications has reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement with Google covering their global backbone networks.

Comcast Wholesale launches international IP voice termination services

Just in time for the upcoming PTC 2016 trade show, Comcast Wholesale has begun offering international IP voice termination service to its growing portfolio of wholesale services.

Have a great Martin Luther King Day!

In observance of the holiday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing on Monday.

Retransmission-related blackouts jumped to 193 in 2015, WSJ says

Negotiations between pay-TV providers and content owners for retransmission rights have always been tense, but in 2015 the issue became even more acute.

AT&T wants to discontinue collect calling, international directory assistance services

AT&T hopes to stop offering a host of operator assisted services this year, including collect calling, signaling the ongoing decline in once-essential legacy telephone services.

Florida AT&T customers left without wireline service after construction accident

A number of AT&T wireline customers in Pompano Beach, Fla., have been without service for almost 10 days after a construction company cut into severed one of the telco's area cables.

Windstream to shutter Virtual Business Exchange in four states

Windstream has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its Virtual Business Exchange (VBX) services in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wisconsin, signaling its ongoing movement to IP-based services.

Google Fiber's L.A., Chicago plans show it's serious about network expansion, Wells Fargo says

Google Fiber's ongoing buildout of its 1 Gbps-capable FTTH service in six metro areas and exploration into entering Los Angeles and Chicago is a sign that the service provider is looking to make a larger impact in the broadband market, says Wells Fargo in a research report.

WOW! Business channel deal with X4 Solutions expands reach in Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast

WOW! Business has inked a new channel partnership agreement with telecom master agent X4 Solutions, furthering the reach of its products in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S.

CenturyLink gets aggressive with FTTH, but cable retains upper hand in sub-10 Mbps markets

CenturyLink is seeing its FTTH rollout in 16 markets helping create awareness for its broader broadband portfolio, enabling it to take share and win back share from cable. In the markets where CenturyLink offers 1 Gbps FTTH, it is no surprise that the service provider isn't seeing every user taking up service since most users don't need that much bandwidth.

FairPoint eyes Maine, Vermont as next data center targets

FairPoint is looking at a number of new markets to take its data center services, with an eye on Maine and Vermont as its two next targets.

Submarine cable networks to grow 29 percent between 2014-2016, FCC says

Submarine cable capacity continues to rise, growing 36 percent a year between 2007 and 2014, says the FCC in its first "U.S. International Circuit Capacity Report." As a host of new submarine cable networks go into service over the next year, the commission expects submarine cable capacity to grow around 29 percent between 2014 and 2016.

AT&T's Lurie: Our wide-area wireless network gives us an advantage over cable in delivering mobile video

AT&T is aware that cable operators are trying to give their customers access to video services inside and outside the home, but Glen Lurie, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, says that the industry segment lacks one thing: wide-area wireless.