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BT Global to extend Ethernet VPN service to 15 new markets

BT Global Services is enhancing the reach of its flagship Ethernet-based VPN and Internet services across multiple countries, a move that will further boost its competitive stance against front runners like Orange Business Services and other global players.

Counting down the top five wireless job cutters

Whether it's due to exiting a business or improving their balance sheets, companies in the wireless market are making changes that are driving thousands of workers out of their jobs this year.

San Francisco to vote on 'dig once' proposal to accelerate city's fiber network buildout

Some San Francisco city managers see fiber as a key asset for the city, and are considering a proposal that would require workers to install fiber when conducting other road work. Specifically, the proposal would require the city's Department of Technology to install conduit for fiber cable whenever a trench is being dug for electrical or sewer work, reports the San Francisco Examiner.

Comptel's Pickering on setting a new competitive agenda, TDM/IP transition and Telecom Act rewrite

Chip Pickering, one of the key architects behind the landmark 1996 Telecom Act, took over the helm at Comptel as CEO in January. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, caught up with Pickering at Comptel's fall show to talk about his first nine months on the job and how he sees the growth of Comptel and the changing competitive service provider landscape.

100G adoption drives up OTN switching, P-OTS markets 35%, says Infonetics

As more service providers deploy 100G optical across their networks, it is driving up optical transport network (OTN) and packet optical transport system (P-OTS) revenues for Alcatel-Lucent, Ciena and Infinera, the industry segment's key suppliers.

Report: Cisco's proposed reorganization could affect 25,000 routing, switching employees

Cisco's ongoing reorganization of its routing and switching business into two larger teams could affect up to 25,000 workers, reports Business Insider.

Integra serves up new dedicated 100G routes

Integra is making more use out of its 100G network migration by offering customers dedicated Express Routes for its optical wavelength service line.

TIA appoints ITS America president for new CEO role

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is retooling its top leadership by naming Scott F. Belcher to the newly created CEO position.

Competitive providers get creative in local permitting processes

Every service provider, whether it be a traditional ILEC or a competitive provider, continues to find that the largest challenges lie in dealing with state and local government agencies and gaining utility rights-of-way along existing aerial poles.

Verizon Wireless' dark fiber backhaul quest poses opportunities, challenges for wholesalers

DALLAS--Verizon Wireless' desire to get dark fiber as its wireless backhaul medium is seen as both a blessing and a curse for many wholesale service providers serving the wireless industry.

Pay-TV's OTT efforts may rope in millennials; then again they may not

Pay TV providers are increasingly advancing the notion of launching their own OTT efforts to rope in millennials who, at best, are "cord maybes" and at worst may be "cord nevers."

Supreme Court rejects Verizon's $51M tax appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has effectively ended Verizon's fight with the IRS to avoid paying $51 million in taxes for an obsolete service connected to dial-up modems.

USTelecom petitions FCC for relief from legacy regulations

Regulations dating back to when phone companies had a monopoly on voice services are outdated and need to be revised because they impede investments in high-speed broadband networks, among other things. That's the gist of a petition trade group USTelecom filed with the FCC in which it noted that regulations imposed on telcos are archaic in a new era of telecommunications competition.

Updated: Cox goes Gig-to-Gig with CenturyLink in Phoenix with residential launch

Cox Communications has beaten CenturyLink to the punch by officially launching 1 Gbps service for residential customers in Phoenix.  CenturyLink had previously launched 1-Gig service to 16 cities, including Phoenix, in August.

Frontier's West Va. fiber dealings under federal scrutiny

The U.S. Commerce Department's inspector general has asked West Virginia officials to turn over invoices and thousands of documents pertaining to how Frontier Communications used federal stimulus funds in connection with a $42 million fiber optic network built in that state.

FCC's Wheeler: IP transition is not a license to limit competition

DALLAS—FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, like his commission colleagues, is a champion of the IP transition and the capabilities it will bring to service providers but wants to ensure it does not affect competition.

GCI set to launch 1 Gbps service in Fairbanks; Execulink Telecom targets Delhi, Ontario

Alaskan telecom provider GCI plans to offer 1 Gbps Internet to Fairbanks customers by 2016, making Fairbanks the third community in Alaska where GCI has promised to deliver faster Internet speeds. GCI previously announced plans for 1 Gbps service in Juneau and Anchorage.

Dark fiber, small cells represent the next stage of the wireless backhaul land grab

With much of the large-scale wireless backhaul networks built out to accommodate the growing 4G LTE service base, the question is: What's the next frontier for wholesale providers?

West Virginia regulators send Citynet-Frontier dispute to administrative law judge

The West Virginia Public Service Commission (PSC) has essentially washed its hands of an ongoing dispute between Frontier Communications and Citynet. The PSC sent the case to an administrative law judge, who is expected to deliver an opinion by April 3, 2015.

CenturyLink told to modify comparative Internet speed advertising claims

The National Advertising Division (NAD) wants CenturyLink to modify the way it compares its Internet speeds with those offered by Comcast.