Windstream extends 100 Mbps speeds to consumers, SMBs in 250 markets

Windstream is bringing up to 100 Mbps speeds to nearly 240 markets in 16 states, making its service more competitive with cable operators that are poaching Windstream's growing mix of consumer and small- to medium-sized business customers.

AT&T beats out T-Mobile in August's wireless TV advertising spending rush

AT&T has taken over the wireless TV advertising spending crown from T-Mobile in August, says a new FierceWireless report -- AT&T leads wireless TV ad spending in AugustFierceWireless is providing a monthly look at the wireless industry's advertising spending in partnership with TV advertising provider

Cincinnati Bell: 30 Mbps is our broadband sweet spot

Cincinnati Bell may be an advocate of 1 Gbps FTTH service, but like other wireline telcos it has found that in the near-term most of its customers find utility in 30 Mbps speed services.

UPN, Zayo carve out growing niche in turnkey wireless backhaul services

Wireless backhaul has become a big business opportunity for a growing number of wireline-centric service providers, but providing fiber and bandwidth services has become just one part of a broader equation for Unite Private Networks (UPN) and Zayo.

Mass. mayors plead with Verizon to bring FiOS to their towns

Verizon may be sticking to its guns that it won't build out FiOS to any new markets, but that has not stopped the mayors from Peabody and Salem, Mass., from pleading with the telco to build out its FTTH service in their towns.

Windstream remains mum on data center sale rumors, says cloud services are critical

A Windstream executive would not confirm the company is going to sell off its data center business, Hosted Solutions, debunking rumors that emerged in August that a deal was forthcoming.

Google Fiber cites Irvine, Louisville and San Diego as potential 1 Gig targets

Google Fiber has cited that it is talking to three new cities  -- Irvine, Calif.; Louisville, Ky. and San Diego -- as three cities that it is considering to light its 1 Gbps service, but there's no promise the service provider will move forward with an actual deployment.

CenturyLink's Post: We're not threatened by the Charter/Time Warner Cable merger

CenturyLink is aware that when Charter Communications completes its acquisition of Time Warner Cable the merger will give CenturyLink a larger threat in its residential and business service capabilities, but the telco says it has the right weapons to compete.

Metro Ethernet Forum says 55 service providers now have CE 2.0 certification

The Metro Ethernet Forum said that the number of service providers that have received MEF CE 2.0 certification has risen 82 percent from 28 percent in the second quarter of 2014 and 55 providers worldwide as of August.

Frontier will gain revenue benefits from CAF-II program, says Jefferies

Frontier, a telco that's focused on serving Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, may see a large revenue gain in the next year by expanding broadband services through the second phase of the Connect America Fund (CAF-II). Financial analyst firm Jefferies said in a research report that out of all of the telcos that accepted CAF-II funding, Frontier should benefit the most with "2016 revenue/EBITDA up +2.8 percent /+6.8 percent relative to the prior support mechanism."

AT&T's Stephens: We'll meet our FTTH goals by extending fiber from existing builds

AT&T is not afraid of meeting its ambitious goal to bring its 1 Gbps FTTH service to an additional 11.7 million locations it agreed to meet as one of the tenets with the FCC to get approval of its DirecTV acquisition.

Verizon's Global Business unit looks to improve operations amidst copper migration, IP price compression challenges

Verizon's Global Business division continues to operate in a challenging environment as the newer IP-based services aren't making up for declines in legacy TDM.

RCN Business extends data center reach into two new Greater Boston area locations

RCN Business is enhancing its data center reach in the Greater Boston area by opening new facilities in Bedford and Waltham, Mass., bringing its total number of area data centers to eight.

Cincinnati Bell seeks to expand business, wholesale services influence in new territories

Cincinnati Bell may have come into 2015 with a conservative outlook for its business service segment, but it is finding new growth in the segment as it wins new contracts and expands its out of territory reach.

AT&T offers $10K reward for vandals that damaged Ukiah, Calif. fiber network

AT&T has once again found its network being compromised by vandals and its offering up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those people responsible for attempted copper theft in Ukiah, Calif. that caused damage to a fiber line.

Verizon's Stratton: We don't see quad-play as essential

Verizon may have a strong set of wireline and wireless assets, but the telco does not see itself following its European service provider counterparts in offering a quad-play service bundle for its consumers.

Level 3, Google strike interconnection pact to improve CDN access

Level 3 Communications has established a new interconnection agreement with Google Cloud Platform, allowing customers to get access to content delivery network services through CDN Interconnect, part of the Google Cloud Interconnect product line.

Birch launches wholesale service portal, adds cloud PBX, SIP trunking services to portfolio

Birch Communications has introduced new enhancements to its Birch Carrier Solution (BCS) wholesale port and is adding new elements to its wholesale products portfolio, providing customers with new options to deliver voice, data and cloud services to their customer bases.

Cable sees DOCSIS 3.1 as the competitive response to Google Fiber, telcos' 1 Gbps drive

Cable operators aren't running scared from the 1 Gbps threat made by Google Fiber (NASDAQ: GOOG) and a growing base of telcos like AT&T (NYSE: T) and CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), but rather are fighting back with the DOCSIS 3.1 standard, one that Cable Labs says will support 1 Gbps over their existing hybrid fiber coax networks. Read more here.

Does Verizon's CAF-II refusal mean another wireline asset sale is coming?

Sean Buckley

Verizon's recent decision to turn down the $144 million of the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II) comes at a time when new rumors have emerged that it could hang up more of its wireline assets. So who would be the potential bidders for Verizon's wireline assets?