AT&T scores $150M deal with Marriott for VOIP, broadband and LTE backup

Marriott inked a three-year, $150 million deal with AT&T in which the operator will provide faster broadband services for Marriott guests, VOIP calling, cloud services and LTE backup.

Google Fiber likely to rebrand after Alphabet reorg: report

Google's surprise, late-afternoon Monday announcement that it will reorganize under a new holding company dubbed Alphabet may have some interesting ramifications for Google Fiber, as well as home automation-focused company Nest.

Verizon bundles VOIP and wireless for enterprise customers

Verizon Enterprise Solutions has combined its enterprise VOIP with the company's wireless service to offer Wireless Connected VOIP which is targeted at enterprises. Customers will benefit from cheaper long distance charges as the combo-plan eliminates long distance fees on calls that originate from a Verizon Enterprise VOIP customer.

Shentel's $640M purchase of nTelos to boost company's fiber, cable business

Mid-Atlantic telecommunications company Shentel said it will purchase nTelos for approximately $640 million in a move the company said will improve its fiber and cable holdings.

Adtran: 200 communities have deployed our 1-Gig services

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Networking company Adtran said that more than 200 communities have used its networking gear to deploy 1-Gig broadband services to consumers and enterprises. According to company executives, Adtran achieved that 200-community figure earlier than anticipated. Originally its goal was to outfit 200 communities by year-end 2015.

Verizon, Comcast, others sued by Alabama company over failure to pay $214M in 911 fees

Phone Recovery Systems filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts against Verizon Communications, Comcast and other phone companies claiming that the firms have failed to pay the state $214 million in fees to support the 911 system.

Verizon tests NG-PON2 technology to deliver 10-Gig broadband

Verizon Communications tested next-generation passive optical (NG-PON2)  fiber-to-the-premises technology from a central office in Framingham, Mass., to a FiOS customer's home three miles away and to a local business. The trial, which used gear from Cisco and PT Inovação, was able to deliver broadband speeds of 10-Gbps and higher.

Rating the top wireless providers in the U.S. in Q2

How did the top wireless providers in the U.S. fare during the second quarter of 2015? Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson takes an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US and Sprint performed.

CenturyLink to slash 1,000 jobs, won't backfill open positions

CenturyLink will be cutting 1,000 jobs nationwide over the coming weeks. CenturyLink spokesman Mark Molzen wrote in an email to FierceTelecom this morning that the positions that will be impacted would be finalized by early next month.

Ting mulls more 1 Gbps launches, eyes areas bypassed by Google Fiber

After chalking up two 1-Gigabit deployments in Charlottesville, Va., and Westminster, Md., earlier this year, Toronto-based Ting is taking a hard look at which U.S. cities will be next for the service.

Kansas University plots 100-Gig rollout in 2016 as research demands increase

Due to intensive research efforts, Kansas University is planning on launching a 100-Gig service in its hometown of Lawrence by the middle of next year.

Satellite broadband provider StarBand pulls plug

Satellite provider StarBand announced on Friday that was shutting down its broadband service effective Sept. 30.

AT&T Southeast employees on the job for now as negotiations continue

After the current contract ran its course on Saturday, 28,000 AT&T Southeast union employees could go on strike if a new agreement isn't reached.

Consolidated's Udell: Over 50% of our customers can get 100 Mbps broadband speeds

Consolidated Communications may be an advocate of fiber-based 1 Gbps broadband, but in the near-term it continues to see rapid subscriber uptake for existing speed tiers, particularly 100 Mbps.

TDS brings 1 Gig service to additional N.H., Indiana markets

TDS Telecom is continuing its aggressive 1 Gbps FTTH expansion plan, announcing that it is bringing service to two new towns in New Hampshire and one town in Indiana.

Windstream to expand 100G network, add nearly 20K route fiber miles

Windstream is bullish on its 100G long-haul network prospects for both enterprise and carrier customers, so much so that it has set forth a plan to add more fiber routes and entrance points to the network by the end of the year.

AT&T Southeast CWA workers approve strike on eve of expiring labor contract

AT&T Southeast workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union have voted to authorize a strike days before the current contract expires on midnight on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Lumos Networks gets $150M investment from Pamplona Capital, sets stage for growth

Lumos Networks has secured $150 million in funding Pamplona Capital Management, enabling it to pay down debt and pursue new potential organic and inorganic growth opportunities.

Wheeler: Transparency critical in IP, copper network transition

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not opposed to ILECs transitioning off their TDM networks and shutting down aging copper in lieu of fiber, but he said it should be done responsibly.

Backhaul to drive $8.5B market for edge routers by 2019

Sales of edge routers used for mobile backhaul will outpace growth of routers used for other applications, helping to boost the service provider edge router market to $8.5 billion by 2019, according to Dell'Oro Group.