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Broadband providers' 1 Gig rollouts drive consumer 'halo effect' in speed tiers

A 1 Gbps FTTH service may be enticing in terms of the nearly ubiquitous speed it provides, but it's hardly a fit for most consumers. Instead, a number of ILECs--including CenturyLink, Consolidated and TDS Telecom--are finding that their 1 Gbps buildouts are creating a broadband "halo effect."

Verizon serves up security, support and storage bundle for residential, SMB customers

Verizon has introduced its "Security, Support & Storage Bundle" for both residential and small business customers, a sign that it's broadening the market scope of its security services.

Cisco's Ahuja: Service provider interest in 100G is growing, but deployment timelines will vary

A top Cisco executive sees a host of ongoing opportunities to equip its service provider customers with 100G optical switching and optical gear. Speaking during the Cisco Financial Analyst day, Kelly Ahuja, SVP, Service Provider Business, Products and Solutions for Cisco, said that they are seeing more of its service provider customer base migrate their core and optical networks to 100G.

IEEE proposes standard to increase Ethernet speeds on existing Cat 5-6 cabling

A new IEEE proposed standard that it says will boost Ethernet speeds over category 5e and 6 cabling show there's still plenty of life in twisted pair wiring.

Windstream bridges private, public cloud with elastic hybrid cloud service

Windstream Hosted Solutions has introduced its new Elastic Hybrid Cloud as an enhancement to its Managed Private Cloud service that targets hybrid private and public cloud opportunities.

Cogent, AT&T bury the hatchet with new interconnection agreement

AT&T and Cogent have become the latest service providers to establish a new interconnection agreement on the eve of the FCC net neutrality rules going into effect this week.

AT&T boosts 75 Mbps U-Verse service availability to 70 markets

AT&T is continuing with its 75 Mbps U-verse broadband service tier rollout, announcing that it is bringing it to an additional nine markets in its wireline service territory.

CenturyLink's Jones on net neutrality, special access and the $500M Connect America Fund opportunity

John Jones may have only recently taken up his post as CenturyLink's senior vice president of public policy and government relations, but he's a 21-year company veteran who has spent that tenure leading state and federal regulatory and legislative initiatives, among other things. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, recently sat down with Jones to get his take on the FCC's new net neutrality rules, special access, video franchising and Connect America Fund-II.

Level 3, COMPTEL ask FCC to rework utility pole attachment rules

Level 3 and competitive telecom industry advocacy group COMPTEL filed comments asking the FCC resolve the lingering issue over pole attachment rates for cable and telecom providers.

Apple is building its own high-speed network to deliver content: Report

Apple reportedly has become the latest content provider to decide that building its own network to provide a speedier lane for its content is better than using traditional pipes from incumbent providers.

TDS Telecom extends multisite VoIP service outside ILEC territories

TDS Telecom has taken another step in offering a nationwide VoIP service with the launch of its expanded multi-location offering.

CWA accuses Verizon of abandoning broken wireline facilities in the Northeast

Verizon's largest union, the Communications Workers of America (CWA), is on the warpath again, charging that the telco is not repairing its damaged copper lines in the Northeast, but is instead driving customers to its wireless Voice Link home phone service.

VDSL2, PON gaining momentum in EMEA as overall broadband access market hits $3B

Service providers continue to transition their last mile networks to support higher speed bandwidth services using a mix of VDSL2 and PON equipment, a trend that Dell'Oro says drove up the worldwide broadband access market to $3 billion in the first quarter of 2015.

Granite targets shopping malls, retail vertical with fiber-based services

Granite Telecommunications may have carved out a sizeable niche as a voice provider to large businesses, but the company's move to offer a fiber-based networking solution targeting mall operators and retailers shows that it is looking to diversify its revenue base.

Consolidated brings 1 Gbps broadband service to Texas

Consolidated Communications is moving ahead with its 1 Gbps FTTH expansion effort, announcing that it launched the service for residents across its existing fiber network in the Houston area market.

AT&T shifts 130K employees to focus on software networking transition

AT&T's ongoing movement to control more of its network by software has required it to reorganize nearly 130,000 of its employees to focus on this new effort. Out of these 130,000 employees, 2,000 engineers are focused on software defined networking.

CenturyLink, LGS to upgrade DoD's DREN network to 40G

CenturyLink and its government systems partner LGS Innovations have been tapped by the Department of Defense to upgrade the Defense Research and Engineering Network to support 40 Gbps at five of its supercomputing locations.

RCN Business signs Intelisys to its growing agent program

RCN Business has taken another step forward with its channel strategy for the business customers it serves by naming Intelisys to its agent program.

Pay-TV providers battle the OTT trend with VOD and TV Everywhere services

As pay-TV providers see their bread-and-butter broadcast video revenues continue to decline due to competition from over-the-top services from Netflix and other online players, they are equipping themselves with a number of new weapons in their VOD and TV Everywhere arsenals.

Inteliquent taps former Sprint exec Carter to be new CEO

Inteliquent has named former Sprint executive Matt Carter to take over the reins of the company as its new president and CEO, signaling another step in the company's ongoing transition to refocus its efforts on the voice services space.