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eircom vectored DSL to reach 700,000 premises by end of March; telco sees potential in G.fast

Ireland incumbent telco eircom said that its deployment of VDSL2 vectoring technology on its fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) network will deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps to 700,000 locations by the end of the month.

Verizon extends FiOS to 3.7M more homes and businesses in Connecticut, New York

Verizon may have curtailed any new FiOS expansions, but in Connecticut and New York it continued to put the fiber to the premises (FTTP)-based service into the hands of more users, making it available to a total of 3.7 million homes and businesses in both states as of the end of 2013.

TDS nears completion of stimulus project in parts of Indiana

TDS Telecom is nearing completion of a new broadband stimulus project, making service available to some residents and businesses located in Wingate and New Richmond, Indiana.

Vertical Systems Group: TWC, Cox, Comcast grow Ethernet service presence

Cable operators continue to gain ground in the ever evolving Ethernet services market as they aggressively build out their own fiber networks and service sets, according to Vertical Systems Group's latest Ethernet Leaderboard.

FirstLight targets wholesale opportunities with new Ethernet Access service

FirstLight Fiber has begun offering its wholesale Ethernet Access service throughout its entire footprint serving upstate New York and northern New England.

Tollgrade expands capabilities of in-home broadband testing tool

Tollgrade has added a software interface to its handheld VBT in-home broadband testing tool that will allow service providers to aggregate and store test results in a central location to ensure compliance with field repair processes.

Allstream promises Canadian businesses 'dramatically lower telecom costs'

Canadian IP telco Allstream has introduced a "SIP Gateway" service that it says will help Canadian businesses "save as much as 40 percent compared to traditional voice services."

CenturyLink wins $8.5M deal with Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., has enlisted CenturyLink to help with its voice, data and network telecommunications infrastructure service.

Google Fiber explores high-speed Internet for low-income areas of Nashville

Google Fiber is apparently taking a different twist on the old practice of cherry-picking. Rather than seeking out the deep-pocketed neighborhoods that would line up for its 1 Gbps broadband service, company officials were reportedly heading to Nashville this week to determine how they can bring high-speed access to "neighborhoods historically lacking access to that kind of service," a story in The Tennessean reported.

U.N. praises U.S. plans to transition oversight of Web domains

By agreeing to transition its oversight of domain names and other Internet architecture aspects to the international community, the U.S. is taking a step in the right direction of global, open Internet governance, a spokesman for the secretary general of the United Nations has said.

Level 3 exec: ISPs are playing a game of Internet 'chicken'

Last-mile ISPs are playing a game of "chicken" with the Internet, daring content providers to use their networks without paying a toll or suffer the consequences of poor service and connectivity to end users, according to a blog posted by Michael Mooney, general counsel-regulatory policy at Level 3 Communications.

Consumers concerned over Verizon, AT&T VoIP-only transition

Plans by AT&T and Verizon to shut down copper-based networks in favor of VoIP-only service are drawing concerns from consumers who worry that IP-only will interfere with services like burglar alarms, emergencies and fire alarm systems that depend on copper-based services. Some are even worried about losing copper-based Internet connections.

Windstream's Gardner on driving enterprise sales growth, post-Paetec acquisitions and the IP transition

LAS VEGAS--In recent years, Windstream has transformed itself into a major player in the business services space. Windstream CEO Jeff Gardner talked with FierceTelecom Senior Editor Sean Buckley during the COMPTEL Plus Spring convention about Windstream's position in the business services market, the transition to IP and where it might consider further acquisitions.

AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier see utility with copper but want flexibility in technology transition

LAS VEGAS--Copper wire retirement may be a concern for competitive providers, but AT&T, CenturyLink and Frontier said during a session at the COMPTEL Plus trade show that they are still finding value in telecom's ubiquitous access medium.

Global Capacity extends network presence in the UK, updates Ethernet tariff capabilities

LAS VEGAS--Global Capacity is giving its retail business and wholesale carrier customers another connectivity option by extending its One Marketplace service throughout the United Kingdom.

Verizon retirees issue challenge to board, senior execs

The Association of BellTel Retirees wants Verizon shareholders to support two proxy initiatives it maintains will make senior executives and the board of directors "more accountable to shareholders," the organization said in a press release.

Southern Telecom, Henry County Broadband working together to enhance Atlanta area fiber connectivity

Long haul and metro dark fiber provider Southern Telecom has entered into a strategic partnership with enterprise and commercial services broadband provider Henry County Broadband (HCB) to "provide reciprocal assets and services in the Atlanta, Macon and Henry County, Ga., areas," the two companies said in a press release.

BayRing Communications leverages FirstLight Fiber to extend fiber reach in New England

New England CLEC BayRing Communications and New York/New England facilities-based telecom service provider FirstLight Fiber have joined forces to enhance their fiber capabilities within the regional markets they serve throughout New England.

Telstra accelerates into the cloud with Cisco technology

Telstra is accelerating into the cloud using Cisco technology. The Australian telco giant said it will use Cisco's global cloud platform to provision cloud and network services in real-time to improve speed, security and performance for its customers.

ETSI, ONF partner on Network Functions Virtualization development

The development of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is getting the concentrated attention of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).