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AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink brace for GSA's upcoming EIS telecom contract

A group of the largest telcos, including AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink, will soon be turning their attention to the General Service Administration's (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, the follow-on to the multi-billion dollar Networx telecom contract.

Comcast Business establishes PoP in vXchnge data centers, enhances Ethernet reach

Comcast Business continues to expand its presence in carrier neutral data centers, announcing that it has established point-of-presence (PoP) in three major vXchnge data centers.

Ritter Communications, iRiS establish Ethernet pact to bring service to 100 rural communities

Ritter Communications has struck an interconnection agreement with iRis Networks to bring fiber and Ethernet services to more than 100 rural markets in Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

FairPoint loses $43M in Q4 due to weather, labor strike

FairPoint Communications reported that a spate of inclement weather events combined with a four-month labor strike impacted residential broadband installations as the company was forced to curtail near-term marketing plans to focus on customer support.

Thomas: Windstream holds advantage in second, third tier markets

Tony Thomas took over the CEO role at Windstream CEO n in December when Jeff Gardner announced he was resigning from the company. Prior to his new role, he was president of its real estate investment (REIT) company and earlier served as CFO. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, recently caught up with Thomas to talk about his vision for the company in 2015 and beyond.

Frontier's Wilderotter to step down, McCarthy to assume CEO role

Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter is going to step down as CEO and is transitioning to an executive chair role in April. Taking over the CEO role is Dan McCarthy, who currently serves as Frontier's president and COO.

Level 3's Storey says incumbents' wireless focus gives it more enterprise opportunities

Level 3 Communications CEO Jeff Storey has indicated that the strategy by incumbent telcos, namely AT&T and Verizon, to increase their focus on their wireless businesses is helping Level 3 win more deals in the enterprise services space.

Comcast Business challenges FairPoint by deepening New Hampshire, Vermont Ethernet reach

Comcast Business is turning up the competitive heat on local incumbent telco FairPoint Communications by making its Ethernet service suite available to businesses in three New Hampshire and Vermont communities.

CenturyLink will look at M&A deals that could bolster its business portfolio, says Ewing

CenturyLink has been a bit quiet on the acquisition front lately at a time when the wireline industry is going through another key round of consolidation led by Frontier Communications and Level 3 Communications, but it will consider a deal if it makes sense.

Charter, Dish executives among new pay-TV industry stars to watch in 2015

DishNetwork's Charlie Ergen and Comcast's Brian Roberts may be the household names in the pay-TV industry, but it's the up-and-coming executives in these companies who are helping to drive key initiatives. 

Verizon's Shammo hints that company may offload more non-strategic assets

Verizon recently confirmed that it would sell off its wireline assets in three markets to Frontier, but it appears that the telco would be happy to make similar deals if it found a buyer that would offer the right terms.

Verizon gets local voice regulatory relief in Philadelphia

Verizon has struck a regulatory coup in Pennsylvania as the Public Utility Commission (PUC) voted to deregulate the prices the telco can charge for basic phone service in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and three other regions, a move that critics say could raise service prices for consumers, reports philly.com.

Mitel acquires Mavenir for $560M, enhances mobile, enterprise collaboration capabilities

Mitel has reached a deal to acquire Mavenir Systems for $560 million, a deal that will give the company an expanded set of mobile capabilities it can use to target a host of new cloud-based unified communications and rich communications services opportunities across a mix of wireline and wireless network environments.

AT&T on track to virtualize 5% of network functions by end of 2015, Donovan says

AT&T continues to make progress with its efforts to virtualize network functions, announcing during this week's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain that it plans to virtualize 5 percent of network functions on its AT&T Integrated Cloud by the end of this year.

PON deployments drove up broadband access market to $11.5B in 2014, says Dell'Oro

The ongoing deployment of PON, particularly GPON, for fiber-to-the-premises services has helped drive up the total broadband access market segment to $11.5 billion in 2014, according to a new Dell'Oro Group report.

Shentel's fiber lease revenue increases 18%, offsets legacy voice declines

Shentel's fiber leasing business has been a saving grace in its wireline portfolio, rising 18.6 percent year-over-year to $8.4 million in the fourth quarter, a factor that helped the company offset ongoing losses in traditional voice service revenues.

Report: CenturyLink's cloud chief Higginbotham to depart

CenturyLink's key cloud guru Andrew Higginbotham is going to be leaving the telco after a 14-year tenure with the company, according to a Gigaom report.

CenturyLink, Frontier, TDS and others remain divided on new net neutrality rules

CenturyLink, Frontier Communications and TDS, three telcos that have a long heritage of serving Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, are taking diverging paths on what they think about the FCC's passing of new rules to reclassify broadband service under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act and Section 706 of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Windstream CEO: We're ready to deliver 1 Gbps FTTP service

Windstream has not officially unveiled any specific plans for delivering a 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service, but according to new CEO Tony Thomas, the company is ready to deliver it in various markets.

CenturyLink's Phoenix fiber network restored after being compromised by vandals

CenturyLink said it has restored service in north Phoenix and northern Arizona after repairing a fiber line that it said was "deliberately cut" in the New River area.