As we look to close out yet another year here at FierceTelecom, it's time to reflect back on the major news themes of the past year. Net neutrality and consolidation were just a couple of the key topics that will continue to dominate the industry. Once you've checked out this year's biggest stories, let us know what you think in the comments.
FairPoint Communications' pending $13 million contract with New Hampshire has gone into limbo as the state has decided to delay action amidst a spike in service outages that have emerged during a labor strike by its northern New England employees.
Republican Congressional leaders are proposing a new plan that could prevent service providers from giving priority for some websites over others, reports The Washington Post, citing unnamed industry officials close to the plans.
Alcatel-Lucent said that it sees software-defined networking (SDN) technology becoming a tool that service providers will use to automate their network and service delivery functions.
While the overall application delivery controller (ADC) market only grew slightly over 1 percent sequentially, virtual appliances helped make up the slack, rising 17 percent during the quarter, says Dell'Oro Group.
BT is upping the ante of its holiday promotional efforts by serving up discounts for customers that purchase its Infinity 1 broadband and voice service bundle plan.
CenturyLink is officially establishing itself as the new video provider in Portland, Ore., as the telco reached a deal for a new franchise agreement with city officials with plans to deliver service sometime in 2015, reports The Oregonian.
Windstream has won a five-year multi-million dollar contract from the National Weather Service (NWS) to supply Ethernet-based services to the agency's Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) that are housed in various locations throughout the United States.
Hibernia Networks is connecting its Express submarine cable to Cork, Ireland, via the buildout of a new cable landing station, giving area service providers and businesses access to North America and the U.K.
Growing interest from large service providers like AT&T in network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) are setting the stage for a market that's forecast to reach nearly $21 billion by 2020, according to a new report from SNS Research.
BT has launched a trial of fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) technology in London as part of a broader initiative that it says will help it bring higher speed broadband service to harder-to-access locations in UK-based cities.
Connecticut's plan to build a statewide Gigabit-capable fiber network has brought a consortium of 46 of the state's municipalities, representing nearly 50 percent of its population, to participate.
Level 3 Communications is implementing a fully meshed MPLS network for international satellite provider Globalstar Communications' worldwide ground station locations.
Windstream is taking the next step in its 100G journey, selecting Cyan's Z-Series packet-optical hardware to upgrade its regional and metro networks to 100G.
Verizon sent a letter to the FCC this week saying the government can't regulate the interconnection deals the company strikes with third-party content providers like Netflix.
Enterprises continue to be cautious about spending money on new services and network equipment with vendor revenues for the last four quarters declining, but by less than 1 percent on an annualized basis.
Windstream's proposed buildout of its new Kinetic IPTV service in Lincoln, Neb., is facing protest from local cable incumbent Time Warner Cable, which says the telco is getting a better franchise deal.
Verizon has implemented what it says is the first office application (FOA) of Ciena's 200G technology over about 200 miles on its long-haul production network between Boston and New York.
Google Fiber has delayed an announcement about where it will extend its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) data and video services until "early next year," according to various reports.
AT&T has named Atlanta as the newest city that will be getting its fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) service as part of the fiber-ready building program under its Project VIP initiative.