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Comcast pushes back heralded 2 Gbps fiber-to-the-home rollout

Comcast said it will rollout its 2 Gbps fiber-to-the-home service Gigabit Pro in June. The company was supposed to debut the service in May but was delayed.

CenturyLink exec Karen Puckett to retire

Karen Puckett, president of global markets at CenturyLink, will retire Aug. 31. Her position, at least in the interim, will be filled by Ross Garrity, senior vice president of IT solutions.

Lifeline Assistance Program needs broadband in reform, legislators say

Two U.S. senators and a congresswoman have thrown their support behind the Broadband Adoption Act of 2015, citing the need for the Lifeline Assistance Program to include subsidies for broadband Internet services.

Philadelphia suburb sues service providers over 911 fees

Philadelphia suburb Delaware County is suing 19 Pennsylvania telecom providers because, it claims, they came up short on $41.4 million in 911 fees over a six-year period, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Cisco's incoming CEO Robbins gives co-presidents Lloyd and Moore the boot

Two Cisco presidents will depart as part of an organizational restructuring instituted by incoming CEO Chuck Robbins.

Level 3 takes active role in blocking traffic to criminal sites

Level 3 Communications has been taking what industry watchers say is an aggressive and potentially risky approach to battle criminal activity by blocking traffic to servers that could have ties to criminal organizations, reports The Wall Street Journal.

America Movil anticipates AT&T's Mexico push with FTTH plans

As it gets ready to face off against AT&T's eventual move into Mexico's TV market, América Móvil plans to build a new $50 billion fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

TeliaSonera extends fiber into Netrality Properties' Kansas City, Philadelphia and Houston facilities

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) is enhancing its presence in the United States wholesale services market by establishing fiber connections at three of Netrality Properties' facilities in Kansas City, Philadelphia and Houston.

Frontier's Ethernet service drives automation, higher bandwidth, but migration challenges remain

Frontier Communications sees Ethernet a top priority as the service mechanism for both its retail business and wholesale service lines, but migration challenges for both segments will continue during its TDM-to-IP transition process. 

ABI: Self-installable capabilities will prompt 15M more homes to adopt home security monitoring by 2020

Home security monitoring is being used by a growing group of home services and device providers as a way to introduce home automation services to homeowner customers. According to a new ABI Research report, 15 million homes will invest in new connected home security services by the year 2020.

Dell'Oro: Data center interconnection drives up optical equipment revenue to $2.8B

The optical transport market rose to $2.87 billion in the first quarter of 2015 as service providers increased spending on WDM equipment to satisfy growing data interconnection needs, says Dell'Oro Group.

Citi: Ericsson bid for Ciena, Juniper isn't going to happen

If Ericsson were to purchase Ciena or Juniper, the argument is that it could bolster its lagging wireline portfolio, but one Citigroup analyst says that neither deal is likely to happen.

Vonage says there's still 85% of the SMB market left to penetrate with cloud services

While other VoIP and cloud providers are anxious to move up markets into larger business accounts, Vonage maintains there's plenty of the small to medium business (SMB) market that has not been penetrated yet.

Zayo promotes Morley, Erickson as COOs of cloud and physical infrastructure units

Zayo Group has promoted two of its key executives, Matthew Erickson and Chris Morley, as COOs of their respective Physical Infrastructure and Cloud and Connectivity business units.

Equinix outbids Interxion for Telecity with $3.6B offer

Equinix has announced an agreement to acquire UK-based Telecity for $3.6 billion, effectively beating out Interxion, which announced an all-stock bid for the company in February.

Frontier targets millennials with OTT, over-the-air video trial

A top Frontier Communications executive revealed it is moving ahead with its trial of over-the-top video with its partner TiVo as a way to appeal to users who are not interested in traditional linear television services.

Alcatel-Lucent unveils transition solution for service providers' PSTN voice networks

Alcatel-Lucent has introduced a new solution that it says will help service providers, particularly those with large PSTN networks, migrate to an all-IP network infrastructure.

FCC Chairman Wheeler unveils $1.7B plan to extend broadband to the poor

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced a number of new proposals that he says will restructure and modernize the regulator's $1.7 billion Lifeline voice service program by redirecting funds to extend broadband to lower income residents.

NTS extends Gigabit network to downtown Lubbock, Texas

NTS Communications has completed the buildout of a new Gigabit fiber network in Lubbock, Texas, enabling it to provide service to local business customers in serviceable areas, including the city's downtown business district.

Report: Ciena, Juniper could become acquisition targets for Ericsson

With Nokia's recent move to acquire Alcatel-Lucent in full play, Ericsson is now looking at its own purchase options, which, reports say, potentially could include Juniper or Ciena.