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Windstream implements Overture's 6500 platform for multi-access Ethernet strategy

Windstream is leveraging Overture's 6500 platform as part of its multi-access Ethernet service initiative, accommodating a mix of fiber, copper, SONET and TDM across its ILEC and CLEC footprints.

Grande extends 1 Gbps service into more parts of Austin

Grande Communications, a Texas-based cable overbuilder, is extending its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to all new and existing customers in the West Campus area of Austin.

Summit IG sees opportunities in Virginia with new 170-mile dark fiber network

Summit IG has become the latest service provider to make a name for itself in the burgeoning dark fiber market with the completion of a 170-mile regional long-haul dark fiber network connecting the greater Richmond, Va., area.

Verizon enhances cloud purchasing experience with new marketplace

Verizon is looking to help make the cloud purchasing process easier for its business customers with its Verizon Cloud Marketplace.

AT&T, Cisco serve up new cloud-based conferencing tool for business customers

AT&T and vendor partner Cisco have developed a new collaboration tool that they say lets business customers immediately activate a conference with voice, video and content sharing over any Internet-enabled device, whether it is a smart phone, tablet or traditional desktop computer.

Cisco's service provider routing market share rebounds with APAC, EMEA growth, says Synergy

Cisco may have seen its hold on the routing market slip in recent years, but according to Synergy Research Group, the vendor saw its share of service provider router and carrier Ethernet market improve due to strong performance in the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions in the third quarter of 2014.

New Zealand's UFB network boasts 55,000 users, ups build target to 80%

New Zealand's ultra-fast broadband (UFB) fiber network service is now being used by over 10 percent of the country's households where the services are available.

Midcontinent plans to extend 1-Gig service to 3 Midwest states

Midcontinent Communications, a regional cable operator based in the Midwest, has become the latest service provider to enter the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) game, with plans to offer the service in various communities in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

Optical gear spending drops 5% as traditional providers tighten spending strings

Spending on optical networking equipment has dipped 5 percent year-over-year as Tier 1 telcos become cautious about spending capital on new network builds, according to Infonetics' third-quarter 2014 Optical Network Hardware report.

Telus serves up cloud-based collaboration, contact services

Telus is enhancing its movement into the cloud services segment by offering its Canadian business customers two new cloud-based services focused on contact center and collaboration applications.

Lightower completes expansion of its Virginia network, enhances Mid-Atlantic reach

Lightower Fiber has completed the 1,100-mile expansion of its fiber network throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro region, deepening its presence in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Comcast Business enhances customer reach to cloud, data center applications

Comcast Business is taking advantage of the growing cloud services trend by launching a new program that it says can provide a more efficient means for businesses to access their cloud services.

TDS Telecom adds Monroe, Wis., to its growing 1-Gig broadband list

TDS Telecom is extending its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) Internet product to Monroe, Wis., the latest town in its home state to get the new service.

Consolidated poses challenge to Google Fiber with 1-Gig residential offering in Kansas City

Consolidated Communications (CCI) has finally responded to Google Fiber's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) call in Kansas City, Mo., with its own 1 Gbps Internet package for residential customers.

FCC's Wheeler proposes increasing E-Rate program cap to $3.9 billion

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has put forth a proposal to increase the e-rate program funding cap to $3.9 billion in order to drive more fiber and Wi-Fi connections, particularly in rural and less affluent areas of the United States.

CenturyLink proposes TDM-to-IP transition trial in Las Vegas

CenturyLink has asked the FCC for permission to conduct its own TDM-to-IP trials with a particular focus on business customers replacing their traditional POTS voice services with VoIP. The service provider expects the proposed trial in Las Vegas to last approximately six months in 12 wire centers.

LRG: Pay-TV providers saw largest subscriber declines ever in Q3

Pay-TV operators had a tough third-quarter period, losing nearly 150,000 subscribers during the period, according to a new Leichtman Research Group (LRG) report.

BT says it is not selling its Global Services subsidiary despite shareholders' call to offload it

BT has dismissed rumors that it has plans to sell or spin off its Global Services subsidiary despite a call by its shareholders to offload it.

MTS Allstream names Forbes as new CEO

MTS Allstream has named Jay Forbes as its new CEO and member of its board of directors, replacing Pierre Blouin, who is retiring from the company at the end of the year.

FCC wants AT&T to provide information on fiber investment delay

The FCC is asking AT&T to provide more information about comments that CEO Randall Stephenson made saying that the company would delay new fiber network investments pending the outcome of the proposed net neutrality rules.