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Verizon grows California, Massachusetts FiOS footprint to 2.4M homes and businesses

Verizon may have no immediate plans to enter new markets with FiOS, but in existing markets like California and Massachusetts, the service provider extended the service to a total of 2.4 million homes and businesses in 2013.

Verizon leads Consumer Reports satisfaction survey while Comcast plummets

Verizon may still be a relative newcomer in the consumer TV race, but its efforts have paid off as its FiOS came in first in Consumer Reports' overall satisfaction survey, beating out Comcast, which came in 15th out of 17 service providers in the category.  

Lightpath lights up 100G optical transport service

Lightpath is giving its customers that reside in the New York metro area a new speed option by offering a 100G optical transport service (OTS).

CenturyLink to enhance its data center reach in eight markets

CenturyLink will enhance its global data center presence in eight markets this year in response to the growing demand for cloud, colocation and managed services.

AT&T mandated by Michigan PSC to file interconnection agreement with Sprint

AT&T has been told by the Michigan Public Service Commission that it now has to file an IP service interconnection agreement with Sprint.

Report: CenturyLink Idaho says a 1 Gbps fiber-based connection is overkill

CenturyLink is confident that in the near term, the average residential and business user in Idaho will have no need for a 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband connection to their premises, reports the Idaho Statesman.

Amazon, Salesforce, IBM dominate IaaS, PaaS cloud infrastructure segments, says Synergy

Amazon, Salesforce and IBM have become the three companies to beat in the growing infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) segments of the cloud market, according to Synergy Research's fourth-quater 2013 report.

FirstLight increases Vermont data center footprint

FirstLight Fiber has made its latest move to enhance its presence in the Northeast, announcing that it expanded its Vermont data center.

Brazil's Telebras nearly complete with DWDM build supporting World Cup

Telebras, Brazil's state-owned telco, is in the process of completing the construction of DWDM optical rings that will connect the 12 arenas that will serve as the host for the 2014 World Cup event.

Cisco makes $1B bet on the cloud

Cisco is making a bold bet to become a larger player in the burgeoning cloud market with plans to invest $1 billion to build what it calls a global Intercloud--a network of clouds.

Cogent offers to pay cable MSOs, telcos to improve Internet traffic exchange

Cogent Communications is taking a new approach to solving the Internet traffic exchange process by offering to pay U.S.-based Tier 1 telcos and cable operators (Verizon, Comcast, AT&T and Time Warner Cable) for necessary network upgrades.

ABI Research: Security segment share of smart home market to drop 50 percent by 2019

Home security monitoring vendors continue to enjoy a dominant position in the U.S. managed smart home market, but according to a new ABI Research report, their market share will plummet over 50 percent as a host of new competitors emerges.

AT&T invests over $3.85B to enhance Dallas, Houston networks, increases U-verse reach

AT&T is making progress expanding its local wireless and wireline network capabilities in its home state of Texas, announcing that it invested more than $3.85 billion in both Dallas and Houston in 2013.

CenturyLink, Windstream take bigger bite out of incumbent Ethernet market, says VSG

CenturyLink and Windstream have both come a long way from their traditional rural telco roots by becoming larger factors in the U.S. incumbent Ethernet services market.

VSG: tw telecom, XO, Level 3 take dominant competitive Ethernet position

tw telecom continues to enjoy a top spot in the competitive Ethernet market due to its aggressive buildout of its fiber network and new software-based capabilities, according to Vertical Systems Group's new Competitive Provider Business Ethernet Leaderboard.

Georgia's Habersham electric cooperative gets into the 1 Gbps FTTH game

Habersham EMC (HEMC), a member-owned electric cooperative serving northeast Georgia, is the latest service provider to introduce a 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service targeting five of the state's communities.

Will rising content costs, network management drive Netflix to increase its prices?

While no one wants to pay more for online video services, Amazon's recent move to raise its Prime membership to $99 could be just the start. Will Netflix and other subscription video on demand (SVOD) services move to raise their prices as well? Sam Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, examines why subscription prices are likely to rise over the next year. Read more

AT&T invests $1.35B in Alabama local network, extends U-verse to 36,000 new users

AT&T is giving its consumer and business users in Alabama access to more of its next-gen service set, investing more than $1.35 billion in its local networks between 2011 and 2013.

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.