Phoenix approves Google Fiber operating license, potentially challenging CenturyLink, Cox Communications

Google Fiber has gotten approval from Phoenix's City Council to light up its 1 Gbps service in the city, should it decide to come there -- paving a potential new challenge to incumbent telco CenturyLink and cable operator Cox Communications.

XO takes success-based approach to on-net fiber buildouts

XO Communications may have set an ambitious strategy to extend fiber into more buildings in its growing territory, but the CLEC is taking a success-based approach on the building locations to extend its fiber.

Salisbury, N.C.'s Fibrant lights 10G FTTH network

Fibrant, Salisbury, N.C.'s municipal broadband operator, has launched a 10 Gbps FTTH service in an effort to up the ante in the emerging Gigabit broadband race.

Pay-TV, broadcaster retransmission process gets FCC review

With broadcasters having more leverage in retransmission negotiations since new regulations were put in place in 1992, the FCC voted unanimously to review the rules that govern retransmission consent negotiations between pay-TV operators and broadcasters.

CWA union calls for federal, state investigation into Verizon's copper network

The CWA has asked that federal and state regulators in the 11 states where Verizon operates wireline networks investigate its claims that the telco is not performing necessary repairs and upkeep on its copper landline networks. It has filed letters to regulators in six states and Washington, D.C.

Suddenlink extends 1 Gig service to four additional Texas cities

Suddenlink Communications is deepening its 1 Gbps buildout, extending service to an additional four cities in Texas: Lubbock, Shallowater, Wolfforth and Post. The cable provider's expansion is being made possible through its $250 million investment in network upgrades via its Operation GigaSpeed program, launched last August.

Frontier gets FCC approval of 3-state Verizon wireline deal

Frontier Communications has received the FCC's approval for its proposed acquisition of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas, clearing an important federal hurdle to complete the company-changing deal.

NTCA: Unsubsidized RLECs should provide reasonably priced broadband, voice services

A number of service providers may have set the amount of money they will accept from the FCC's CAF-II program, but the NTCA said that the regulator should require that non-subsidized carriers be required to provide reasonably priced broadband and voice services.

Lifeline broadband proposal gets mixed response from state and local leaders

The FCC's proposal to realign its Lifeline service program to focus on providing low-cost broadband services is being met with objections from a number of state and local government officials.

Network security firewall sales reach $1B in Q2 2015, says research firm

The ongoing realignment of data center architecture, including the migration to higher speeds, is driving growing demand for providers to upgrade network security throughput and performance, says Dell'Oro Group.

Verizon takes proactive approach to data breaches with new DBIR app

Verizon has introduced a new app, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) for Splunk software, enabling its enterprise customers to better understand cyber threats.

Comcast Business lights Gigabit Ethernet service for Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Comcast Business has built out Ethernet services to the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel, a win that illustrates the cable MSO's growing presence in the hospitality vertical.

Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Juniper service provider router sales benefit from 100GE migration

Router and switch vendors Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco and Juniper are reaping the rewards of carriers' hesitation to deploy SDN and move to 100 Gigabit Ethernet.

UPN remains open to acquisitions, finds Tier 2 market niche for dark fiber

Jason Adkins, president of Unite Private Networks (UPN), says that while it may not as big as a Tier 1 provider or Zayo Networks, the provider is finding a growing niche in Tier 2 markets that incumbents have shown little interest in serving.

Frontier: soon-to-be-acquired Verizon wireline assets see $1.45B revenue climb

Frontier Communications reported in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 8-K filing that the wireline assets it is acquiring from Verizon in California, Texas and Florida performed well during the second quarter with revenues rising year-over-year to $1.45 billion.

AT&T, Sprint and Verizon women executives drive influence in the wireless industry

While the overall telecom industry continues to be dominated by male executives, it's clear that women are becoming a growing and influential resource in the wireless and wireline industry segments. They are helping drive major network and marketing initiatives at some of the largest wireless operators and vendors in the U.S.

CenturyLink reaches nearly 50 percent of former Qwest households with 40 Mbps

CenturyLink said that it has continued to make progress in upgrading its existing copper network in the former Qwest serving territory, making it possible for nearly 50 percent of area non-rural customers to get up to 40 Mbps services.

AT&T expands FTTH network in Florida, Georgia and Texas, reaches parts of 15 major U.S. markets

AT&T is extending its U-verse with GigaPower service to over two dozen new cities in seven major metro areas where it has made its 1 Gbps FTTH service available to consumers and businesses.

CenturyLink promotes Ring to SVP of global field operations

CenturyLink has promoted Duane Ring to senior vice president of global field operations, overseeing the telco's growing data center and cloud services business lines.

Level 3, Birch and BT Americas say FCC has power to regulate ILEC special access rates

Level 3, Birch and BT Americas, three dominant U.S. competitive telcos, say that the FCC has broad power to adopt regulations governing rates for incumbent local exchange carrier (LEC) special access services.