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Google Fiber construction disrupting K.C. residents' lives

There is no such thing as a free ride on the high-speed Internet, Kansas City, Mo., residents are learning as the construction of Google Fiber disrupts their daily lives with burst gas lines, construction workers in their backyards and ripped up lawns.

Chapel Hill, N.C., becomes latest AT&T 1 gig market

The North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) initiative served as a catalyst for AT&T's expanded 1 gigabit Internet delivery, which now will include residents and businesses in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Google turns up heat with 'Works with Nest' developer program for smart home services and applications

Google has ambitious plans to take its Nest Labs' digital thermostat and home security applications and expand it to other realms within the connected home, directly stomping into territory that service providers are trying to claim as their own.

Mayors unanimously oppose Internet fast lanes

The U.S. Conference of Mayors--a group including leaders of the nation's biggest cities--opposes any notion of Internet fast lanes. In a resolution unanimously adopted by its membership, the mayors made it clear that they like the way the Internet is operating as an open entity and they don't like the pay-for-play proposal being advanced by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

AT&T defends DirecTV acquisition to Congress, can't promise lower prices

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson told separate antitrust subcommittees in both the U.S. House and Senate that his company's proposed acquisition of DirecTV would "put downward pressure on cable products--cable bundles, cable video and cable broadband" but stopped short of assuring elected representatives that prices would be coming down.

CenturyLink's Feger: SDN, NFV are an evolution

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— CenturyLink may be just as anxious to use a mixture of software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as anyone, but the telco is realistic about how these technologies will fit into a network of its size.

Fibre Channel could re-energize $549M SAN market, study says

The storage area network (SAN) market reached $549 million globally in the first quarter of 2014, down 9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, but a transition in Fibre Channel switches from 8G to 16G could re-energize this segment, Infonetics Research reports.

BT upgrades monitoring service to help companies combat security threats

BT Security has completed a major upgrade to its threat monitoring service which it said will help companies better identify and protect against security threats. 

Lumos adds 15,000 buildings to 'near-net' list

Lumos Networks has added 15,000 buildings to its "near-net" list, which means that fiber connectivity can be extended to the building without the need for a public right of way permit. 

Enventis expands cloud services to include Wi-Fi and UC

Enventis, formerly known as HickoryTech, expanded its business cloud services to include a cloud Wi-Fi service, a hosted unified communications service called Cloud Compute and a data protection service. In addition, the company is expanding its SingleLink UC service, which was first introduced about 12 years ago.  

CenturyLink to open data center in Arizona

CenturyLink Technology Solutions will open a new 45,000-square-foot data center in Phoenix next month. The data center will be owned by software firm IO and will leverage IO's Intelligent Control technology platform.

FCC dedicates $2B to equip schools, libraries with Wi-Fi

The FCC is allocating $2 billion over the next two years to equip more schools and libraries with Wi-Fi connections to enable students to take advantage of new educational tools like tablets and digital textbooks.

Aereo's Supreme Court case could have big impact on OTT segment

While a number of industry watchers are betting that Aereo won't win its pending Supreme Court case, the case overall could have a rippling effect on the online video market.

Longmont, Colo., employs Calix for its 1 Gbps FTTH network

Longmont, Colo.-based municipal electric and broadband utility Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) is moving ahead with its 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) plan leveraging Calix's GPON gear.

AT&T, BT's TDM-to-IP migrations to drive new copper, fiber-based Ethernet deployments, says Infonetics

AT&T, BT and other traditional telcos' move to migrate more of their customers off TDM-based T1 and E1 access to IP-based services like Ethernet is expected to create a bountiful market opportunity for EFM (Ethernet in the first mile) bonded copper and fiber Ethernet access devices (EADs) vendors.

TeliaSonera International Carrier employs Ciena for Pan-European network upgrade

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has tapped Ciena as the optical vendor of choice to upgrade the pan-European segment of its global fiber network, enabling it to expand its portfolio of 1-100G services to its wholesale service provider customers.

Hurricane Electric establishes PoP at Boston's One Summer Street facility

IPv6 Internet backbone provider Hurricane Electric has made Boston the latest destination on its growing global network journey with a new point of presence (PoP) at the One Summer Street data center.

Middle mile, cloud will take center stage at FTTH Council 2014

FTTH Council Americas will hold its annual FTTH Conference next week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and FierceTelecom will be on site covering the show and moderating panels on key topics, including the middle mile and cloud services.

Report: Consumers aren't happy about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable tie-up

A new Consumer Reports survey reveals that most consumers--56 percent--don't think the mega merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is a good idea.

Level 3 enables China Telecom to deliver cloud-based video

Level 3 is extending its video cloud services to the China market by signing an agreement with China Telecom Global Limited (CTG).