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Google throws support behind alternative set-top proposal

Google is showing support for a pay-TV group's recently proposed alternative to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal.

Verizon virtualization drive will reduce capex, boost network builds, says research firm

Verizon may be less vocal than AT&T about its SDN and NFV transition, but with plans to have all of its relevant network functions in a virtual environment by the end of 2018, it's clear that this transition is a top priority for the telco. 

Google Fiber granted 82 fiber hut permits in Charlotte, North Carolina

Google Fiber is progressing with its FTTH build in Charlotte, North Carolina as the service provider has been granted 82 permits for aerial and underground network facilities.

Cleareon establishes dark fiber presence in Digital Realty's NYC data center facilities

Cleareon, an emerging dark fiber provider, has expanded its network to include Digital Realty's "NYC Trifecta" by establishing points of presence in Digital Realty's NYC1, NYC2 and NYC3 data centers.

CenturyLink furthers SDN transition with new SD-WAN service

CenturyLink has made another step in its virtualization journey by introducing a new fully managed software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution.

Frontier hires Stein to lead Southeast region following rocky Verizon assets transition

Frontier has appointed Matt Stein as VP of Southeast region marketing, marking the latest in a series of appointments it has made to bolster leadership in the regions the telco entered through its purchase of Verizon properties. Consumers and business suffered downtime immediately following the cutover of those assets to Frontier.

As AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink migrate to SDN, reliability and service agility are top priorities

At the recent TIA 2016 trade show, a group of service providers including CenturyLink, Verizon and XO Communications gathered on a stage to talk about transitioning to SDN and NFV. What was striking about the panel was how all three operators were concerned about making SDN and NFV reliably work in their networks.

FCC's Wheeler: Lack of backhaul competition could delay 5G wireless deployments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says as wireless operators hone their 5G plans, which will leverage higher band frequencies, there will be a need for more cost effective wireline-based backhaul solutions.

Altice's Cablevision acquisition expands 1 Gbps, business capabilities

Altice is now the fourth largest U.S. cable operator as it completed its $17.7 billion purchase of Cablevision, making it a powerhouse provider of residential broadband and business services.

Birch expands channel partner program, taps Masters to lead unit

Birch Communications has promoted Paul Masters to be SVP of its Alternate Channels unit as part of a broader plan to expand its channel partner program.

Windstream, Broadsoft target hospitality market with Virtual PBX service

Windstream has established a partnership with BroadSoft to provide a new Virtual PBX and unified communications solution targeting hospitality industry opportunities.

Foster rejoins MegaPath to lead business services

MegaPath has named Dan Foster its president of business markets, marking the return of one of the company's leaders as it looks to gain more share in the unified communications market segment.

AT&T's Smith: Fiber is an integral part of combined wireline-wireless carrier approach

As AT&T is moving forward with its fiber to the premises (FTTP) rollout for business and residential customers, the service provider is following an integrated wireless and wireline carrier strategy.

Level 3 says enterprises continue to run hybrid TDM/IP-based voice networks

Level 3 Communications may be one of the leading advocates of IP-based voice services, but the reality for many of its larger enterprise customers is they are not ready to totally throw out their TDM-based services or infrastructure.

Wheeler says net neutrality can withstand Supreme Court challenge

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler isn't afraid of the large telcos like AT&T and CenturyLink challenging the commission's net neutrality rules, which were upheld by a Washington federal appeals court last week. He says they also won't fall to a Supreme Court challenge.

CS&L acquires Tower Cloud for $230M, enhances dark fiber transport portfolio

Communications Sales & Leasing has acquired Tower Cloud for $230 million in cash and stock, advancing its asset portfolio with a broader set of dark fiber assets and wireless operator relationships.

Special access revamp needs technology-neutral approach, interest group says

Public Knowledge, a nonprofit Washington, D.C.-based public interest group, says that if the FCC wants to successfully regulate the broadband data services (BDS) market it needs to have a technology neutral policy regime.

Verizon asked by panel to modify FiOS speed, picture quality claims

Verizon has been asked by the National Advertising Review Board to revise a number of its FiOS ads following a complaint by Comcast.

Verizon strike officially ends as wireline contracts approved by both CWA, IBEW unions

Verizon's wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers voted to approve four-year contracts, officially ending a 45-day strike by about 40,000 workers.

Google Fiber follows AT&T, Comcast in effort to remove users' right to sue company

Google Fiber may be successfully forcing the hands of incumbent telcos and cable operators to upgrade their infrastructure to deliver higher speed broadband, but its move to revoke its customers' right to sue the company in a court of law marks a disturbing trend, a Consumerist article notes.