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Verizon's striking wireline employees will return to work Wednesday

Verizon's wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will return to work on Wednesday, June 1 after reaching a tentative agreement with the company on Friday.

Zayo Group's Morley promoted to chief operating officer as Erickson departs

Zayo Group has named Chris Morley as its permanent COO when co-chief operating officer and co-founder Matt Erickson leaves the company in late July.

Verizon, CWA, IBEW reach tentative deal to end strike of wireline workers

Verizon and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have come to a tentative agreement on a four-year labor contract, putting an end to a month long strike of the telco's nearly 40,000 wireline workers.

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Birch: More customers are migrating to Ethernet for VPN, cloud access

As Birch Communications enhances its network reach through its own builds and working with a series of interconnection partners, the service provider is setting a foundation to grow its Ethernet services business.

Verizon says SD-WAN, on-demand cloud services will give enterprises more control, agility

Verizon recently completed its implementation of Network Function Virtualization OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its U.S. data centers, a move that will serve two purposes: transforming its network architecture and laying the foundation for new enterprise services.

Facebook, Microsoft to build 160 Tbps, 4,100 km submarine cable

Facebook and Microsoft have hatched plans to build their own submarine cable network that will bypass congested network routes.

Showtime's Christie: Amazon and Hulu have changed from being competitors to partners

Showtime, like many other premium network providers, initially saw over the top players like Hulu and Amazon as a threat. But now the company sees those SVOD providers as a way to attract a new base of cord-nevers and cord-cutters. The company hopes that it will be able to also work with Netflix in the same capacity some day.

Nokia's Alcatel-Lucent acquisition advances re-entry into optical market, says research firm

Nokia is now the number two worldwide optical network equipment vendor.

AT&T CWA West wireline workers end week long grievance strike

AT&T workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union Local 9509 returned to the job after a week-long grievance strike with AT&T West.

Level 3 launches cloud-based Enterprise Security Gateway, aiming to reduce complexity, costs

Level 3 Communications has launched its Enterprise Security Gateway (ESG), a cloud-based network security system that addresses business customers' security needs as they transition to cloud services.

Windstream says consolidating network interconnection agreements will lower third-party access costs

Windstream, like other service providers sees how IP technology can lower its cost structure, but the telco is also seeing opportunities to cut costs by realigning its interconnection agreements with other carriers.

LTE faces challenges from proprietary technologies in IoT race

As LTE and other wireless-based IoT technologies work through the standards process, they are being challenged by a number of proprietary approaches that use low power wide area network (LPWAN) technologies.

Birch's Tomae: Charter, Comcast focus on mid-market, enterprise gives us more SMB opportunities

Birch Communications isn't afraid of large cable MSOs like Charter Communications and Comcast pursuing larger business accounts, because that focus will enable the provider to win more small to medium business (SMB) customers, Birch's new CEO says.

Viptela snags $75M in financing, dedicates funds SD-WAN R&D, customer demands

Viptela, a provider of SDN-WAN technology to large telcos like Verizon and Singtel, has raised $75 million in a Series C round of funding.

TDS and US Cellular founder LeRoy Carlson passes away at 100

LeRoy Carlson, founder and Chairman Emeritus of Telephone and Data Systems (TDS), passed away on Monday at 100 years old.

FCC sets up complementary $2B CAF II auction aimed at rural broadband expansion

In a nearly unanimous decision, the FCC approved a reverse auction that will provide an additional $2 billion in funds to rural broadband providers via the regulator's CAF II program in an effort to accelerate growth.

AT&T challenges the new Charter in Dallas with fiber plans

AT&T has extended its 1 Gbps GigaPower fiber broadband to more locations in Southern Dallas, challenging the entry of Charter Communications as it becomes a larger force in Texas following its acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

Windstream plans to cut broadband subscriber losses in half in 2016

Windstream has had a rough time with broadband, losing 35,000 subscribers in the past year, but the service provider says that by enhancing its last mile network it can reduce those losses and get back on a growth path.

AT&T says SDN transition will enhance the diversity of its vendor relationships

AT&T has set an ambitious timeline to transform over 75 percent of its network to software by the year 2020 using SDN. But as it makes that transition, the telco told attendees at this week's rebranded PCIA show that it will be able to increase the number of network suppliers it works with today.