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AT&T's Hughes on FTTB: We're making steady progress

AT&T has set an aggressive path to enhance the reach of its fiber network into more buildings to serve businesses through its fiber-to-the-building (FTTP) program. One of the key voices in developing new products for AT&T's FTTB effort is Tom Hughes, vice president of Small Business Product Management. Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, sat down with Hughes to talk about the progress AT&T has made with its FTTB initiative and the new Business Fiber product.

Comcast exec says new products, customer satisfaction are key to staying competitive

Tony Werner, EVP and CTO of Comcast Cable and the Cable-Tec Expo program committee chair, told audience members attending the Cable-Tec Expo 2014 in Denver that in order to stay competitive, the cable industry as a whole has to focus on three main goals: developing new products, improving the customer experience and leveraging the scale of their networks.

Telstra makes investment in transaction management company DocuSign

Telstra has made a strategic investment in eSignature and digital transaction management (DTM) provider DocuSign, a move it says will help it accelerate paper-based processes for its enterprise customers.

tw telecom enhances its San Diego network reach

tw telecom, which is being acquired by Level 3 Communications, is adding more firepower to its existing network in San Diego by extending service into the various business parks located in Carlsbad.

AT&T appeals to power broadband users with U-verse, HBO and Amazon Prime bundle

AT&T is serving up a new promotional offer that gives U-verse customers a bundle of broadband, HBO and a year of Amazon Prime for $40 for one year.

Time Warner Cable Business enhances Ethernet portfolio with nationwide coverage, customer portal

Time Warner Cable Business Class is looking to appeal to medium and large multi-site business customers by serving up a number of new features for its Ethernet services suite.

365 Data Centers brings local cloud storage to 17 U.S. markets

365 Data Centers, a company that emerged after purchasing 16 of Equinix's data centers in 2012, is making its move into the hybrid cloud market with the launch of its storage-as-a-service (STaaS) offering in 17 markets.

Orange Business taps into hybrid cloud opportunity with VPN offering

Orange Business Services is targeting the growing multi-site enterprise hybrid cloud opportunity by adding a Business VPN Internet offering to its growing business VPN service product suite.

Frontier targets new home cybersecurity opportunities via real estate partnership

Frontier Communications has established a new channel with William Raveis Real Estate to route its Frontier Secure digital protection and tech support products targeting consumers relocating to a new location.

Baltimore mulls its own municipal broadband plan

Baltimore has joined the growing chorus of municipalities that are fed up with local cable operator Comcast  by looking into how they could build their own fiber-based broadband network.

Ericsson takes big bite in Apcera, strengthens PaaS cloud capabilities

Ericsson has taken out its checkbook again to acquire a majority stake in Apcera, a provider of platform as a service (PaaS) offering Continuum, a move it says will strengthen its position in the cloud market by extending its network approach into both service provider and enterprise cloud environments.

Granite Telecom hits $1B annualized revenue mark

Granite Telecommunications, a supplier of voice, data and other services to large multi-site businesses, has surpassed the $1 billion annual revenue mark a number of months ahead of its own forecast.

Verizon extends symmetrical FiOS speeds to small businesses

Verizon is giving its small to medium business (SMB) customers access to the symmetrical FiOS speed tiers it launched in July via its SpeedMatch program.

AT&T, DirecTV deal faces protest from Netflix, former wireless partners

Over 90 of AT&T's wireless industry partners have come together to jointly make their voice heard at the FCC in protesting the service provider's pending acquisition of DirecTV. 

Paul Bunyan Communications sets ambitious 1 Gig service plans for rural northern Minnesota

Minnesota-based rural telco Paul Bunyan Communications is putting 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services into the hands of customers that traditionally had only access to slow Internet service options with the launch of its GigaZone network.

Wilcon deepens California fiber footprint with Los Angeles, El Segundo ring

Wilcon, a West Coast-based provider of data fiber and center services, has expanded its Southern California fiber network reach with a new ring connecting downtown Los Angeles and El Segundo.

DirecTV taps ViaWest for data center services

DirecTV  has chosen ViaWest as its data center provider to support its network infrastructure.

Cox will face off with CenturyLink with 1 Gbps service in Phoenix, other markets

CenturyLink has been making headlines with its plans to launch 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services in 16 cities, but in the Phoenix area it will face off with cable competitor Cox Communications, which will offer similar service in the fourth quarter this year.

AT&T to extend 1 Gig service to more fiber-enabled business customers

AT&T is capitalizing on the fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) program of its Project VIP initiative by launching its new Business Fiber service that will ultimately provide up to 1 Gbps speeds.

AT&T serves up SDN-enabled bandwidth on demand service for Austin businesses

AT&T is translating its cloud-based vision into a new service that will enable Austin-based businesses to order, add or change services in an on-demand basis.