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Zayo extends 100G services throughout European long-haul network

Zayo continues to capitalize on its growing presence in Europe by completing a network upgrade that will enable it to provide 100G wavelength services over its long-haul network.

German government cancels contract with Verizon over U.S. spying allegations

Verizon's contract with the German government has been cancelled following revelations last year of U.S. government spying, according to multiple media reports.

TDS puts finishing touches on Virginia broadband stimulus project

TDS Telecom has completed another broadband stimulus project, one that will serve about 400 residential customers around Paint Bank and Abbott, Va.

AT&T Mobility's Mansfield sees steady increase in small cell deployments

Gordon Mansfield, AT&T Mobility's AVP--Small Cell Solutions, who also serves as the chairman of the Small Cell Forum, is sharing his view on small cell adoption. While he does not see the hockey stick ramp some are predicting, he said there "is steady progress, steady increases in volumes of shipments."

Verizon FiOS user's service interrupted by ant infestation

Verizon FiOS user Paul McNamara reported that his TV, phone and broadband services were cut off due to ants eating through the outer casing of the fiber optic cable that brings service into his home.

Telstra, NBN Co. ink $121M fiber to the node agreement

Telstra and the NBN Co. have entered a $121 million agreement where they will connect 260,000 premises with fiber to the node (FTTN) technology, an approach favored by the Australian government's Coalition party. 

Frontier, CWA union strike labor deal in Connecticut

Frontier Communications said it has hammered out a new labor contract with the Communications Workers of America District 1 (CWA) union that represents employees in the Connecticut region where it will expand its presence via its pending acquisition of AT&T's wireline operations.

Verizon's Weston: Marketing will drive successful FTTH multi-dwelling unit deployments

Verizon may be aggressively bringing fiber to the home (FTTH) services into multi-dwelling units (MDUs)--particularly in areas like New York City--but the segment has a number of unique attributes.

Labor costs, capacity demands challenge middle mile growth

Although the growth in the middle mile has created opportunities for incumbent carriers, ILECs and upstarts, it also has some inherent challenges--such as labor costs and citing issues. Not surprisingly, much of the demand for middle mile capacity is coming from wireless providers that are trying to keep up with escalating mobile broadband growth.

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.