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CenturyLink seeks permission to shutter wholesale busy line services

CenturyLink has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its wholesale interstate Busy Line Verification (BLV) and Busy Line Interrupt (BLI) operator services in its legacy CenturyTel territory, saying there's no demand for the services.

Lumos Networks brings dark fiber to EdgeConneX's data center in Norfolk/Hampton, Va. region

Lumos Networks has brought its dark fiber connectivity into the EdgeConneX Edge Data Center in Norfolk, Va., marking the 35th data center in the region and the first data center Lumos has connected to in its Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Va., expansion market.

Data center expansion drives Ethernet switch market growth, says research firm

The data center market continued to be a source of growth for a number of the major Ethernet switch vendors in 2015 as Arista, Huawei and Juniper saw sales grow 41 percent, 125 percent and 15 percent respectively.

Frontier wraps $10.5B, 3-state acquisition of Verizon wireline properties, plans to expand workforce

Frontier has completed its $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Texas and Florida, a deal that nearly doubles the mainly rural telco's size.

FCC passes broadband-focused Lifeline reform following failed bipartisan agreement

The FCC voted along party lines to upgrade the Lifeline program to enable low-income residents to get broadband access, but the passing of the reform was fraught with controversy over an earlier proposal that failed to take flight.

AT&T, Level 3 international Ethernet expansion threatens BT, Orange's hold

AT&T and Level 3 have become greater competitive threats in the global Ethernet market to BT and Orange by continually expanding their service offerings and presence in Europe and other countries outside of North America.

FCC poised to expand standalone broadband with $20B overhaul of USF program

The FCC has approved a proposal to modernize the universal service fund (USF) program, with a particular focus on enabling rural rate-of-return carriers to provide standalone broadband service.

FairPoint's landline phone deregulation proposal gets the AARP's backing

FairPoint will soon no longer be required to provide traditional landline voice service in parts of Maine as a new state bill will eliminate a mandate on the company to provide price-controlled services.

SDN, NFV will bolster managed security services, says analyst firm

As service providers implement SDN and NFV into their networks, they can scale the delivery of managed security services -- one that grew 9 percent year-over-year to $17.4 billion in 2015, says IHS Research.

AT&T is testing G.fast to deliver 300 Mbps in MDU environments

AT&T has begun testing G.fast technology in its labs and now is looking at how it could be used to bring up to 300 Mbps to multi-dwelling units (MDUs) by leveraging a building's existing wire versus installing fiber to individual premises.

Zayo introduces usage-based Ethernet service, offers connectivity to data centers, cloud providers

Zayo Group has launched a new usage-based Ethernet product called FlexConnect, targeting the needs of business customers that need more options for cloud and data center connectivity.

AT&T counters cable threat with unlimited broadband, but for subscribers it comes at a cost

AT&T will soon begin offering unlimited broadband data without any caps, an effort it is taking to keep customers from fleeing to cable after being penalized for using too much bandwidth. But the real issue at hand is the fact that many broadband subscribers don't know what speeds they actually get, not just how much they use.

AT&T denies that Calif. broadband legislation will require taxpayers to pay $100M for 10 Mbps services

AT&T has come under fire from a telecom consultant who claims the telco is negotiating an agreement with the California Public Utility Commission that would apparently provide AT&T $100 million to bring broadband service to nearly all of the state's residents.

Level 3 offers cloud-based access to Microsoft 365, enhances cloud portfolio

Level 3 Communications is giving enterprise customers that use Microsoft Office 365 via Azure ExpressRoute another connectivity option by adding the application to its Cloud Connect Solutions portfolio.

Colt, AT&T, and Level 3 gain Ethernet share in 2015, says research firm

Colt, AT&T and Level 3 continued to make progress in the global Ethernet market as their network buildouts in countries outside of their home base helped them gain market share, says Vertical Systems Group in their 2015 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard.

CenturyLink bolsters managed security portfolio with netAura purchase

CenturyLink has acquired security services provider netAura, giving it a set of enhanced engineering, development and consulting security service capabilities.

Google Fiber to roll out $10 phone service to all of its FTTH markets

Google Fiber confirmed that it is going to offer wireline voice service in existing and new markets where it plans to offer 1 Gbps FTTH broadband service.

AT&T to offer unlimited U-verse data usage option, increases caps on other tiers

AT&T will soon introduce an unlimited data option for U-verse Internet customers, playing into the consumer desire to have an all-you-can-eat broadband experience free of restrictive usage caps.

Lightower sees cyclical demand for dark fiber from financial companies, schools

Lightower is happy to sell its carrier and businesses either dark or lit fiber services, but the service provider has found that in some customer verticals like financial the trend goes back and forth between both domains.

Calix joins ONOS project, seeks to expand non-Java apps for SDN-enabled access networks

Calix has joined the ON.Labs ONOS project as a collaborator in an effort to expand the reach of non-Java applications for SDN-enabled last mile access networks.