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VSG: tw telecom, XO, Level 3 take dominant competitive Ethernet position

tw telecom continues to enjoy a top spot in the competitive Ethernet market due to its aggressive buildout of its fiber network and new software-based capabilities, according to Vertical Systems Group's new Competitive Provider Business Ethernet Leaderboard.

Georgia's Habersham electric cooperative gets into the 1 Gbps FTTH game

Habersham EMC (HEMC), a member-owned electric cooperative serving northeast Georgia, is the latest service provider to introduce a 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) service targeting five of the state's communities.

Will rising content costs, network management drive Netflix to increase its prices?

While no one wants to pay more for online video services, Amazon's recent move to raise its Prime membership to $99 could be just the start. Will Netflix and other subscription video on demand (SVOD) services move to raise their prices as well? Sam Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, examines why subscription prices are likely to rise over the next year. Read more

AT&T invests $1.35B in Alabama local network, extends U-verse to 36,000 new users

AT&T is giving its consumer and business users in Alabama access to more of its next-gen service set, investing more than $1.35 billion in its local networks between 2011 and 2013.

eircom vectored DSL to reach 700,000 premises by end of March; telco sees potential in G.fast

Ireland incumbent telco eircom said that its deployment of VDSL2 vectoring technology on its fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) network will deliver speeds of up to 100 Mbps to 700,000 locations by the end of the month.

Verizon extends FiOS to 3.7M more homes and businesses in Connecticut, New York

Verizon may have curtailed any new FiOS expansions, but in Connecticut and New York it continued to put the fiber to the premises (FTTP)-based service into the hands of more users, making it available to a total of 3.7 million homes and businesses in both states as of the end of 2013.

TDS nears completion of stimulus project in parts of Indiana

TDS Telecom is nearing completion of a new broadband stimulus project, making service available to some residents and businesses located in Wingate and New Richmond, Indiana.

Vertical Systems Group: TWC, Cox, Comcast grow Ethernet service presence

Cable operators continue to gain ground in the ever evolving Ethernet services market as they aggressively build out their own fiber networks and service sets, according to Vertical Systems Group's latest Ethernet Leaderboard.

FirstLight targets wholesale opportunities with new Ethernet Access service

FirstLight Fiber has begun offering its wholesale Ethernet Access service throughout its entire footprint serving upstate New York and northern New England.

Tollgrade expands capabilities of in-home broadband testing tool

Tollgrade has added a software interface to its handheld VBT in-home broadband testing tool that will allow service providers to aggregate and store test results in a central location to ensure compliance with field repair processes.

Allstream promises Canadian businesses 'dramatically lower telecom costs'

Canadian IP telco Allstream has introduced a "SIP Gateway" service that it says will help Canadian businesses "save as much as 40 percent compared to traditional voice services."

CenturyLink wins $8.5M deal with Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., has enlisted CenturyLink to help with its voice, data and network telecommunications infrastructure service.

Google Fiber explores high-speed Internet for low-income areas of Nashville

Google Fiber is apparently taking a different twist on the old practice of cherry-picking. Rather than seeking out the deep-pocketed neighborhoods that would line up for its 1 Gbps broadband service, company officials were reportedly heading to Nashville this week to determine how they can bring high-speed access to "neighborhoods historically lacking access to that kind of service," a story in The Tennessean reported.

U.N. praises U.S. plans to transition oversight of Web domains

By agreeing to transition its oversight of domain names and other Internet architecture aspects to the international community, the U.S. is taking a step in the right direction of global, open Internet governance, a spokesman for the secretary general of the United Nations has said.

Level 3 exec: ISPs are playing a game of Internet 'chicken'

Last-mile ISPs are playing a game of "chicken" with the Internet, daring content providers to use their networks without paying a toll or suffer the consequences of poor service and connectivity to end users, according to a blog posted by Michael Mooney, general counsel-regulatory policy at Level 3 Communications.

Consumers concerned over Verizon, AT&T VoIP-only transition

Plans by AT&T and Verizon to shut down copper-based networks in favor of VoIP-only service are drawing concerns from consumers who worry that IP-only will interfere with services like burglar alarms, emergencies and fire alarm systems that depend on copper-based services. Some are even worried about losing copper-based Internet connections.

Windstream's Gardner on driving enterprise sales growth, post-Paetec acquisitions and the IP transition

LAS VEGAS--In recent years, Windstream has transformed itself into a major player in the business services space. Windstream CEO Jeff Gardner talked with FierceTelecom Senior Editor Sean Buckley during the COMPTEL Plus Spring convention about Windstream's position in the business services market, the transition to IP and where it might consider further acquisitions.

AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier see utility with copper but want flexibility in technology transition

LAS VEGAS--Copper wire retirement may be a concern for competitive providers, but AT&T, CenturyLink and Frontier said during a session at the COMPTEL Plus trade show that they are still finding value in telecom's ubiquitous access medium.

Global Capacity extends network presence in the UK, updates Ethernet tariff capabilities

LAS VEGAS--Global Capacity is giving its retail business and wholesale carrier customers another connectivity option by extending its One Marketplace service throughout the United Kingdom.

Verizon retirees issue challenge to board, senior execs

The Association of BellTel Retirees wants Verizon shareholders to support two proxy initiatives it maintains will make senior executives and the board of directors "more accountable to shareholders," the organization said in a press release.