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Oklahoma regulators struggle to reform phone subsidy program

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) is having a tough time reforming a $37 million telephone fund for rural carriers that was started in 1996 with the intention of keeping basic telephone service affordable in rural areas.

FairPoint seeks 5-year extension of Vermont regulation oversight relief

FairPoint Communications wants a five-year extension on a Vermont incentive regulation plan that went into effect in 2012.

Verizon to pay $1.375M in FiOS pricing settlement in Maryland

Verizon will pay $1.375 million to settle a complaint by Maryland customers who say the company misrepresented FiOS costs. The telco also agreed to pay a $250,000 state penalty and $75,000 in costs.

Rural N.J. community makes plea for Verizon to improve copper landline service

While most telecommunications customers want faster high-speed Internet service and better wireless connections, residents of rural Hopewell Township, N.J., would be happy if their landlines worked. And they've appealed to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to make Verizon do something about it.

Zacks: Cincinnati Bell's landline business stands as 'prime growth driver'

Cincinnati Bell's wireline segment "stands as the (company's) prime growth driver," a Zacks Equity Research analyst report says, although continued access line losses and the loss of a recurring revenue stream from a wireless business pullback negates some of the positives.

Montana PSC probing CenturyLink repair service

The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) will continue to investigate CenturyLink landline service quality issues and outages after an informal investigation revealed violations of PSC rules.

Fashion house selects CenturyLink to improve network, add in-store Wi-Fi

Fashion house BCBG Max Azria Group has tabbed CenturyLink to connect more than 400 retail boutiques with a fully managed and monitored VoIP network and in-store Wi-Fi service for shoppers.

GCI, WellAware partner on remote oil and gas field monitoring

Alaskan telecommunications provider GCI is partnering with oil and gas monitoring and optimization provider WellAware on a deal to provide oil and gas field operators access to advanced analytics of their remote operations. The partnership will be managed by GCI Industrial Telecom.

FairPoint strikers take their case to Wall Street

Union activists took to the streets of New York City to make the case for striking northern New England FairPoint workers. The demonstrators made their case outside a New York conference attended by executives from Wall Street hedge fund Angelo, Gordon, the telco's biggest stakeholder.

ShoreTel board rejects Mitel's latest buyout offer

ShoreTel's board of directors has unanimously rejected Mitel's latest buyout bid because it "significantly undervalues ShoreTel and its strong prospects for continued growth and value creation," the carrier said in a press release.

Wave Broadband plots Gigabit broadband for Seattle neighborhoods

Wave Broadband is jumping ahead of the competition with plans to offer broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps to Seattle neighborhoods starting in December.

Cisco's Chambers slams Obama's net neutrality stance

Cisco CEO John Chambers used his quarterly results call with analysts to blast President Barack Obama's net neutrality stance, promising to be "very aggressive (in opposition to Title II regulation of the Internet) and try to educate people on all sides about why this is not right," according to a story in Computer Weekly.

Google Fiber dips into Kansas City's business market, but expansion is not a slam dunk

Google Fiber finally provided a further glimpse of hope that businesses will be able to get their 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service at least in the Kansas City area, but broader expansion is hardly a given.

Level 3's Waters on integrating tw telecom, SDN and deepening the metro network footprint

Now that Level 3 has completed its acquisition of tw telecom, the next phase of the deal comes as the service provider begins integrating the former's operations into its own fold. Jack Waters, CTO of Level 3, recently talked with Sean Buckley, senior editor of FierceTelecom, about the value the tw telecom assets bring to his company.

FilmOn CEO David sounds off on the FCC, Aereo and OTT trends

Alki David, founder and CEO of FilmOn, has been making his presence known at the FCC by attempting to rally support for a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) circulated by agency Chairman Tom Wheeler that could change the definition of a multi video program distributor (MVPD). Sam Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, caught up with David to talk about his visit to the FCC, FilmOn's business model and how he sees the over the top (OTT) video market evolving.

FCC delays net neutrality decision until next year following Obama's statement

President Barack Obama's statement on net neutrality and Title II reclassification that he issued on Monday is stirring up more heat as FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing a compromise on the proposed laws.

TelePacific employs Overture 6500 platform for Ethernet expansion

TelePacific is enhancing its Ethernet delivery power by selecting Overture Networks' 6500 multi-service Ethernet service delivery platform.

Verizon's Shammo: We could do 1 Gig today, but the demand isn't there

Verizon has yet to jump on the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the premises (FTTP) bandwagon by adding it as a speed option in its FiOS Internet service suite, but it can get there if it sees a demand for that speed.

AT&T halts fiber deployments until net neutrality is resolved

AT&T CEO and Chairman Randall Stephenson came out against President Barack Obama's plea to ask the FCC to reclassify broadband providers under Title II, a move that he says is driving it to pause the expansion of its ambitious fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) project into 100 U.S. cities.

FiberLight to connect 800 cell sites in West Texas, expand lit fiber services

FiberLight continues to make progress with its Texas expansion project, announcing that it is on track to connect nearly 800 wireless cell towers in the state and install 1,765 route miles of fiber networks this year.