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Google Fiber gets green light to deliver 1 Gbps service in San Antonio

Google Fiber has received a license from the Texas Public Utility Commission to operate as an ISP in San Antonio's city limits where it would face off with AT&T, reports the San Antonio Current.

RCN Business makes 110 Mbps Internet tier available in all 6 of its markets

RCN Business may be an advocate of delivering fiber-based services to businesses, but its move to extend a 110 Mbps Internet tier across all six of its markets shows that the cable operator can effectively address small to medium business with existing hybrid fiber coax network.

TWC's Marcus and Comcast's Roberts top the 8 highest paid CEOs in pay-TV

Who are the highest paid CEOs in the pay-TV industry? Now that the nation's top publicly traded pay-TV companies have all reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, FierceCable has compiled its annual list.

Pai advocates USF rules enabling rural telcos to deliver broadband-only services

FCC commissioner Ajit Pai has proposed new revisions to the Universal Service Fund (USF)  to give rural telcos a chance to take advantage of funds to deliver a broadband-only service.

AT&T: OpenDaylight's third release will boost clustering features for its SDN migration

AT&T says that the third release of OpenDaylight's Lithium open SDN software will help its ongoing effort to build its own SDN controller using ODL components.

Fiber access increases home values by 3.1 percent, says FTTH Council

Fiber may still be far from a ubiquitously available in every American household, but according to a new FTTH Council study, access to a fiber connection could increase a home's value by up to 3.1 percent.

Verizon says XO's 1-year copper retirement proposal will create unnecessary costs, delay IP transition

Verizon says that while it does not want to leave its wholesale CLEC customers like XO in the lurch, it does not want to delay its transition to IP and fiber by increasing the amount of time required to issue notice that it is retiring copper assets.

C Spire launches 1 Gbps FTTH in Clinton, Miss.

C Spire is now offering its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home Internet, HDTV, and phone triple-play bundle to Clinton, Miss., the fourth city where the competitive provider is taking the service.

Windstream, CWA reach tentative agreement covering 250 workers in Kentucky

Windstream is the latest ILEC to carve out a tentative agreement with its union employees, this time with 250 members represented by the Communications Workers of America in Kentucky.

AT&T, CWA reach 3-year labor agreement covering 12,000 Midwest workers

AT&T overcame another hurdle in its ongoing wireline union negotiation process as the Communications Workers of America union have voted to ratify a three-year agreement covering 12,000 employees in the Midwest.

Cincinnati Bell sells off another piece of CyrusOne to pay down debt

Cincinnati Bell has sold off its third tranche of its ownership stake in CyrusOne as part of its ongoing effort to pay down company debt.

Cablevision's overlap with Verizon FiOS makes it an unattractive acquisition target, analyst says

Whether it's Charter Communications' proposed acquisitions of Bright House and Time Warner Cable or Comcast's failed attempt to buy Time Warner Cable, consolidation in the cable industry is rampant. One cable MSO that has yet to make a big move in either being acquired or buying another company is Cablevision.

AT&T, CenturyLink and other ISPs imagined concerns won't hinder broadband, Wheeler says

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the continuing declining costs for equipment will make it easier for service providers of all sizes to expand the availability of broadband to more homes and businesses.

AT&T expands GigaPower to suburban Dallas areas, may boost availability to 100 cities

Continuing the 1 Gbps network rollout it started in Austin, Texas, AT&T said it has expanded its U-verse with GigaPower service to several communities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. The expansion brings the number of cities with GigaPower to 12, with five more cities slated to receive the service.

CWA says Verizon's initial union contract proposals are a 'smokescreen'

A leader of the Communications Workers of America District 1 says that Verizon's initial proposal to offer pay increases in a three-year proposed contract are nothing more than a way to shield the fact that they want a number of concessions on key issues such as medical, pensions and job security.

Bell Canada invests $922M to build out 1 Gbps services in Toronto

Bell Canada is jumping into the 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home craze with plans to launch service in the Toronto market as part of a $922 million investment in its last mile network.

BT asks Ofcom to shut down legacy network to compete with OTT players like Apple, Facebook

BT has asked UK regulator Ofcom to permit it to shutter its traditional POTS (plain old telephone service) network so it can more effectively compete with a growing pool of nontraditional, over-the-top voice providers like Facebook and Apple.

Verizon blamed for blocking competitors' access to underground fiber conduit

Verizon is coming under fire again in New York City over claims that the service provider is preventing competitors' broadband data service from being delivered to their customers by blocking access to necessary fiber conduits.

AT&T enhances challenge against Comcast by lighting 1 Gbps service in Chicago

AT&Tis laying further challenge to Comcast's emerging presence in the gigabit fiber-to-the-premises race by officially launching its 1 Gbps U-verse with GigaPower service in Chicago.

North State Communications buys Stalwart, furthers cloud, security services push

North State Communications, a mainly rural service provider, is acquiring IT security integrator Stalwart to advance its movement into the cloud and managed services space.