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Dark fiber takes the spotlight again, but providers remain divided on offering it

Dark fiber has become the rage again in the wireline wholesale industry as a growing base of service providers, content providers, and even large enterprises are asking for their own fiber pairs to gain complete control over their bandwidth allocations.

AT&T, Verizon, and competitive providers remain divided on dark fiber, but interest is rising


Dark fiber may be remembered as a product of the .com age where competitive providers built out networks speculatively, but it's clearly back in telecom style. However, unlike the late 1990s build-it-and-they-will-come drive, dark fiber demand is today being driven by new service drivers -- small cell backhaul, data center connectivity and the FCC E-Rate program.

CenturyLink sees government dark fiber sales as part of broader managed offering

CenturyLink may not be interested in selling dark fiber indefeasible rights of use (IRUs) leases to other carriers, but it does sell the service to government customers as part of a managed service offering.

Google Fiber's presence continues to force broadband pricing hand of AT&T, CenturyLink and Comcast

Google Fiber may be in less than a handful of markets today, but it's clear that the service provider's presence is driving incumbent telcos and cable MSOs like AT&T and Comcast to rethink their pricing plans even for their lower speed tiers.

Frontier stands firm on belief that regulating ILEC Ethernet access pricing could distort competition

Frontier Communications is reiterating its stance that if the FCC places new regulations on how ILECs price their Ethernet offerings it could inhibit competition and stall new investments in last mile infrastructure.

Cable One sets focus on broadband, business services as video revenues continue to decline

Cable One, like other cable MSOs, is seeing its once-predictable video cash generator continue to decline, but the company's CEO Thomas Might said new growth will come from two sources: broadband and business services.

NGN makes 100G available across its core middle mile fiber network

NGN, a middle mile service provider serving the North Georgia market, has added 100G capacity across its core fiber network to support its growing residential,  business and service provider customers.

Verizon wraps NFV OpenStack cloud deployment in 5 U.S. data centers

Verizon has taken the next step forward in transitioning to NFV by completing an OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its data centers in the United States.

Massachusetts government stymies WiredWest municipal broadband initiative, report says

Call it a microcosm of the dilemma faced by rural American towns everywhere: the broadband situation in western Massachusetts, just a couple of hours' drive away from tech hub Boston, is "dismal," the co-author of a new report on last-mile internet access says.

Sprint, T-Mobile voice support for Verizon, Incompas truce in special access

In a new filing with the FCC, a group representing the nation's smaller and rural wireless carriers voiced support for Verizon's agreement with Incompas over special access.

Hundreds rally in Boston as strikers, Verizon show little progress toward new union contract

Hundreds of people rallied in Copley Square yesterday in Boston in support of the 40,000 Verizon employees who are on strike against the company. And it appears that there is no end in sight for the strike that started at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13.

Access from AT&T launches for low-income Americans across 21 states, offers 3 Mbps for $5/month

AT&T said today it will launch a new program called "Access from AT&T" that will provide inexpensive home wired internet service to Americans who live in the carrier's 21-state service area and who participate in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, which used to be called food stamps.

Google Fiber augments Alphabet's revenues, but also raises capital expenditures

Google Fiber helped increase revenue in Alphabet's "Other Bets" business by 108 percent in the first quarter, the company said, but it also pushed up the company's capital expenditures in that division to $280 million for the period.

Verizon to struggle in move to hybrid cloud strategy, analyst warns

Verizon's cloud team faces a difficult few months as the company transitions away from the public cloud market, predicted TBR analyst Molly Gallaher Boddy. However, the operator stands to make gains in the space if it is able to ramp up its consulting and network and security services around a hybrid cloud model.

Ericsson announces corporate restructuring, refreshed management team with a focus on cloud, IT

Ericsson announced a corporate restructuring that includes business units dedicated to the IT and cloud sectors, news that comes alongside a reshuffled management team and relatively sluggish first quarter results.

Driven by 5G technologies, global wireline capex may pass $144B by 2019

The winds of change continue blowing for the global wireline telecom industry: An International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report sees continued capital expenditures for fiber infrastructure, reaching $144.2 billion between 2014 and 2019, as next-generation technologies and particularly 5G make demands on the wireline network.

Amid network sabotage, Verizon warns that strike could 'pressure' Q2 results

Verizon warned that the ongoing strike of 40,000 of its wireline workers could eventually affect the company's financial performance, although the company stopped short of offering specific financial guidance along those lines.

Verizon adds 98,000 new FiOS internet customers, 60% of new subs opt for 100 Mbps and above

Verizon reported relatively solid results in its wireline business, showing revenue slightly below some analyst expectations but FiOS net customer additions of 98,000, above some predictions.

Verizon's wireless business targeted by striking employees

"Don't buy Verizon Wireless" is the latest strategy that Verizon's 40,000 unionized wireline workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), are employing in their ongoing battle with the telecom giant.

AT&T's SDN network design winner launches as Waltz Networks with $8.15M in funding

Waltz Networks announced that it raised $6.75 million in Series A funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and $1.4 million in National Science Foundation grants, bringing its total financial war chest to $8.15 million. The company is essentially a collection of Cornell University engineering students who recently won AT&T Labs' first-ever SDN Network Design Challenge.