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Frontier drives consumers to higher broadband speeds with Nest thermostat bundle

Frontier is looking to drive more customers to higher broadband speeds by bundling the Nest Learning Thermostat with their service. Users that upgrade their speeds can get the Nest Learning Thermostat for $99, whether they're new or existing Frontier customers.

CenturyLink ends Comcast's monopoly in Minneapolis with launch of Prism IPTV, 1 Gbps service

CenturyLink is officially now offering its Prism IPTV service in the Minneapolis market, ending incumbent video provider Comcast's monopoly position there.

Meerkat, aioTV, and Muvi amongst the top 15 startups in online video

FierceOnlineVideo is taking a look at the 15 hottest emerging players in the online video market in its first annual Fierce 15 feature. According to Sam Bookman, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, the pool of innovators in this industry segment contributing to the IP video ecosystem continues to grow. Perhaps not surprisingly, that made the job of choosing 15 compelling startups a challenge.

CenturyLink asks FCC to allow TDM voice shutdown if alternatives are available

As CenturyLink moves forward with its transition from legacy TDM, the telco has asked the FCC in a new filing to grant requests to discontinue TDM voice services in areas where consumers have alternative services available.

Asia-Pacific demand keeps pay-TV on track to reach 50% of homes globally

Despite the emergence of next-generation video services, the pay-TV market is still going strong. ABI Research said in a recent report that worldwide, pay TV has penetrated almost half of all homes, and should reach 1 billion homes by 2017.

Zayo upgrades domestic, international Ethernet backbone to 100G

Zayo has upgraded its Ethernet backbone from 10G to 100G, a move that it says will support the growing bandwidth needs of its retail and wholesale service provider customers.

Fatbeam acquires EMAN Networks' Spokane Valley network, gains 24.5 miles of fiber

Fatbeam, a regional fiber provider, is acquiring EMAN Networks' metro fiber network in the Central Valley area of Spokane, Wash., a move that will give it an additional 24.5 miles of metro fiber. By acquiring these assets, Fatbeam now has 301 miles of fiber network connecting 23 markets in the Pacific Northwest.

Sprint, Verizon small cell push will provide backhaul bounty for Lumos

Verizon and Sprint's ongoing move to small cells could provide a potential wireless backhaul windfall to Lumos Networks, a telco that's been aggressively expanding its fiber network in Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Which wireline executives earned the highest compensation in 2014?

It's that time of the year again when FierceTelecom takes a look at the highest paid executives in the wireline segment of the telecom industry, in our annual 10 highest paid CEOs in wireline report.

Verizon proposes three-year agreement for 38,000 union workers

Verizon has proposed a new three-year contract with 38,000 union wireline employees represented by the Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers it says will offer wage increases during the period.

The 10 highest paid CEOs in wireline in 2014


The nation's top telcos have all reported their CEO salaries to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and FierceTelecom has collected all the data in one place. Here are the salary and compensation rates of the top 10 highest paid CEOs in the wireline industry.

Enterprise SBCs poised for growth as VoIP gateways are replaced, IHS says

The enterprise session border controller (eSBC) market may have taken a sequential 11 percent hit in the first quarter of 2015, but an IHS report says that new growth is on the horizon. As more enterprises move to replace their VoIP gateways, IHS forecast that the eSBC segment will grow at a 6 percent compound annual growth rate from 2014 to 2019.

Senators look to close broadband gap for schools with Digital Learning Equity Act

United States Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) have introduced the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015 as a way to improve broadband access and close what they call an education gap for all students.

Enventis, Consolidated Communications marriage complete as brands unify under one name

Consolidated will now begin doing business in the markets it entered through its acquisition of Enventis, an independent telco formerly known HickoryTech, under the Consolidated Communications brand.

Telus invests $813M to connect 90 percent of Edmonton to FTTH network

Telus is enhancing its fiber-to-the-home buildout plans, announcing that it will invest $814 million to connect over 90 percent of homes and businesses in Edmonton to its network over the next six years.

Verizon union negotiations begin amidst charges of failing on copper, FiOS commitments

Verizon has begun negotiations on a new contract for union workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) amidst claims the telco is not meeting its FiOS and copper network repair obligations.

Sprint to stop offering wireline long-distance voice services

Sprint has asked the FCC for permission to discontinue offering its wireline consumer long-distance service and associated features, a service line whose revenues continue to decline every quarter.

AT&T, CenturyLink claim Granite's request to combine Section 271, wholesale services will delay IP transition

AT&Tand CenturyLink said in separate filings with the FCC that Granite Telecommunications' request to combine unbundled local circuit switching and shared transport services is not only procedurally flawed, but could also inhibit their ongoing transitions to an all IP network.

GreenTouch Consortium aims for 98% energy reduction in wireline, core networks by 2020

GreenTouch says it has developed new methods that can reduce net energy consumption in wireline telecom networks by 98 percent by 2020 while accounting for ongoing growth of data traffic.

Windstream, Salestream Software serve up instant cloud pricing quotes for business, carrier customers

Windstream has taken another step forward with its channel partner program by offering immediate access to pricing quotes via a new Carrier API it created with its partner Salestream Software.