Verizon's wireline woes, on-demand Ethernet, and cable's business play grabbed the headlines in 2015 - Year in Review

As we end another year here at FierceTelecom, it's time to reflect on the major news themes of the past year in the telecom industry's wireline segment. For this issue of FierceTelecom, we are serving up our seventh annual Year in Review issue. The year 2015 was a time again of transition and, arguably, disruption in the wireline segment on three fronts: regulatory, consolidation, and technology.

Comcast lights customer DOCSIS 3.1 modem in Philly

Comcast has taken the next step in its Gigabit broadband journey, announcing that it deployed what it claims to be the "gigabit-class" DOCSIS 3.1 modem on a customer-facing network in Philadelphia.

AT&T, CenturyLink, Level 3, and Verizon Business get invited to the DoD $4.3B services contract

AT&T, CenturyLink, Level 3, Verizon Business and a host of other service providers got their tickets to participate in the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to compete for contracts worth up to $4.3 billion.

Zayo gives business customers 10G on-ramp to Microsoft Azure, Office 365

Zayo is providing a dedicated connectivity to Office 365 through Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, enhancing its cloud capabilities for enterprise customers.

Momentum Telecom completes $28.7M acquisition of Alteva, enhances Northeast U.S. reach

As a combined company, Momentum Telecom will have more than 400 employees.

TierPoint names ex-Suddenlink execs Meduski, McMillin to CFO and COO roles

TierPoint has tapped ex-Suddenlink executives Mary Meduski as president and CFO and Tom McMillin as president and COO, starting a new chapter for the cloud and data center provider.

CenturyLink to battle Comcast for TV dollars in Vancouver, Wash.

CenturyLink is going to launch its Prism IPTV service in Vancouver, Wash., bringing the first video challenge to incumbent cable provider Comcast.

Verizon says FCC's submarine cable reporting plan will burden redundant system operators

Verizon said it is concerned that the FCC's proposed new rules that would require submarine cable operators to report outages to the regulator could place burdensome requirements on submarine cable providers.

Pew: High prices killing in-home broadband growth

A new Pew Research has confirmed one of the challenges that has always been an obstacle for broadband adoption -- high prices. With broadband prices being out of the reach of a greater amount of consumers, overall growth has hit a plateau.

Altice gets U.S. management team in place following Suddenlink purchase

Now that it has cleared the last regulatory hurdle to complete its acquisition of Suddenlink, Altice has set up its U.S. management team.

ShoreTel acquires Corvisa for $8.5M, enhances UC cloud capabilities

ShoreTel is acquiring Corvisa, a provider of cloud-based communications solutions for $8.5 million, enhancing its unified communications capabilities.

RCN, Cross River Fiber jointly expand fiber footprints in N.Y., N.J.

RCN Business and Cross River Fiber, two providers that have created fiber rich regional networks targeting business and wholesale customers, are partnering to expand their network presence in New York and New Jersey.

TDS challenges Metrocast with 1 Gbps, IPTV in Alton, N.H.

TDS Telecom is going to be lighting up its 1 Gbps FTTH and IPTV service to customers in Alton, N.H. and surrounding communities, continuing its broadband push into Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets.

CenturyLink wants to consolidate ILEC operations in states where it has multiple operating companies

CenturyLink has asked the FCC for permission to merge some or all of its ILEC operating companies to reduce the number of Study Areas in each state it serves.

Allstream and eLoyalty serve up cloud-based UC services between Canada, United States

Canada-based business provider Allstream, which is in the process of being acquired by Zayo, is already moving to penetrate new business service opportunities in the United States by introducing cross-border service for its Hosted Collaboration Solution.

FairPoint's quality of service settlement gets Vermont's approval

FairPoint's proposed agreement with the Vermont Department of Public Service has been approved by the state's Public Service Board, closing the service quality investigation that began last December in the midst of a strike by its union workers.

Lightower acquires HarborLite Networks, enhances Baltimore network reach

Lightower Fiber Networks has acquired HarborLite Networks, enabling the provider to strengthen its fiber network density in the Baltimore area.

Windstream wraps $575M data center sale to TierPoint

Windstream has completed the $575 million sale of its data center business to TierPoint, enabling the telco to focus on enhancing its last mile and long-haul fiber network to deliver a host of new services to its existing and new consumer and enterprise customers.

Cloud providers to drive network security appliance sales in 2016, says analyst firm

Cloud providers will play a major role in driving new sales of virtual network security appliance (NSA) in 2016, says Dell'Oro. Cloud providers will offer NSA devices to their business customers, with a particular focus on providing virtual NSA services.

AT&T, Google Fiber construction crews disrupt North Carolina residents

AT&T and Google Fiber may be hot on the FTTH buildout trail in Raleigh and Cary, N.C., but it appears that construction crews for these two providers are not respecting residents' property.