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FCC dedicates $2B to equip schools, libraries with Wi-Fi

The FCC is allocating $2 billion over the next two years to equip more schools and libraries with Wi-Fi connections to enable students to take advantage of new educational tools like tablets and digital textbooks.

Aereo's Supreme Court case could have big impact on OTT segment

While a number of industry watchers are betting that Aereo won't win its pending Supreme Court case, the case overall could have a rippling effect on the online video market.

Longmont, Colo., employs Calix for its 1 Gbps FTTH network

Longmont, Colo.-based municipal electric and broadband utility Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) is moving ahead with its 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) plan leveraging Calix's GPON gear.

AT&T, BT's TDM-to-IP migrations to drive new copper, fiber-based Ethernet deployments, says Infonetics

AT&T, BT and other traditional telcos' move to migrate more of their customers off TDM-based T1 and E1 access to IP-based services like Ethernet is expected to create a bountiful market opportunity for EFM (Ethernet in the first mile) bonded copper and fiber Ethernet access devices (EADs) vendors.

TeliaSonera International Carrier employs Ciena for Pan-European network upgrade

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has tapped Ciena as the optical vendor of choice to upgrade the pan-European segment of its global fiber network, enabling it to expand its portfolio of 1-100G services to its wholesale service provider customers.

Hurricane Electric establishes PoP at Boston's One Summer Street facility

IPv6 Internet backbone provider Hurricane Electric has made Boston the latest destination on its growing global network journey with a new point of presence (PoP) at the One Summer Street data center.

Middle mile, cloud will take center stage at FTTH Council 2014

FTTH Council Americas will hold its annual FTTH Conference next week in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and FierceTelecom will be on site covering the show and moderating panels on key topics, including the middle mile and cloud services.

Report: Consumers aren't happy about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable tie-up

A new Consumer Reports survey reveals that most consumers--56 percent--don't think the mega merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable is a good idea.

Level 3 enables China Telecom to deliver cloud-based video

Level 3 is extending its video cloud services to the China market by signing an agreement with China Telecom Global Limited (CTG).

AT&T puts Cary, N.C., on its FTTP deployment map

AT&T has identified the town of Cary as the next destination in the state of North Carolina where it will bring its 1 Gbps-capable fiber to the home (FTTH) "U-verse with GigaPower" platform.

Frontier lashes out at Comcast's consumer public Wi-Fi hot spot initiative

Frontier has taken another competitive shot against its main cable competitor Comcast. This time it is criticizing the cable MSO's ongoing initiative to turn its customers' broadband modems into public Wi-Fi hot spots, calling the initiative "disrespectful."

Cbeyond goes nationwide with its cloud-based voice service

Cbeyond is now offering its TotalCloud Phone System (TCPS) cloud-based managed voice platform on a national basis to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). The new service is being supported and marketed to new and existing customers by a larger national sales and support force.

FairPoint brings data center service to Laconia, N.H.

FairPoint has opened a new data center in Laconia, N.H., where it will offer businesses and state and local government agencies a facility that includes rack space and connections for managing off-site disaster recovery, computing, storage and other IT equipment.

FCC: Fiber and cable broadband providers improve speeds, but DSL needs improvement

U.S.-based broadband providers are improving their overall network performance, according to the FCC's fourth annual "Measuring Broadband America" report. But the report also said DSL is starting to lag behind.

Tata Communications enhances videoconferencing flexibility with new jamvee UC platform

Tata Communications is taking the guesswork out of using videoconferencing with the latest version of its jamvee Unified Communications (UC) platform that allows enterprises and their partners to conduct sessions via any combination of audio, video or messaging and share content in groups on any fixed or mobile device or through a browser.

GVTC taps Calix to deliver 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband speeds for 3 Texas cities

GVTC Communications may not be the size of AT&T or draw the same sizzle as Google Fiber, but the local telephone cooperative is providing 1 Gbps-capable services for its GigaRegion fiber to the home (FTTH) network customers in Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales, Texas.

Cable STBs have become power hogs

Cable set-top boxes (STB) may be the gateway of the consumer's viewing experience, but they are the home's second largest consumer of energy.

Report: tw telecom executives to get an estimated $88M when Level 3 deal wraps

When Level 3 completes its $5.7 billion acquisition of tw telecom later this year, five members of its top management team could get cash-and-stock payouts valued at $88 million, reports The Denver Post.

Telstra establishes U.S. cloud service presence

Telstra Global has added the United States to its growing list of regions--which already includes the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia--where it offers cloud services for its multinational business customers.

CenturyLink adds new pay-by-the-hour capabilities to its cloud platform

CenturyLink is offering its new and existing business customers a new way to consume managed services by introducing an on-demand option on its cloud platform.