TDS encouraged by E-Rate reforms, but says voice phase-down could delay VoIP transition

TDS said that the FCC's move to modernize the E-Rate program, which provides discounted telecom services to schools and libraries is producing positive results, but the voice support phase-down requirement remains a concern for its customers transitioning from TDM to IP-based voice. 

UPN lights 100th cell site with dark fiber, sees ongoing small cell backhaul growth

Unite Private Networks has extended dark fiber services to its 100th cell site in Iowa for a large wireless operator.

Verizon customer charged $1,500 for nonexistent POTS line

A Verizon (NYSE: VZ) customer is going to receive a $1,500 refund from the telco after it charged every month for over five years for a POTS line that she thought she cancelled.

Zayo sees growing interest in dark fiber for macrocell, small cell backhaul

Zayo continues to see that dark fiber services -- something that traditional telcos won't offer -- is a growing factor in its wireless backhaul business.

BT will deploy in 2016-17 if trial is successful

BT Openreach said that if its latest trial in Huntingdon is successful and if Ofcom regulation is favorable towards new investments it will deploy the technology over the next two years as a complement to its fiber-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services.

Windstream taps into Zayo's colocation network to expand New York metro presence

Windstream has taken another step forward in its ongoing 100G network expansion into the New York market by deploying its core network infrastructure in Zayo's area colocation facilities.

Comcast Business extends 10G-scalable fiber to Chico, Calif. business park

Comcast Business is deepening its fiber network presence in the California market, announcing that it has invested over $350,000 to bring its facilities to the Meyers Business Park in Chico.

More farmers are adopting Internet access, says USDA study

More farmers are finding that Internet access is a useful tool in conducting their day-to-day business operations. According to a new U.S. Department of Agriculture study, 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches have some form of Internet access, up three percentage points since 2013.

New York AG says PSC should investigate Verizon, state's telecom industry

Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, has written a letter to the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) asking the state regulator to investigate Verizon and look at how the deregulation of the New York telecom market is impacting businesses and consumers.

Session border controller, IMS core revenues jump 23 percent, says research firm

The session border controller market is seeing benefits from the increased adoption of SIP trunking and emerging wireless Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. According to a new Dell'Oro Group report, SBC and IMS core revenues together rose nearly 23 percent year-over-year.

BT Americas' Burger says AT&T, Verizon have too much control over special access pricing

BT Americas President Bas Burger says that AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. telcos, are price gouging competitors that purchase special access services.

VSG: Charter's pending TWC deal could shake up Ethernet services market

If Charter Communications is successful in acquiring fellow cable MSOs Time Warner Cable and Bright House, it could alter the dynamics of the Ethernet market once again.

Report: Windstream mulling sale of its data center business

Windstream is looking to put up for sale its data center business, Windstream Hosted Solutions, reports Bloomberg citing people close to the company.

Birch expands DSL broadband footprint by over 60 percent, enhances SMB reach

Birch Communications has extended its BirchNet Broadband footprint by over 60 percent, giving it coverage in 14 states across and adjacent to the Northern Tier, Rockies and Pacific Northwest.

IIA's Mehlman: special access, copper retirement proposals will delay the IP transition

The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), an industry advocacy group, says that the FCC's recent NPRM governing legacy copper and TDM-based networks to IP-based networks will cause more harm than benefit.

CenturyLink calls for a 5-step process to reform prison calling rates

CenturyLink has outlined to the FCC a five-step plan intended to reform the inmate calling services (ICS) rules. Joining GTL and PayTel, CenturyLink is one of the largest providers of calling services to prisons in the markets it serves.

Vonage says direct number rules will help accelerate VoIP interconnection

Vonage said it agrees with the FCC's recent move to adopt direct numbering rights to interconnected VoIP providers. By providing direct access to numbers, Vonage and other competitive VoIP providers will be able more effectively interconnect with other carriers and accelerate service delivery to consumer and business customers.

Verizon picks Mesosphere DCOS to enhance data center service scale, automation

Verizon will start using Mesosphere's Datacenter Operating System (DCOS), a move that it says will enhance data center operations with improvements in automation and scale when deploying applications, services and big data.

C Spire says Clinton and Madison, Miss. qualify for 1 Gbps FTTH service

C Spire said that the towns of Clinton and Madison, Miss., have met the subscriber threshold to get the company's 1 Gbps FTTH service.

Ciena, Huawei, and ZTE take 10 percent share of WDM market in Q2, says research firm

In the metro WDM market, three vendors -- Ciena, Huawei and ZTE -- have taken the dominant position by grabbing over 10 percent share of the market each, according to a new Dell'Oro Group report. On a combined basis, these three vendors hold a market share of 50 percent.