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GigaMonster carves out 1 Gbps broadband niche in MDU market

GigaMonster may look like the new 1 Gbps kid in town with a recent splash to bring service to Denver residences this spring, but the service provider is set on differentiating itself by providing a direct onramp to enable customers to consume as much over the top content as they want.

AT&T joins forces with Ciena, Fujitsu and Nokia to drive ROADM optical network concept

AT&T is turning its software-centric attention to its optical networks, announcing during this week's Optical Fiber Conference (OFC) that has joined up with Ciena, Fujitsu, and Nokia to create a Multi-Source Agreement (MSA) for open reconfigurable add drop multiplexers (ROADM) group.

AT&T, T-Mobile retain top advertising crown, but U.S. Cellular is becoming a bigger threat

AT&T and T-Mobile continued to be aggressive with advertising, accounting for more than 93.6 percent of the industry's digital response.

Verizon touts advantages of FTTH over cable in new ad on eve of consolidating wireline footprint

Verizon has begun running a new TV ad campaign highlighting the difference between its FTTH network and cable, a move that comes as the service provider pares down its wireline network footprint to the Northeast.

Have a happy and safe Good Friday and Easter holiday

On behalf of the FierceTelecom team, I would like to wish you a safe and happy Good Friday and Easter Holiday. In observance of the holiday, FierceTelecom will not be publishing on Friday.

Frontier unveils Vantage brand, plays up broadband, TV and VoIP product lines

Frontier has unveiled a new brand called Vantage that encompasses its suite of HD TV, broadband and VoIP services on the eve of ramping up its FTTH and IPTV footprints.

RCN Business plans to pursue new near-net fiber business opportunities in 2016

RCN Business, like other business-centric providers, has traditionally taken the approach of directing its fiber investments where its customers want it to go, but the service provider plans to target other attractive sites where it could win new customers.

AT&T says cable's EoHFC is a real competitive threat in special access game

AT&T has joined the chorus of traditional ILECs that say cable operators' Ethernet over HFC service is a viable competitive alternative threat in the wholesale special access market.

Verizon: XO's on-net fiber footprint only overlaps its facilities in 690 locations

Verizon is bolstering its on-net building holdings by purchasing XO's fiber assets, but the telco maintains that its on-net fiber footprint only overlaps with a small portion of the CLEC's existing connected building footprint.

Transbeam, Verizon look for common ground in fiber-based replacements for TDM, copper-based services

Transbeam, a competitive carrier serving large metro markets like New York City, may be concerned about Verizon's ongoing copper retirement efforts, but it's confident that it can work out an agreement with the ILEC.

AWS, IBM, Microsoft have broadest data center footprints, says research firm

From a regional perspective, Synergy Research's fourth quarter 2015 data shows that the U.S. now accounts for 46 percent of major cloud and internet data center sites. The next most prominent locations are China and Japan, with 7 percent and 6 percent respectively.

Oak Hill Capital snaps up FirstLight Fiber, says it will accelerate company's growth prospects

FirstLight Fiber, a competitive provider that has found a growing niche in New York and Northern New England competing with FairPoint and Comcast Business, has agreed to be acquired by Oak Hill Capital.

Lawmakers plead with Verizon to resolve labor issue with wireline workforce

A group of 20 U.S. senators have asked Verizon's CEO Lowell McAdam to resolve its dispute with wireline union workers.

Level 3 says special access customers should have more choice in commitment

Level 3 continues to fight for special access reforms, telling the FCC that service providers that buy services under the ILEC's so-called lock-up plans should be able to set the size of the volume commitments.

CenturyLink: 10/1 Mbps broadband requirement is too rigid for Lifeline customers

CenturyLink supports the FCC's efforts to realign the Lifeline program to focus on broadband, but the service provider wants to ensure that the reforms don't unintentionally leave some consumers behind.

Cincinnati Bell seeks FCC permission to shut down telegraph services

Cincinnati Bell has asked the FCC for permission to shut down its Telegraph Grade Service in its serving area, marking the end of a bygone communications era dating back to the 1800s.

Cisco revamps engineering unit, veteran Ahuja to leave company

Cisco is reorganizing its engineering division into four new teams to match areas the company sees as most critical, marking the latest move CEO Chuck Robbins has taken in his short tenure to rework the vendor's structure.

Telus pumps $260M into fiber rollout to Quebec residences, businesses

Telus is investing $260 million to bring fiber thousands of homes and businesses in a mix of rural and urban communities in Quebec as part of a broader $1.53 billion program to improve network infrastructure and services across the province.

AT&T, Verizon, other top providers to bid in 600 MHz incentive auction

The FCC's upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum has attracted over 104 applicants, creating what Chairman Tom Wheeler hopes will result in a "spectrum extravaganza."

Verizon supports net neutrality principles, but says policies should encourage network investment

Verizon touted its support for parts of the FCC's net neutrality rules, saying in a blog post that it is behind the regulator's policies on prohibiting service providers from throttling specific kinds of content and from charging content partners for faster delivery of their products and services to consumers.