AT&T's 1 Gbps service reaches 15 North Carolina communities in first 18 months of service

AT&T's 1 Gbps service now reaches 15 communities across 5 major metros in North Carolina, marking a major milestone in the telco's $1.65 billion investment in the state's wireline and wireless networks.

CenturyLink: Cable operators have 22 times more Ethernet-capable locations than BDS data lists

CenturyLink has filed a motion to strike what it says is an "irretrievably flawed" data framework in the FCC's recent business data services (BDS) proposal, saying that cable operators understated their capabilities to serve the Ethernet services market.

Zayo debuts DDoS mitigation service, protects up to 120G of attacks

Zayo Group is giving its enterprise customers another tool to stay ahead of network attacks with its new Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation solution.

Frontier brings aboard TWC veteran Collins to lead West region business sales, operations

Frontier Communications has named Craig Collins as the senior VP of commercial sales and operations for its West Region, the latest in a string of appointments to strengthen the management of its newly acquired properties from Verizon in California, Florida and Texas -- areas that were fraught with various setbacks.

New Charter overbuild mandate incites rage among regional cable providers, RLECs

Charter Communications' mandate to overbuild into 2 million rural markets is spurring fears amongst regional cable providers and rural ILECs that are fearful they won't be able to compete with the new company.

Slic makes 'silent' upgrade to double its customers' broadband speeds

Slic Network Solutions residential customers in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties in New York just had their internet speeds doubled through what the company is calling a "silent" and painless upgrade.

CenturyLink sounds off on special access debate, wants cable operators included as competition

Incumbent provider CenturyLink said it wants to work with the Federal Communications Commission on its proposed changes to special access pricing, but has a few opinions on specific matters set out by the FCC in early May. Those matters include wireless backhaul and the method by which competition in various markets is determined – including cable competitors.

Chattanooga's 'explosion' of tech growth driven by gigabit municipal fiber, mayor says

Municipal broadband was the driving force behind Chattanooga's economic revival over the past few years, according to Mayor Andy Berke. A drop in unemployment, a sustained rise in wages and a boost in the manufacturing and tech sectors have all taken place over the last three years, and the city is seeing a minor boom in tech startups.

Windstream reduces debt as cost streamlining measures continue

Windstream announced it's transferring about 14.7 million shares -- or about 50 percent of its total retained stock -- of Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L) common stock to its creditors in order to help pay down debt.

Ciena powers trial of 300 Gbps transmission via coherent optical modulation

Ciena's WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset was a key component of a successful trial to transmit 300 Gbps capacity using coherent optical modulation. The trial results were announced at this week's TNC16 Networking Conference.

Google Fiber takes another step toward Portland, Oregon service with fiber hut approval

Google Fiber is slowly making progress toward setting up service in Portland, Oregon, with the latest development being city approval for the company's first "fiber hut."

Kovacs: D.C. Circuit's net neutrality ruling poses danger to edge providers

Not surprisingly, initial reactions to the opinion of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholding the FCC's Open Internet Order have focused on its effect on fixed and mobile broadband internet access providers. Very little attention, however, has been paid to the threat this decision poses to edge providers.

AT&T and Loudoun County, Virginia, residents tangle over network building placement

AT&T has found itself defending against claims from Loudoun County, Virginia residents over claims that the telco's planned building extension is going to be a new data center.

Barefoot Networks raises $130M, builds P4-enabled platform to address carrier, enterprise SDN migrations

Barefoot Networks, an emerging SDN vendor, emerged out of stealth mode with over $130 million in funding to speed the vendor's market entry.

Lightower expands NYC fiber presence, shortens path around Manhattan from New Jersey

Lightower Fiber Networks is expanding its New York City fiber presence by adding fiber facilities that will serve hundreds of new carrier and business locations.

Google Fiber eyes Dallas as its next FTTH destination

Google Fiber is looking at Dallas as the next destination for its 1 Gbps FTTH service journey, laying a challenge to AT&T's established FTTH network.

Cisco maintains dominant revenue share in data center Ethernet switch market, says research group

As service providers expand their cloud service footprints, sales of the 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) switches for data centers jumped 40 percent year-over-year.

AT&T enhances 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband reach in 10 markets including Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles

AT&T isn't letting up on its 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband initiative, announcing that it will expand the service in over 10 markets across its wireline footprint.

Zayo spinoff Onvoy acquires ANPI, deepens rural market voice network capabilities

Onvoy, a voice-centric service provider, is acquiring ANPI in a deal that will enhance its ability to address rural ILECs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lightpath lights 8K business locations with fiber as regulators vote on Altice-Cablevision tie up

Lightpath, the business services arm of Cablevision, now reaches 8,000 business locations in its New York footprint, according to a FierceCable report.