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FairPoint union workers approve new labor agreement

FairPoint Communications has made yet another step forward with its labor unions, announcing that after three days of voting, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have ratified tentative agreements with the telco.

Facebook, others look to usurp YouTube's online video position

YouTube celebrated its tenth year anniversary last Saturday on Valentine's Day, but it's clear that it is facing a steady new stream of competitors such as Facebook, Twitter and an emerging group of enterprise-class online video service providers.

ETECSA, IDT reach pact to carry long-distance voice service between U.S. and Cuba

Cuba's state-owned telecom provider ETECSA has struck an agreement with U.S.-based IDT to provide direct international long-distance voice calls between the two countries.

GTT acquires MegaPath's managed services business, enhances multinational customer base

GTT Communications is enhancing its multinational customer base by reaching a deal to acquire MegaPath's Managed Services business, one that currently serves more than 500 large multinational business customers.

Cincinnati Bell's Torbeck sees growing potential in small cell backhaul

Cincinnati Bell may have left the wireless services industry by selling its spectrum and related holdings to Verizon last April, but the service provider is aggressively pursuing new small cell wireless backhaul opportunities in its serving territory.

Frontier's McCarthy: We won't expand U-verse

Frontier Communications enhanced its video service capabilities when it purchased AT&T's Connecticut operations, a deal that gave it the telco's U-verse platform, but for now the telco has no immediate plans to expand it into new markets anytime soon.  

FairPoint strikes tentative labor deal with IBEW, CWA unions

FairPoint Communications has reached a tentative agreement with its union workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) unions, ending a four-month strike.

Huawei, Ciena and ZTE drive WDM market past $9B, says Dell'Oro

Driven by a doubling of 100G wavelength shipments in 2014, the total WDM market grew 7 percent in 2014, reaching nearly $9.5 billion, according to a new Dell'Oro Group report.

FairPoint customer service complaints rise as labor strike rages on

As FairPoint's labor unions continue to strike over getting fair wages and benefits for the fifth month in a row, New Hampshire customers are continuing to suffer a series of service delays, reports WMUR.com.

EarthLink Q4 2014 business revenues dip 4.2% to $226M

EarthLink continued to see challenges in the fourth quarter of 2014, reporting that business revenues declined 4.2 percent to $225.7 million from $235.7 million.

Comcast Business ramps up fiber, Ethernet availability in Florida's Palm Beach County

Comcast Business is so confident about its service options in Florida's Palm Beach County that it is enhancing the network there with new fiber-based Ethernet and Internet services for area businesses and school districts.

VSG: Level 3's tw telecom acquisition helps it surpass Verizon in Ethernet race

Level 3 Communications' acquisition of tw telecom continues to have a rippling effect as it has enabled the service provider to surpass Verizon for the No. 2 spot in Vertical Systems Group's 2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard.

Cincinnati Bell's Torbeck: We'll expand Fioptics coverage

Cincinnati Bell continues to find fortune in its growing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) business Fioptics, one that CEO Ted Torbeck said will be a key point of expansion throughout this year with plans to ultimately expand coverage to 70-80 percent of its serving footprint.

Level 3 to provide CDN services to BMW's 4,000 locations

Level 3 continues to gain momentum in the growing content delivery network (CDN) space and winning a contract with BMW to provide services between the German car manufacturer's headquarters and over 4,000 dealers reflects that trend.

Equinix lights Infinera's DTN-X to connect Frankfurt, Toronto and Singapore data centers

Equinix has tapped Infinera and its DTN-X to provide optical networking connectivity between three locations, including Frankfurt, Toronto and Singapore, a move that it says will enable it to offer 10, 40 and 100G data center interconnect services.

AT&T's adds $29 privacy requirement to $70/month 1-Gig option

AT&T may be offering customers the option to purchase its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in cities like Kansas City, Mo., on a standalone basis for $70, but that low price comes with a catch: The telco will track users' Web surfing activity.

Verizon's Mead to handle Frontier purchase before retiring

Verizon is realigning its top management team by reassigning its Verizon Wireless chief Dan Mead to a new role as executive vice president and president of Strategic Initiatives with a focus on overseeing the sale of its wireline properties in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications.

Frontier enhances broadband coverage in eastern Washington, northern Idaho

Frontier Communications has completed the first phase of its network upgrade in eastern Washington and northern Idaho as part of a broader effort to increase broadband speeds in both regions.

IPTV market to grow 14%, says ABI Research

If you're trying to find the next source of pay-TV market growth, look no further than IPTV, one that ABI Research says will grow 14 percent.

Cisco, SK Telecom jump aboard ON.Lab's SDN initiative

Cisco and SK Telecom are the latest companies to take part in the Open Networking Lab's initiative to develop an open operating system for service providers employing software-defined networking (SDN).