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Google Fiber could make Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte next 1 Gbps stop

Google Fiber is expected to announce that Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte, N.C., are going to be the next cities to get its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service, with network buildout beginning as early as April, according to a WRAL TechWire report.

Broadband providers, NCTA support Republicans' net-neutrality proposal

Incumbent service providers and industry trade groups back a proposal by a group of Republicans to thwart a potential move by the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II in the 1996 Telecom Act.

CuriosityStream's Hendricks sees potential in nonfiction/factual OTT services

John Hendricks, who is best known as the founder of the Discovery Channel and until last year the chairman of Discovery Communications, is ready to make his own mark in the burgeoning OTT video space with CuriosityStream--a pure-play OTT service--which provides subscription VOD content similar to that of Discovery, History and other linear channels in the nonfiction/factual television category.

Birch names Gibson to lead wholesale business

Birch Communications has tapped David Gibson to lead its product development teams and its emerging wholesale service business as its new vice president of business development.

Proposed bill will let cities build broadband networks

A trio of Democratic Senators has developed a new bill called the Community Broadband Act that is designed to overturn existing state laws that ban or restrict cities and towns from building their own broadband networks.

AT&T tapped by Smiths to manage network, security services

AT&T has been awarded a six-year, $100 million contract extension from UK-based global technology provider Smiths Group, illustrating the confidence the firm has in the telco's ability to serve its global networking requirements.

Infinera's Q4 earnings rise to $186M on strong DTN-X sales

Infinera reported fourth-quarter 2014 revenues of $186 million, up from $173.6 million in the third quarter of 2014 and $139.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, due to ongoing customer wins of its DTN-X platform.

Google mulls how wireless could complement its 1 Gbps fiber service

Google's telecom service ambitions are going to be a mix of both 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) data, video and now wireless service. According to multiple reports, Google is talking with Sprint and T-Mobile US to launch an MVNO service on their networks.

Netflix's Hastings agrees 25 Mbps should be the broadband definition

Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, has come out in support of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's assertion that 25 Mbps should be the baseline definition for broadband service.

AT&T serves up Unified Communications Federation for business customers

AT&T has introduced a new Unified Communications (UC) service called UC Federation that it says will allow suppliers, partners and customers to communicate across various networks.

Verizon offers $10K reward to apprehend Southern Cal. copper thieves

Verizon continues to be a victim of copper theft, suffering over 12 incidents in its Southern California market alone in recent months.

Windstream gets state regulatory greenlight for REIT

Windstream has received all of the state regulatory approvals it needs from state public service commissions (PSC) in its territory to move ahead with its planned real estate investment trust (REIT) spinoff.

Verizon's FiOS growth continued to cushion the blow of wireline revenue declines in Q4

Verizon reported that strong consumer services and FiOS revenues helped the telco ease the pain of an overall decline in wireline revenues during the fourth quarter.

New York state's $1B broadband program sets 100 Mbps goal

New York state has put forth the third element of Governor Andrew Cuomo's $1 billion broadband program by creating a $500 million New NY Broadband Program using capital funds from bank settlements in order to give an incentive to the private sector to expand high-speed broadband access in underserved and unserved areas.

Adtran's Q4 revenues dip to $144M on slow broadband, optical sales

Adtran reported that its revenues fell to $144 million in Q4 2014, from $159 million in Q4 2013, as it reported declines in its key service-provider and enterprise segments

Equinix acquires Nimbo, enhances hybrid cloud capabilities

Equinix has acquired Nimbo, giving the data-center provider a new set of professional-services capabilities to help enterprise customers develop and implement hybrid cloud architectures.

CableLabs McKinney sets focus on driving DOCSIS 3.1, Wi-Fi and 4K innovations

Phil McKinney, the former Hewlett-Packard CTO who took the reins of CableLabs 28 months ago, has set a simple focus on enhancing the cable industry's technical innovation. Among the top priorities on his to-do list are to accelerate product cycles for DOCSIS, Wi-Fi, set-tops, 4K and other industry initiatives.

GVTC expands FTTH service availability in Boerne, Texas

GVTC has reached an agreement with Boerne, Texas, to expand the reach of its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network to the remaining portion of the city that it doesn't yet cover and extend to an additional 1,590 homes.

Windstream hones its legal, customer experience skills with executive appointments

Windstream is shoring up its customer experience and legal teams, naming two of its executives to senior positions.

FCC's Pai says Netflix is not disproving fast-lane allegations

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai has asked Netflix to explain to him why it is not providing evidence to counter claims that it has been using encryption protocols to target the open caching servers of certain large Internet service providers.