TDS Telecom's CLEC arm, TDS Metrocom, says that delivering Ethernet services to customers, particularly to smaller businesses that want 20 Mbps and above where it does not have its own facilities, is challenged by high-priced wholesale ILEC access services.
Birch Communications is seeing the fruit of its aggressive fiber buildout take shape: the CLEC reported that preliminary metro fiber sales for the quarter that ended at the close of December 2015 show a 179 percent jump.
RCN Business has responded to the growing demand for higher speed Ethernet services by upgrading its network to support 100G links. By making this network upgrade, the service provider can now offer customers in its serving areas a choice of Ethernet speeds that can scale from 3 Mbps to 100 Gbps.
Verizon said that the 64 Kbps requirement has "outlived any usefulness" as more of its customers have dropped their landline phone service in favor of either VoIP or wireless as their main calling device.
TDS may be a sizeable wireline telco, but in areas where it operates as a competitive provider serving businesses it faces a number of challenges in getting access to wholesale services from other larger ILECs like AT&T and Verizon.
Verizon has told the FCC in a new filing that the commission should not revoke regulatory forbearance on Ethernet-based services because businesses and wholesale CLEC customers have a larger pool of sources to get these services.
Frontier has cleared another hurdle in its path to complete its acquisition of Verizon's wireline assets in California, Florida and Texas as the Texas Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved the transfer of Verizon's Southwest division's CLEC certificate to Frontier.
XO Communications may have set an ambitious strategy to extend fiber into more buildings in its growing territory, but the CLEC is taking a success-based approach on the building locations to extend its fiber.
XO Communications has completed the expansion of its on-net fiber building reach project in the Salt Lake City area with the addition of nearly 100 new buildings, making it a more competitive threat to area incumbent telco CenturyLink.
Integra is beefing up its West Coast fiber network presence by acquiring opticAccess, a three-year old competitive provider that's focused on providing services for large enterprises and domestic and international wholesale carrier customers.