Windstream continues to expand its last-mile network fiber build, a move that will lessen its reliance on third-party providers and provide higher speed services for its business customer base.
Adtran says that despite a small dip in first quarter 2016 revenues it is seeing potential revenue opportunities from service provider customers, creating a new future revenue foundation.
Fatbeam, a regional dark fiber provider serving the Pacific Northwest, is seeing dark fiber adoption by schools in its serving area increase by 63 percent.
Windstream, firing its latest shot in the special access market battle, has urged the FCC to grant its petition to ensure that ILECs will continue to provide unbundled DS1 and DS3 loops, in order to keep the lower-bandwidth business services market competitive.
AT&T fired another salvo in the special access debate, accusing Level 3 and CLECs (competitive local exchange carriers) of wanting the FCC to re-regulate the special access market.
EarthLink is a dark fiber advocate, but the service provider sticking to its strategy of selling the service to enterprise customers versus carriers.
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.