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.
Verizon and CenturyLink may be anxious to shut down all of their copper facilities and transition to fiber, but each provider has told the FCC that de facto copper retirement is a "myth" and there's no need to include new requirements addressing the issue in its technology transition plans.
Offering greater flexibility to deliver new cloud and optical services to businesses and consumers, it should be no surprise that the large ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are keen on migrating off their legacy copper and TDM networks to IP and fiber. However, CLECs and their small to medium business customers are concerned whether ILECs will provide equivalently priced access to IP services.
Frontier has joined Level 3 Communications and industry group COMPTEL in asking the FCC to clarify the rules regarding pole attachment rates for cable and traditional telecom providers, as well as making the rates more uniform.
COMPTEL and a group of organizations that represent businesses and competitive ISPs have sent a letter to the FCC asking the regulator to include in their technology transitions an order that will protect and promote competition, universal service and public safety while ensuring business and residential customers can get services as telcos migrate their networks to all-IP.
Frontier told the FCC in a filing that it has devised a cutover strategy with Verizon for its purchase of the ILEC's wireline properties in California, Florida and Texas, one that it says will ensure there will be no service disruptions to its retail and wholesale customers.
Verizon says that while it does not want to leave its wholesale CLEC customers like XO in the lurch, it does not want to delay its transition to IP and fiber by increasing the amount of time required to issue notice that it is retiring copper assets.
AT&Tand CenturyLink said in separate filings with the FCC that Granite Telecommunications' request to combine unbundled local circuit switching and shared transport services is not only procedurally flawed, but could also inhibit their ongoing transitions to an all IP network.
TDS Telecom may be making waves with its own 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services for residential, but the telco is being no less aggressive with its own fiber-to-the-building (FTTB) initiatives for businesses in the territories it serves as an ILEC and as a CLEC.