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FairPoint changes its dark fiber tune as E-Rate, small cell backhaul opportunities emerge

Incumbent carrier FairPoint Communications is changing its tune on dark fiber services, advocating the technology as the changing E-Rate program for schools and opportunities around small cell technologies are too good to pass up.

Level 3's Patel: Small cells are one of many opportunities for our dark fiber business

Level 3 Communications did not follow the rest of the wholesale provider industry's wireless tower backhaul blitz, but the service provider does see small cells as one of several opportunities for its dark fiber business.

Lumos improved fiber installation to business, cell sites by 90 percent in 2015

Lumos has set some ambitious goals for its fiber roll out in its Virginia market, adding more on-net buildings to its fiber network and conducting 825-mile fiber network expansion – two milestones that were enabled by accelerating its fiber installation process.

Southern Telecom to build 75-mile dark fiber route for wireless operators, carrier hotels

Southern Telecom is on the network expansion trail again, announcing an agreement with Georgia Transmission Corp. to build a 75-mile dark fiber route between Winder and Hartwell, Ga.

Shentel's fiber sales jumped 22% in 2015 to $22M as enterprise, carrier demand rose

Shentel continues to find gold in selling wholesale fiber services to enterprise and carrier customers in its serving area, a trend that continued into the fourth quarter as total sales for the year rose 22 percent to $22 million.

Google to use existing fiber to roll out 1 Gbps services in San Francisco in challenge to AT&T, Comcast

Google announced it will use existing fiber to roll out its Internet service to "some apartments, condos and affordable housing properties" in San Francisco, the 22nd metro area where Google Fiber is landing. Google Fiber will run up against Comcast, AT&T, Webpass, Monkeybrains and other existing Internet service providers in San Francisco.

EarthLink says dark fiber growth driven by network installation, customer best practices

EarthLink is seeing basic fundamentals like best practices around network installation paying off. The competitive carrier reported that it saw an uptick in dark fiber and overall fourth quarter wholesale service sales.

Verizon's XO fiber deal may create opportunities for Level 3 and Zayo, says analyst

Verizon's newly announced $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communication's fiber network may be taking out another fiber competitor, but since the telco still uses fiber from other suppliers like Level 3 Communications and Zayo Group there are plenty of opportunities for other players to compete for their business, a Wells Fargo analyst says.

Verizon acquires XO's fiber business for $1.8B, feeding enterprise services, wireless backhaul efforts

Verizon is acquiring competitive provider XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion, giving it an expanded network to deepen its Ethernet penetration while satisfying its small cell and wireless backhaul needs.

EarthLink focuses dark fiber sales on enterprise customers, will de-emphasize TDM-based products

EarthLink is a dark fiber advocate, but the service provider sticking to its strategy of selling the service to enterprise customers versus carriers.