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Brazil's Sercomtel sees rise in copper theft

Brazil regional service provider Sercomtel continues to see copper cable theft incidents rising in its service areas, reporting that thieves stole 1,724 meters of telephone cables in January alone.

West Va. forced to give $2.5M in leftover broadband stimulus funds to the NTIA

West Virginia's efforts to spend nearly $2.5 million in unused broadband stimulus funds have come to an impasse as the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) rejected the state's proposal.

Frontier CEO sees AT&T acquisition as 'easy compared to others'

Acquiring AT&T's Connecticut landline operations and integrating them into Frontier's business won't necessarily be a piece of cake, but it will be easier than what confronted the carrier when it acquired assets from Verizon, Frontier CEO Maggie Wilderotter said.

AT&T, Frontier, other telcos' rural broadband boosted by $255M in CAF-I grants

The FCC has allocated a total of $255 million in grants from its Connect America Fund Phase I (CAF-I), enabling five telcos to deliver broadband access to over 400,000 rural homes and businesses in 41 states.

Frontier hit hard as copper thieves get bold, desperate in Washington

The approach of a tougher copper theft law in Washington state has apparently encouraged thieves to dig deeper--literally--to steal the semi-precious metal. The law, which takes effect next week, will supposedly make it easier to track thieves trying to sell the copper. So, for now, there's some urgency to get and sell the material.

Frontier, FairPoint, others find new wholesale life with wireless backhaul

As wireless operators expand their 4G LTE rollouts into secondary and tertiary markets, where they tend to have little, if any, wireline facilities, they have turned to a host of independent telcos for wireless backhaul services. How are carriers like Frontier, Shentel, and Hawaiian Telcom taking advantage of the backhaul opportunity?

Meet the 2013 rising stars of wireline

In our new feature, The rising stars of wireline in 2013, FierceTelecom profiles five wireline executives who are the risk takers or change leaders at their respective wireline companies.

Comparing broadband pricing: where do AT&T, Verizon, Cincinnati Bell and others stand?

How different are broadband subscription prices among U.S. wireline providers? With the continuing competitive challenges brought by cable operators, a key metric of choice among telcos like AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon and other independent incumbents is in how they price their services. (Image source: iStockPhoto)

AT&T's decision on rural lines won't affect its credit profile, says Fitch

Fitch Ratings on Monday issued a report that said when AT&T makes its final decision on what to do with its rural wireline assets in November, it should not have an effect on the telco's credit profile.

West Virginia copper theft law seems to be working—for some

A West Virginia law that makes it illegal for scrap yards and recycling centers to buy some types of scrap metal unless the seller can prove lawful possession appears to be working to the benefit of Frontier and other companies with large installed bases of copper products.