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FairPoint will consider M&A opportunities, CEO says

After coming off a union strike that posed several challenges for the telco, FairPoint Communications is considering its future as a telco and part of that story could include some kind of merger or acquisition with another telco or other company, CEO Paul Sunu told investors during the company's first-quarter earnings call.

Consolidated's Bob Udell to become CEO in January, replacing Bob Currey

Consolidated Communications has named Bob Udell as its next president and CEO, a role he will formally take on in January. A 20-year company veteran, Udell has more than 25 years of telecom industry experience and has been serving as Consolidated's COO since 2011.

FCC's Connect America Fund upheld by appeals court

The FCC won a victory to maintain its Connect America Fund (CAF), a $4.5 billion plan set on bringing broadband service to 7 million people, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver upheld the program.

Windstream closes half its brick-and-mortar stores

Independent rural telco Windstream appears to be making a major shift away from its brick-and-mortar retail strategy, as it announced the closing of about 30 Windstream retail stores across 11 states.

Sonic.net sheds wireless unit to focus on fiber

Sonic.net, a San Francisco Bay Area-based network operator that has been nudging its much larger rivals in its markets by its aggressive fiber-broadband expansion, has announced the sale of its

Windstream closes PAETEC purchase

Independent telco Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) said it has completed its acquisition of CLEC PAETEC Holding Corp., an announcement that was expected following the approval of the deal by the Federal

ABI Research: Telco TV revenue up in Q3 2010

Telcos may continue to trail cable in terms of video subscribers for years to come, but they are making progress, reports ABI Research in its quarterly "Pay-TV ARPU and Revenues Market Data" report.

HickoryTech hits the 10,000 IPTV subscriber mark

HickoryTech, a Minnesota-based independent telco, now supplies its Digital TV service to 10,000 customers. Similar to other independent telcos, HickoryTech has been integrating new services such as

Mammoth Networks cuts Baca Valley Telephone's out of region costs

Baca Valley Telephone Company, a Des Moines, N.M.-based independent ILEC, needed an alternative means to reach out of its own network footprint and it found it in Mammoth Networks' Layer 2 DSL

Sovernet gets grant to build Vermont-based middle mile network

Sovernet, the Vermont-based subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network (NASDAQ: ATNI), is getting $33.4 million broadband courtesy of the National Telecommunications and Information Administrations (NTIA)