Level 3 Communications has reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement with Google covering their global backbone networks.
As we end another year here at FierceTelecom, it's time to reflect on the major news themes of the past year in the telecom industry's wireline segment. For this issue of FierceTelecom, we are serving up our seventh annual Year in Review issue. The year 2015 was a time again of transition and, arguably, disruption in the wireline segment on three fronts: regulatory, consolidation, and technology.
Cogent Communications is suing Deutsche Telekom, claiming that DT violated the terms of its contract with the Internet transit provider. Filed in U.S. federal court in Virginia, Cogent claims that DT has allegedly congested the Internet connections Cogent's content provider customers use to deliver services to their customers in Germany.
A top AT&T executive is concerned that the FCC's new net neutrality rules, which are now being challenged in court, create an ongoing air of uncertainty for all members of the telecommunications industry ecosystem.
One of AT&T's top regulatory executives claims that the FCC's Title II net neutrality rules has caused it "to shelve a bunch of stuff" over fears that new services would violate the regulator's new rules.
The move to extend low-cost broadband services to Lifeline recipients continues to draw controversy, with a lawsuit over net neutrality rules delaying the FCC from making a decision on whether to require Universal Service Fund fees of Internet service providers. Proponents of a proposed low-cost broadband option, meanwhile, are continuing to try and convince the commission to move ahead on the issue.
Frontier may not have followed cable operators like Comcast or its fellow ILECs AT&T and CenturyLink in implementing usage-based billing on its broadband subscriber base, but it isn't ruling it out either.
AT&T and GTT Communications have signed a long-term interconnection for their IP networks, marking the latest agreement the telco has made with a competitive carrier in the wake of the new net neutrality rules.
A U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit has set the schedule to hear challenges from telcos and industry organizations over the FCC's net neutrality rules that went into effect earlier this month. Traditional ILECs, cable operators and industry organizations such as US Telecom will have to submit their opening briefs, which are not exceed 20,000 words, by July 30.
The Internet is likely the greatest invention created in FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly's lifetime, but despite its importance to both consumers and businesses, he maintains that access to it is neither a necessity nor a human right.