AT&T, residents square off on VRAD placement; wireline operators encouraged to put more fiber in their networks

Wireline news from across the Web:

> AT&T and San Francisco communities continue to fight over the placement of VRAD cabinets to support the telcos U-verse Fiber to the Node-based VDSL2 service. Article

> Alhambra-Grantfork Telephone will deploy Zhone's MXK Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) and Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) solution to offer local residences and small businesses IP-based services. Release

> Colt Telecom reports a 5 percent decline in Q1 sales due to declining voice service profits, but it remains confident it can right the ship by growing its data and managed service revenues. Article

> NATO's C3 Agency and the TM Forum's Defense Industry Group will launch the third phase of the Secure, Federated Service Management Catalyst that will be launched at Management World 2011, May 23-26 in Dublin, Ireland. Release

> Etisalat has completed its build out of a Fiber to the X network that will serve Abu Dhabi residents and businesses. Article

And finally ... Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin believes that even though more consumers are using wireless services, service providers should continue to drive more fiber into their wireline networks to support wireless backhaul and other applications. Article