Corning ups its fiber production; FairPoint uses horses to lay fiber cable throughout VT

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Corning is upping its fiber production in response to a shortage from competitor Sumitomo, whose production schedule was compromised by Japan's tsunami in March. Article

> Sprint believes that enterprises should sever the wireline-based T-1 connection they get from the local ILEC and adopt their fixed wireless WiMAX product instead. Article

> Jazztel, a major competitor Spain's dominant carrier Telefonica, forecast strong earnings growth through 2012 and beyond. Article

> SIP Forum released the results of its SIP Interoperability Testing (SIPit) event that was hosted by Digium earlier this spring at Jackson Center in Huntsville, Ala.'s Research Park. Release

> Hughes Networks Systems has been awarded a contract by the Texas Dept. of Information Resources (DIR) to provide primary business Internet and access continuity services under the Texas Agency Network Next Generation (Tex-AN NG) Communications Technology Services program. Release

And finally ... In the drive to bring a fiber future to Vermont's rural areas, FairPoint is relying on methods from the past: specifically, Fred and Claude, a team of draft horses that can pull fiber cable through rugged territory a truck can't reach. Article