Optimum Lightpath expands its fiber, lit building footprint; Obama maintains broadband expansion plans

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Optimum Lightpath is on a roll this week. Not only did the competitive carrier win New York State Public Service Commission's Commendation for Excellent Service award, but it also increased its fiber network from 4,000 route miles to 4,400 route miles and expanded its fiber-lit buildings from 4,000 to 4,500. Article

> Cogent Communications will host its Q1 2011 earnings call on May 5. Release

> The Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (MI-NATOA) and the Michigan Chapter of the Alliance for Community Media (MI-ACM) believe that local regulation must be restored if Michigan's cable customers are to be rescued from rapidly rising rates and poor customer service. Release

> ATLANTIC-ACM has expressed their support for Level 3's pending acquisition of Global Crossing, saying that the merged company will create "a competitive powerhouse domestically as well as internationally in the wholesale and enterprise markets." Release

> Vonage will report its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011 on Wednesday, May 4. Release

> TeliaSonera employees plan to begin a four-day strike on Monday over proposed job cuts, according to the Ammattiliitto Pro union. Article

And finally ... President Obama maintains broadband expansion efforts will continue despite plans to slash $4 trillion from the U.S. deficit. Article