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    1. MTS seeks U.S. investor for its Allstream business-services unit

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jun 18 2012)

      MTS seeks U.S. investor for its Allstream business-services unit

      One of the attractive elements of Allstream is its national fiber network, which currently reaches into 2,487 buildings to deliver a suite of IP-based Ethernet and voice services to area businesses.

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    2. New Hampshire to overhaul its century-old telecom rules

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jun 18 2012)

      New Hampshire to overhaul its century-old telecom rules

      Under the new regulatory regime, FairPoint would not have conduct the same amount of regulatory reporting, pay penalties for service issues, get approval for rates (there are still rate increase caps), nor need PUC oversight on anything besides PSTN services. New IP-based services such as Ethernet and VoIP are not subject to regulation.

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      Mentions:   FairPoint Communications

    3. Spirit Communications fans out EoC presence in the Carolinas

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jun 14 2012)

      Spirit Communications fans out EoC presence in the Carolinas

      Spirit Communications, a CLEC jointly owned by 11 South Carolina independent ILECs, is extending its Ethernet over Copper (EoC) in its North and South Carolina territories.

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      Mentions:   Cyan   Overture Networks   Spirit Communications

    4. Integra grows on-net fiber presence to over 2,000 buildings

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jun 14 2012)

      Integra grows on-net fiber presence to over 2,000 buildings

      This fiber expansion effort is well timed with its move to expand its suite of higher bandwidth Carrier Ethernet and cloud services to retail customers and for wholesale customers looking an alternative partner to serve their respective customers for their off-net service efforts.

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      Mentions:   Integra Telecom

    5. ILECs grew video, business and broadband power in Q1 2012

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jun 12 2012)

      ILECs grew video, business and broadband power in Q1 2012

      As seen in previous quarters, the top ILECs continue to see ongoing IP service growth pains. They continued to see gains in their next-gen business and consumer services, including broadband data, video and Ethernet, while voice services continued their expected decline.

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Hawaiian Telcom   Consolidated Communications

    6. FCC eyes special access regulation, draws criticism from broadband supporters

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jun 7 2012)

      FCC eyes special access regulation, draws criticism from broadband supporters

      The Federal Communications Commission is taking a look at "special access" rate regulation, which has some broadband Internet supporters a bit concerned that the FCC is ramping up to micromanage a space where it's been largely absent. For those who don't know, special access services are large pipe--mostly copper--connections used by businesses and mobile carriers to connect to the Internet, and about 80 percent of them are controlled by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T (NYSE: T). Most see special access as the "middle mile of the Internet,"  and those original networks are quickly being supplanted by faster ...

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    7. Tw Telecom Sets Stage For Network Service Automation

      Explore FierceTelecom (Jun 4 2012)

      Tw Telecom Sets Stage For Network Service Automation

      tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) believes that customers should have more control in getting the bandwidth they want, when they want it, in a more automated fashion.  Leveraging their Carrier Ethernet infrastructure and the data centers where they have connected their fiber to, the dynamic capacity feature will enable the customer to increase their capacity in real-time in an on-demand basis.

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      Mentions:   tw telecom

    8. Windstream extends enterprise services to the Las Vegas market

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 31 2012)

      Windstream extends enterprise services to the Las Vegas market

      Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) has brought its enterprise service suite to Las Vegas, a move that will clearly challenge both existing incumbent telco CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and cable operator Cox Business that have already been providing business services in Sin City for a number of years. Area businesses will now be able to access Windstream's broad service portfolio, one that includes VoIP, SIP trunking, MPLS, and traditional TDM and IP-based Ethernet services. I

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Cox Business

    9. Integra Telecom expands the reach of its Ethernet over Copper network

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 31 2012)

      Integra Telecom expands the reach of its Ethernet over Copper network

      Integra Telecom has made its Ethernet over Copper (EoC) service available in 120 Central Offices (CO), a move that enables it to instantly target over 400,000 businesses in its 11-state footprint. This latest expansion effort illustrates that Integra has kept to its ongoing expansion plan to offer customers Ethernet in areas where it currently does not have fiber built out yet.

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      Mentions:   Integra Telecom   Overture Networks   Level (3)

    10. Verizon sees use for 100G, control plane in the metro network

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 31 2012)

      Verizon sees use for 100G, control plane in the metro network Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has been clearly one of early adopters in the 100G optical industry segment. The service provider has already integrated the technology into a number of its European long-haul backbone routes with a similar movement taking place in the United States this year. Next year, Verizon plans to integrate 100G into its metro networks and incorporate optical control plane technology for aggregation and restoration in its U.S. markets. In this week's Hot Seat interview, Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global IP and transport planning and technology for Verizon, discusses the company's latest 100G and control ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Packet Optical Transport Systems

    11. FairPoint to sell off its Northern New England payphone operations focus on Carrier Ethernet

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 23 2012)

      FairPoint to sell off its Northern New England payphone operations focus on Carrier Ethernet

      Ajay Sabherwal, EVP and CFO for FairPoint said that with the ongoing decrease in payphone use over the past decade, the company can divert its capital spending for other projects like expanding residential broadband and deploying new business services like Ethernet.

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    12. Bermuda's BTC debuts its new multi-purpose fiber network

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 21 2012)

      Bermuda's BTC debuts its new multi-purpose fiber network

      Bermuda's incumbent service provider Bermuda Telephone Company (BTC) has launched its new PRISM fiber network. As a multi-purpose network, BTC said it will have enough capacity to fulfill various consumer and business services, including voice, video, wireless and Carrier Ethernet.

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      Mentions:   America Movil   MegaPath   Packet Optical Transport Systems

    13. Frontier has no plans to offer IPTV to offset residential declines

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 17 2012)

      Frontier has no plans to offer IPTV to offset residential declines

      With the integration of the former Verizon rural lines into its fold, Frontier has been building out its metro and core fiber network to deliver a suite of fiber and even copper-based Ethernet services to businesses.

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      Mentions:   Frontier Communications   Frontier

    14. In detail: Following the Packet Optical Transport Systems (P-OTS) evolution

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 17 2012)

      In detail: Following the Packet Optical Transport Systems (P-OTS) evolution

      As service providers look to transition to an all-packet based network, the Packet Optical Transport System (P-OTS) has emerged as the mechanism that can support packet transport services such as Carrier Ethernet and MPLS over optical networks.

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      Mentions:   Packet Optical Transport Systems

    15. Zayo bolsters its wireless backhaul capabilities in Phoenix

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 17 2012)

      Zayo bolsters its wireless backhaul capabilities in Phoenix

      While this network expansion effort was related to a specific wireless customer, the build out will have implications for other wireline wholesale customers and business customers that are looking for an alternative source for fiber-based Carrier Ethernet services.

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      Mentions:   MegaPath   Zayo   Packet Optical Transport Systems

    16. Consolidated Communications raises cash to complete SureWest acquisition

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 16 2012)

      Consolidated Communications raises cash to complete SureWest acquisition

      Although both service providers were raised in separate markets with little overlap as traditional independent telcos, their overall strategy in recent years has been to transform themelves into broadband and IP-centric services providers, offering consumers and businesses an array of IPTV and Carrier Ethernet services.

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      Mentions:   EarthLink   Comcast Business Services   MegaPath Wholesale

    17. Lightower expands network, colocation presence in Providence, R.I.

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 15 2012)

      Lightower expands network, colocation presence in Providence, R.I.

      Lightower is giving its carrier and business customers in Providence, R.I., more options with the addition of 21 miles of new fiber routes that will serve the Pawtucket and Seekonk communities.  Lightower offers connectivity to all of its fiber-based Ethernet and transport services.

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      Mentions:   Comcast Business Services   MegaPath Wholesale

    18. Overture enhances European and APAC sales teams with four new regional offices

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 15 2012)

      Overture enhances European and APAC sales teams with four new regional offices

      Overture's appointment of new sales leads to oversee four key EMEA-APAC regions--including India, Italy, Malaysia and Russia--instantly gives the vendor locally-based support to serve new growth opportunities outside of North America, the company said Tuesday. The naming of these new sales managers follows similar moves to bolster its sales efforts in both Canada and the Caribbean and the Latin American markets. Its international expansion is in-line with the goals the company set when it launched its rebranding initiative in February, following its acquisition of Hatteras Networks. "We've always done well in the U.S. and have had good ...

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      Mentions:   Overture Networks

    19. MTS Allstream earnings reach $53M on IPTV, business services increase

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 14 2012)

      MTS Allstream earnings reach $53M on IPTV, business services increase

      Driven by the ongoing growth of IP on-net fiber-based services like Ethernet and Unified Communications (UC), Allstream reported that it increased EBITDA by 1.7 percent, to CAD 29.3 million (USD 29.2 million). Converged IP services rose 4.1 percent, to CAD 61.1 million (USD 61 million), while Unified Communications revenues were up 0.9 percent, to CAD 21.8 million (USD 21.7 million).

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    20. Maine's GWI extends broadband, voice service to Dover-Foxcroft and Calais

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 14 2012)

      Maine's GWI extends broadband, voice service to Dover-Foxcroft and Calais

      It will also offer businesses what it says is a suite of "competitively priced high speed Internet, digital phone, Hosted PBX and other advanced services" like Ethernet.

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      Mentions:   Cyan   sidera   Sidera Networks

    21. First Communications introduces Ethernet SLAs

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 14 2012)

      First Communications introduces Ethernet SLAs

      First Communications wants to give any existing or new customers a commitment that it will deliver what it promises by introducing Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for its local access services. The new SLAs were introduced just in time for the debut of its MPLS network and set of Metro Ethernet and MPLS-based services. With its FirstConnection solution, the Akron, Ohio-based competitive provider promises network availability of 99.9 percent in addition to provisioning and four-hour Mean Time to Repair (MTTR) specifications for all of its ISDN PRI, T1 and Ethernet-based data services.   First Communications CMO John Musci said the company ...

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      Mentions:   SLA   Zayo Group   Integra Telecom

    22. Survey: Comcast tops in hosted VoIP; Verizon best at IP connectivity

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 8 2012)

      Survey: Comcast tops in hosted VoIP; Verizon best at IP connectivity

      Comcast continues to make a name for itself in the voice business. The top cable operator garnered top honors for its hosted VoIP service in an Infonetics Research survey. Verizon Business, meanwhile, turned in the top score among IP connectivity providers.  

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      Mentions:   Comcast Business Services   MegaPath Wholesale

    23. Lightower raises glass ceiling in Central and Northern New Jersey

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 8 2012)

      Lightower raises glass ceiling in Central and Northern New Jersey

      Lightower Fiber Networks is strengthening its Central and Northern New Jersey fiber optic network by adding over 100 new miles of glass through Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Middlesex and Mercer counties.  

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      Mentions:   Comcast Business Services   MegaPath Wholesale

    24. Dark fiber providers may see $986M market as broadband data demand rises

      Explore FierceTelecom (May 7 2012)

      Dark fiber providers may see $986M market as broadband data demand rises

      The never-ending hunger for higher speed broadband wireline- and wireless-based data services is driving new dark fiber services revenue. New data from IBISWorld revealed that by the end of 2012 dark fiber revenues will grow at an average annual rate of 3.7 percent, to reach $986.2 million.  

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      Mentions:   NuVox   Qwest   Zayo

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