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CenturyLink’s Hussain: Network virtualization is a cultural transformation

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—As CenturyLink virtualizes more of its network with software, the service provider faces not only a technology challenge, but also a people challenge in that its employees need to acquire a new set of skills to drive what is a disruptive transition.

Charter suspends complaint against Verizon over utility pole access

Charter Communications has suspended a complaint against Verizon centered on access to utility poles in New York state. “Charter believes it would be appropriate for the commission to temporarily hold in abeyance any deadlines related to the complaint proceedings, without prejudice to Charter’s right to resume those proceedings at any time,” the company wrote.

Verizon won't use to connect MDUs, focuses on bringing fiber to living, business units may have captured the hearts and minds of some telcos, but for Verizon the technology won’t become part of their FTTH multiple dwelling unit (MDU) deployment program.

Zayo’s dense fiber network positions it to capture more on-net fiber buildings, says analyst

Zayo’s aggressive, organic acquisition strategy to build out and enhance its network reach positions the service provider to up its on-net fiber count into business buildings. 

CenturyLink trials virtual 10G-PON, sets next step of FTTP migration

CenturyLink has begun a field trial of a virtualized 10G-PON solution, reflecting the service provider’s move to begin virtualizing its last-mile FTTH access network.

After ditching cloud business, Verizon inks Virtual Network Services deal with Amazon

Verizon announced its Virtual Network Services will now work on the Amazon Web Services cloud, which the company said will give its enterprise and government customers “end-to-end visibility and the control needed to effectively manage mobile-to-cloud transactions.”

WideOpenWest says Verizon Chicago fiber deal better positions its business, wholesale segments

WOW says the pending sale of its Chicago fiber network to Verizon positions it to more effectively expand business services while shedding an asset it did not see as strategic to its broader growth plans.

Hawaiian Telcom, partners complete SEA-US submarine cable

Hawaiian Telecom and its partners have completed the build-out of the $250 million Southeast Asia—United States (SEA-US) undersea fiber cable, enhancing Trans-Pacific capacity on an underserved route as existing cables reach the end of operational life.

Public Knowledge, ACLU, others get FCC to extend deadline for net neutrality comments

The FCC said it would continue to accept comments on its net neutrality proceeding for another two weeks, an extension to the deadline that had been requested by a number of public interest groups including Public Knowledge, Access Now, the American Civil Liberties Union, Consumers Union and others.

Google Fiber seeks new sales, operations staff for Louisville, Kentucky

Google Fiber’s efforts to get its 1 Gbps-capable FTTH network off the ground in Louisville, Kentucky, may have hit two key speed bumps in the form of lawsuits from area incumbent providers AT&T and Charter, but the provider is looking to develop a sales and operations staff to support the city’s pending network build.  

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