Competitive Watch

CenturyLink Adds Another Gigabit Market

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April 15, 2015 — LA CROSSE, Wis. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today announced that symmetrical broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) are now available to residential and small business customers in select locations in La Crosse through its ultra-fast fiber optic...Learn More

Fatbeam Wins E-rate Contracts For Multiple School Districts

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Orlando, FL – Comptel (PRWEB) April 13, 2015 — Fatbeam, a competitive access provider, today announced winning E-rate contracts with the Bend-La Pine School District in Bend, Oregon and the Pasco School District in Pasco, Washington to build fiber infrastructure for ultra-high-speed Internet. Fatbeam enters...Learn More

XO Launches Hosted PBX ‘Concierge’ Service

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April 16, 2015 — HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–XO Communications (XO), a leading national provider of advanced IP communications, has launched “HPBX Concierge,” a “touch-free” feature for its award-winning Hosted PBX (HPBX) service. While customers already have the ability to manage their HPBX services online, they can...Learn More

Zayo Opens New Data Center

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BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– zColo, the colocation business of international Bandwidth Infrastructure provider Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO), today announced it has opened a new data center in Denver. Located at 1500 Champa Street in downtown Denver, it is Zayo’s third data center in Colorado,...Learn More

Windstream Expands IPTV Footprint

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Apr 15, 2015 – LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced today that Kinetic, Windstream’s next-generation television service, is now available in Lincoln, Nebraska. Starting today, more than 50,000 Lincoln residents can sign up for Kinetic, a...Learn More

Sprint Revolutionizes Wireless Shopping Experience by Introducing Sprint® Direct 2 You

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April 13, 2015 — Overland Park, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sprint (NYSE:S) today will transform forever the way customers buy or upgrade their mobile phones, tablets and other connected devices with the introduction of Sprint Direct 2 You. Sprint is bringing an in-store experience to the comfort of a...Learn More

Alaska Communications Launches HD Voice

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska– April 09, 2015 –Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK), Alaska’s leading broadband and IT managed service provider, has enhanced Voice over Internet service for Alaska businesses with its new high definition (HD) voice capability. The new capability increases sound clarity to provide a better call experience...Learn More

TDS Taps Equinox for Fraud Management Solution

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NASHVILLE, TN — April 10, 2015 – Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems announced that TDS Telecom, the 7th largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S., has implemented the Protector fraud management system (FMS). Currently processing hundreds of millions of call records per day for its customers...Learn More

Great Plains Communications Completes Multiple Fiber Routes

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BLAIR, Neb., April 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Great Plains Communications, the largest, privately owned telecommunications, last mile, and middle mile provider in the state of Nebraska is pleased to announce the completion of multiple fiber routes extending from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Denver, Colorado, crossing...Learn More

Sprint Launches Wi-Fi Calling on iPhones

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April 08, 2015 — OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Starting today, iPhone customers on a Sprint service plan can initiate high-quality calls over Wi-Fi using their own phone number1 through a software update coming over the next week. This new capability will allow Sprint to dramatically expand...Learn More

Indiana Fiber Network to Expand Broadband Using Ciena

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HANOVER, Md. and Indianapolis, IN – April 8, 2015 — To support its recently announced broadband expansion project, Indiana Fiber Network, LLC (IFN) has selected converged packet optical and packet networking solutions from Ciena® (NYSE: CIEN) to ensure network resiliency, reduce costs and increase capacity....Learn More

ISO Approves the Award-Winning IEEE 802.22™-2011 Standard to Provide Broadband Connectivity to Rural and Underserved Global Communities

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 8 April 2015 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the recipient of the IEEE Emerging Technology Award, IEEE 802.22™-2011 “Standard for Information Technology– Local and Metropolitan Area Networks,” has been approved to...Learn More