Competitive Watch

FiberLight to Connect Texas Networks

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ATLANTA – July 26, 2016 – FiberLight, LLC, an industry leader in providing high performance fiber optic network solutions, today announces continued investment in its expanding Texas network.  FiberLight’s latest construction project will establish additional low-latency connectivity between the western portion of the company’s Texas...Learn More

FCC Approves iconectiv’s Local Number Portability Administrator Contract

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — iconectiv, announced today that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has provided final approval of the contract for iconectiv to serve as the new Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA) for all seven of the U.S. Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC)...Learn More

GVTC Selects Wholesale Ethernet Partner

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Smithson Valley, Texas — July 19, 2016 — GVTC Communications has selected Data Foundry’s, state-of-the-art, Texas 1 facility as an interconnection point for the company’s recently launched wholesale Ethernet business. Texas 1 will serve as a gateway for GVTC’s Ethernet network capable of transporting up...Learn More

CenturyLink Reduces Annual Power Consumption

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MONROE, La., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) will reduce network power consumption by approximately 22,000 megawatt-hours a year through a network optimization project with Nokia. Leveraging Nokia’s fixed network professional services, CenturyLink will optimize its network performance, create energy efficiencies and...Learn More

Nearly 80 Community-based Providers Delivering Gigabit Broadband to Rural Communities

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Arlington, Virginia — July 20, 2016 — One year after launching the Certified Gig-Capable Provider program to build awareness of community-based broadband providers delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association has recognized 77 companies as Certified Gig-Capable Providers. The certified companies serve a...Learn More

Iowa Telco Selects REDCOM for Softswitch Migration

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Victor, NY — July 20, 2016 — REDCOM Laboratories Inc., a company that designs and manufactures reliable world-class digital and IP-enabled telecommunications systems, announced today that Minerva Valley Companies, in Zearing, Iowa, has installed a REDCOM High Density Exchange (HDX) softswitch in its central office,...Learn More

Zayo Introduces Encryption as a Service

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Boulder, Colorado — July 9, 2016 — As part of its commitment to security, Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) now offers Encryption as a Service for customers. Zayo’s initial customers include a leading global bank using the service to encrypt credit card transaction data,...Learn More

Evolution Digital Inks IP VOD Distribution Deal with NCTC

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Centennial, Colorado — July 19, 2016–Evolution Digital today announced that it reached a deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) to distribute its eVUE-TV™ IP Video on Demand service to NCTC member operators. Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV delivers thousands of hours of top-rated movies and...Learn More

Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Collaborate to Close the Digital Divide for up to 2 Million HUD-Assisted Households in Major Internet Essentials Program Expansion

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PHILADELPHIA (July 15, 2016) — Today, Comcast and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) ConnectHome initiative took an historic step to close the digital divide in America.  Now, public housing and HUD-assisted residents living in Comcast’s service area are eligible to apply...Learn More

AT&T to Provide Network Connectivity to the Array of Things Project

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DALLAS and CHICAGO, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Array of Things (AoT) has selected AT&T to be the preferred provider of wireless connectivity for their urban-sensing project. The AoT project is designed to gather critical data about a city’s environment and infrastructure to ultimately help...Learn More

DISH Debuts New Voice Remote to Customers Nationwide

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July 14, 2016 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DISH today launched its Voice Remote, featuring voice recognition, a clickable touchpad and backlighting. This remote controls navigation, search and content selection on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes. “Voice Remote is simple to use, affordable and, most...Learn More

Blackfoot Recognized as Cisco Premier Partner

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Missoula, Mont. — July 12, 2016 — Blackfoot Telecommunications Group, an innovative communications, broadband and IT solutions provider serving customers throughout the region, announced its recognition as a Cisco Premier Partner, with Advanced Core and WAN Specializations. As a Cisco Premier Partner, Blackfoot has the...Learn More