Verizon, Huawei, others team up for AI networking tech | Why Pai must proceed cautiously with open internet rules | CenturyLink seen as potential contender for Lightower assets
April 17, 2017
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Verizon, Huawei, others team up for AI networking tech
Verizon, China Telecom, Huawei and others are taking part in a specifications group at ETSI, or the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, looking at how artificial intelligence could be used in telecom networks. The group will cooperate with other industry organizations in advancing this topic area.
FierceTelecom (4/14) 
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Why Pai must proceed cautiously with open internet rules
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai must tread carefully when rolling back the new open internet rules, as moving too fast could trigger a court battle, while moving too slowly could have adverse political effects, industry observers say. Pai reportedly could announce his strategy by the end of this month.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/16) 
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CenturyLink seen as potential contender for Lightower assets
CenturyLink is among the companies that might consider buying Lightower Fiber Networks, sources say, adding that Lightower's private equity owners hope to fetch more than $7 billion for the broadband services company. Zayo Group and Crown Castle International are also seen as potential suitors, although Lightower reportedly may elect to pursue an initial public offering.
Reuters (4/13) 
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FairPoint winds up Vt. project
FairPoint Communications has wrapped up the upgrade of its fiber-optic network in Vermont after completion of work in 25 towns, saying the project will enable subscribers to reach broadband download speeds of up to 15 megabits per second. FairPoint has announced plans to merge with Consolidated Communications. (4/14) 
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USTelecom Spotlight
How wired is my valley?
For some rural towns and counties, upgrading the broadband infrastructure is a question of balancing a deeply held commitment to a rural identity with the costs of being left behind by a digitally powered world. Some are confronting the challenges of bringing a 21st century broadband infrastructure to a sparsely populated area that still embraces an historic heritage. USTelecom broadband providers support public-private partnership efforts aimed at ensuring broadband is built in areas which don't currently have it. One way to help speed deployment is eliminating federal regulations that stymie investment as well as encouraging policies like "dig once," which can help lessen the costs for providers. Learn more.
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