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1. Verizon touts benefits of massive fiber migration

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 20, 2015

Verizon is still in the early stages of transitioning its more than 2,000 central offices from copper to fiber, but the company says the economics of the migration are already working in its favor. With just seven office upgrades completed, the telecom says it has experienced savings of up to 60% on energy alone. Light Reading (05/19)

2. AT&T still has $18B earmarked for broadband

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 19, 2015

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says the company will continue with its plan to spend $18 billion this year to expand broadband wireless and fiber-to-the-home infrastructure, despite the uncertainty surrounding the Open Internet rules. Stephenson is confident the courts will either overturn or modify the rules. (05/18) Ars Technica (05/18)

3. End date for AT&T-DIRECTV deal is extended "for a short period"

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 18, 2015

The end date for the proposed $48.5 billion merger between AT&T and DIRECTV will be extended "for a short period," to allow for regulators to complete the review process, a filing states. The May 18, 2014, agreement between the companies stipulated today as the escape date if a final deal had not been reached. The Federal Communications Commission reportedly plans to OK the deal by July. Multichannel News (05/15) Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (05/15)

4. CenturyLink targets SMBs with gigabit fiber expansion

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 19, 2015

CenturyLink will tap dark fiber in 17 states to expand gigabit broadband, benefiting roughly 500,000 small and midsize businesses. The fiber-to-the-premises expansion will enable CenturyLink to broaden service options for SMBs and will involve the introduction of cloud-based business services from Microsoft. Light Reading (05/18) American City Business Journals (05/18) eWeek (05/18)

5. Analysis: Telecom deals are back in vogue

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 21, 2015

The proposed $9.1 billion purchase of Suddenlink Communications by Altice signals that a new wave of telecom mergers-and-acquisitions activity may be at hand. Liberty Global may be poised to make a megadeal, such as a long-rumored combination with Vodafone Group, while America Movil is cashing out of KPN through a large sale of bonds. Bloomberg (05/20)

6. CenturyLink aims to evolve with technology, customers

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 21, 2015

CenturyLink President and CEO Glen Post is pleased with the progress the telecom has made in the past year but believes more needs to be done to keep up with changes in technology. "We have to do more transformation," Post said in a speech to shareholders. "Technology is changing so rapidly. Customers' expectations are changing. They want anytime, anywhere information. They want it now and they want it simple and easy. And they're looking for value." The News-Star (Monroe, La.) (tiered subscription model) (05/20)

7. IDC: Expect fast growth in Internet of Things this year

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 22, 2015

The rapid adoption of digital signage in retail will help drive 19% growth in the Internet of Things consumer and enterprise markets this year, IDC predicts. The fast-growing IoT space is expected to expand from $42.2 billion in 2013 to $98.8 billion in 2018. CIO Today (05/20) InformationWeek (05/20)

8. Researchers: Internet fiber-optic cables are reaching their limit

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 19, 2015

Fiber-optic cables used for transmitting Internet data are quickly approaching their capacity of approximately 100 terabits per second, said researchers at a Royal Society meeting in London. The researchers said physicists and computer scientists are searching for new solutions to deal with the shortage, including experimenting with multiple-core fibers to help transmit the growing amount of Internet data. New Scientist (05/15) Gizmodo (05/17)

9. N.J. regulator frees Verizon to set prices

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 20, 2015

Verizon Communications and New Jersey's Board of Public Utilities have agreed on a rate-deregulation plan that will gradually lift controls for five years, after which all regulation will sunset. The BPU's approval, which came in a vote on Tuesday, will not affect Lifeline service or the disability program. "Over 3 in 10 households have cut the cord in favor of wireless, a number that continues to increase," BPU analyst Harold Bond said. Burlington County Times (Willingboro, N.J.) (05/20)

10. Birch will expand metro fiber in 4 cities

USTelecom dailyLead® | May 20, 2015

Birch Communications is expanding its fiber networks in Dallas, Los Angeles, Denver and Houston, connecting a total of 46 buildings in those cities to metropolitan fiber rings. Birch connects more than 600 buildings across the U.S. RCR Wireless News (05/19)

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