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AT&T agrees extend Gig service to E-rate schools, libraries as part of DirecTV deal

AT&T has agreed to extend its 1 Gbps FTTP service to more E-rate eligible schools and libraries in its wireline footprint as one of the concessions of its now-completed acquisition of DirecTV.

Verizon braces for work stoppage as CWA union members approve strike authorization

Verizon is bracing for a possible strike in its wireline division as 86 percent of the union members represented by the Communications Workers of America voted to authorize a strike, should current negotiations for a new contract remain stalled.

The Best Way to Refuse a Discount for your Translation Services

Should translators accept to give discounts when they are asked to? If so, how often, to what extent? Opinions on the topic vary greatly between translators. However, even the most flexible translators will have to refuse discount “offers” every once…

Wireline telecom earnings in the second quarter of 2015

The second-quarter 2015 earnings reporting season has begun, and FierceTelecom is tracking how key players in the wireline telecom industry performed. Check here throughout the reporting season for updates on providers, vendors and integrators in this segment.

How susceptible is the US (and the UK) to a crippling cyber attack?

“By 2020 the US will be hit with an earthquake of a cyber-attack that will cripple banks, stock exchanges, power plants and communications, an executive from Hewlett-Packard predicted. Companies are nowhere near prepared for it. Neither are the Feds. And yet, instead of mobilising a national defence, we want a toaster that communicates with the […]

euNetworks Deploys Ciena’s 200G

It seems like just a year or two ago that 100G became commercially viable, yet technology has moved on already.  euNetworks today announced that it has deployed 200G, with the London metro area getting it first.... [visit site to read more]

Ramblings Jobs: FairPoint

Another summer job listing landed on the Ramblings Jobs board this past week, and again it is up in the Northeast.... [visit site to read more]

Digitalization, regulation, employment and earnings

This article was authored by Jouko Ahvenainen, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net. Should Airbnb's apartment rental business be treated like a hotel business with licenses and taxes? Is Uber the employer or a technology service for drivers? Has Uber conducted illegal taxi business in France when its directors were arrested? Can people mutually make business […]

BlackBerry to Cut New Phone Models to 1–2 Per Year

BlackBerry’s CEO says the company will reduce the number of phones it releases per year. Until now, we’ve seen four new BlackBerry phones every year, but Jack Chen says he has plans to release only one or two high-end devices to save costs and focus more on enterprise software services. “We make four phones a [...]

Complex Data Pricing Threatens to Alienate Consumers

Hounded by the threat of irrelevance wireless carriers have, for the most part, initiated an industry wide evolution, transitioning away from their traditional role as network service providers towards becoming more profitable content providers. But by expanding their products and services the wireless industry has been hit with an unforeseen issue, the increasing complexity of [...]

[Review] Huawei Ascend Y635

Un-boxing                             Huawei Ascend Y635 is packet in a small rectangle box which is hard enough to keep the Smartphone safe. Following Items were found on un-boxing. Huawei Ascend Y635 Data cable Charging plug Li-po 2000 mAh Battery (replaceable) Booklets Build and Design Ascend Y635 is a phone with a solid body and simple looks. Show More Summary

Tata Looks to Monetize Its Data Centers

According to an article on LiveMint, Tata Communications is shopping its data center assets.  They are said to be talkign with both private equity and strategic buyers to sell a 74% stake in the company's data center subsidiary, raising something in the neighborhood of $300M.  ... [visit site to read more]

AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon implement tools to battle robocalls

AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are heeding requests from the FCC and a coalition of 45 state attorneys to develop methods to block automated telemarketing calls, otherwise known as robocalls, reports Bloomberg.

Cisco remains service providers' favorite router/switch vendor, says research firm

Cisco continues to be the service providers' top-choice core/edge router and carrier Ethernet switch vendor, according to a new IHS Infonetics report.

SESAC Suit Settled

Props to Bill Velez for striking a good deal for the radio industry! Bill Velez and the gang at the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) have struck again. Having targeted SESAC in an antitrust suit in 2012, they have now used the leverage of that suit to gain a settlement with SESAC that should prove … Continue Reading

AT&T’s DirecTV Acquisition is Likely to Happen

In tech news, AT&T's DirecTV deal is a go, Qualcomm announces layoffs, Apple sells 4.2 million watches and Cisco gets out of set-top business.

Cox lays challenge to AT&T's U-verse empire with 1 Gig rollout in Louisiana

Cox Communications is gearing up to bring its 1 Gbps G1GABLAST service to residential customers in Louisiana, setting another competitive challenge to AT&T, which has yet to target the state with its own FTTH service.

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