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Having completed a large-scale rollout of fiber in its business services footprint and a consumer DOCSIS 3.1 build, Mediacom is turning up new speeds for small businesses to surpass lower-speed copper services offered by incumbent telcos CenturyLink and Frontier. - Verizon’s activist retirees have launched two proxy proposals on this year’s ballot for the annual shareholders’ meeting in an effort to keep the telco’s executive management team more accountable. - On the eve of next week’s ONS North America event, The Linux Foundation and the Open Compute Project (OCP) launched a collaborative effort to drive the development of open source networking based on software and hardware solutions. - As service providers decelerate their deployments of VoLTE and overall spending, VoIP and IMS product revenue has dipped 12% year over year to $4.5 billion. - CenturyLink and its predecessor companies like Level 3 may have traditionally sold dark fiber on a wholesale basis to other carriers and web scale companies, but the service provider says more enterprises are requesting the service as a way to secure sensitive data. - Adtran has secured Sumitomo Electric’s EPON business, enabling it to enhance its engagement with cable MSOs selling fiber-based business services. - Vonage is changing the way it works with channel partners with the debut of its Vonage Partner Network program, enabling partners to solve customers’ complex communications service issues. - As a California court gets ready to hear arguments to reinstate the 2015 net neutrality rules put in place by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, incumbent cable and telco lobbying groups have filed motions to uphold the net neutrality rules repeal.  - After leaving behind my family, Northeast community and yet another large snowstorm for this year’s OFC 2018 tradeshow in San Diego, I thought it would be good to look back at the key trends that were seen at last week’s show. - CenturyLink recently took the Ethernet industry segment by storm when it surpassed AT&T as the top Ethernet position in terms of port shares sold on Vertical System Group’s Ethernet Leaderboard, but the service provider will continue to face new competitive threats from an array of aggressive cable MSOs and competitive providers. - Frontier is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) that caused intentional damage to its West Virginia telephone cables, telecommunications equipment or facilities. - Cisco and Avaya may still hold dominant positions in the PBX market segment, but as enterprises put off spending and move to cloud-based service options, the on-premises PBX segment continues to struggle. - The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union said that Frontier’s request for an injunction on its workers striking in West Virginia and Ashburn, Virginia, is not necessary and the strikers are abiding by the law.   - Shentel’s wireline segment continues to reap revenues from its fiber business, which garnered new long-term deals from carrier and business customer segments in the fourth quarter. - Hargray Communications, a regional independent telco and cable operator, is acquiring Hawkinsville, Georgia-based ComSouth as part of an effort to enhance its presence in the Georgia market - Verizon says that as it mulls its involvement in the FCC’s upcoming $2 billion Connect America Fund auction this July, the regulator needs to provide more guidance on how it will determine whether a CAF-supported service meets speed requirements. - SAN DIEGO—The Ethernet Alliance held a multivendor interoperability demonstration at this year’s OFC to highlight 50GE port forwarding packets at line rate speed (50 Gbps) over transmission distances up to 40 km. - Verizon and Colt have demonstrated two-way intercarrier SDN network orchestration, paving the way for service providers to automate the provisioning of wholesale services across partner networks. - Data centers are ditching 40GE connections in favor of 25/100GE ports. Meanwhile, the enterprise market has apparently gotten its confidence back. - With Commissioner Mignon Clyburn set to move on, Democrats in Congress are reported to have settled on an FCC assistant bureau chief to take her place. - Adva is excited about 400G, but the German vendor is taking a pragmatic view on how quickly it will be adopted by its growing base of service provider and enterprise customers. - Telia Carrier completed a field trial with Coriant to measure real-time optical performance and dynamic provisioning of optical capacity on its network for its business and wholesale customers. - Hawaiian Telcom saw the fruits of its FTTH expansion as its consumer internet subscriber base surpassed the losses in its copper-based DSL service lines, but these gains weren’t enough to offset the overall $1.6 million year-over-year consumer segment decline. - Lumentum reached a deal to acquire Oclaro for $1.8 billion, sparking a new wave of consolidation in the optical components market segment. - Infinera has introduced ICE5, a 2.4 Tbps optical engine, marking the latest addition to the company’s family of Infinite Capacity Engines.  -