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Verizon has embarked on a three-part strategy of leasing, acquiring and building out their own fiber routes, but the service provider says that building its own fiber is the best way to align new networks with its wireless and business services strategy.  - Verizon may still be wading through ongoing revenue challenges in its wireline segment, but the company thinks it has an ace in the hole: expanding and enhancing its fiber network. - The Linux Foundation is taking the first step to bring some commonality across its myriad of network efforts by creating the LF Networking Fund. - Zayo took the time to start out the new year with a tuck-in acquisition of Vancouver-based Optic Zoo Networks, a deal that will expand the service provider’s fiber diet in Canada to serve digital media sector clients. - Bell Canada has implemented its first automation use case using the Linux Foundation's Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) as part of the telco's Network 3.0 transformation initiative. - While it’s a rare occurrence that Republicans and Democrats can agree on anything these days, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Congressman David McKinley (R-W.V.) did just that by introducing two bills focused on easing access to utility poles and simplifying the method to lay fiber conduit along new roadways. - AT&T has upped its partnership with Tech Mahindra to resell the telco’s FlexWare network product, expanding the software-based service immediately to a larger global audience. - CenturyLink has responded to the mobile workforce and bring your own device trends with its new Adaptive Network Security Mobility service, making it the standard security product for the new company formed after completing its acquisition of Level 3. - CenturyLink, Frontier and Windstream will be reporting their fourth-quarter 2017 earnings in the coming weeks and analysts are expecting lower broadband losses for these providers as cable continues to expand their DOCSIS 3.1 footprints. - AT&T has asked the FCC to realign the way it regulates how service providers shut down TDM-based data and retirement services with the hope of creating incentives for service providers to invest in next-gen services. - Consolidated Communications is in the process of bringing FairPoint under its common brand while enhancing consumer and business services in its newly acquired Northern New England territories. - CenturyLink has inched closer to meeting its FCC CAF-II program commitments, reaching over 600,000 rural homes and businesses with broadband over the past two years. - AT&T has asked the FCC to consider a new One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) rule that would limit the process to routine transfers on existing utility poles. - CenturyLink, Windstream and other providers have made SD-WAN the new networking fashion for businesses, but with an ever-growing array of cyberthreats, the new focus is on making these connections secure. - As Adtran moves through Verizon’s NG-PON2 field trials, the vendor says that the technology could play a key role in supporting backhaul and fronthaul for it and other wireless operators' pending 5G wireless rollouts. - Verizon’s move to join the Linux Foundation’s Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project as a Platinum member firmly establishes the specification as a common automation standard the industry can follow as companies migrate toward SDN and NFV. - AT&T has completed trials of 10 Gbps XGS-PON leveraging Open Source Access Manager Hardware Abstraction software in Atlanta and Dallas. - Adtran said that one of its largest U.S.-based Tier 1 telco customers is holding up a planned VDSL2 vectoring project as the telco reviews its capital budgets ahead of a potential merger. That delay impacted Adtran's fourth-quarter results, CEO Tom Stanton said. - A group of 22 states has filed an appeal against the FCC’s recent move to realign the 2015 net neutrality rules that regulated broadband internet access service under Title II of the Communications Act. - Google has hatched a plan to build three new submarine cable networks next year with an aim of getting a jump on its key cloud services competitors Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. - CenturyLink has completed the build-out of a new metro fiber loop in Greenwich, Connecticut, capping off a series of network expansions throughout the East Coast during the past year. - Now that it has completed the integration of Finger Lakes Technologies Group, FirstLight has tucked the New York regional fiber provider into its broader brand. - Verizon has joined the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project as a Platinum member, a move that reflects the service provider's desire to drive industry harmony around network virtualization and automation. - TDS has high hopes that it can apply the same level of success it has seen with growing its telecom and cable-based broadband service segments to its struggling Hosted & Managed Services (HMS) business. - NTT and Sprint are leading ETSI’s Network Operators Council advisory group for its new zero-touch network and Service Management Industry Specification Group. -

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