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AT&T may be motivated to migrate to a more open architecture based on software for its entire network, but the service provider is going to be careful about how it transitions the larger edge and core networks. - The FCC voted to approve reforms that it says will accelerate the migration of copper to fiber networks, one that is inciting a mix of praise and derision from telcos, industry groups and its own ranks.   - Avaya has named Nikos Nikolopoulos as senior vice president for corporate strategy, corporate development and marketing, setting a foundation to revamp its image when it emerges from Chapter 11 protection. - Lumos Networks has completed its sale to EQT Infrastructure for $950 million, a deal that ends its fiber network spinout plans with an eye toward expanding its existing fiber business. - In a meeting with Zayo management following the release of the company’s quarterly results, the analysts at Barclays found that the company could potentially hit an organic growth rate of up to 8% if the company’s newly restructured sales and marketing division is successful in drumming up new business. - Cisco may be accelerating its focus on software, including SD-WAN, but that still is not enough to ease the ongoing downward spending patterns by its service provider customers on its hardware-based switching and routing products. - This year’s MEF17 trade show reflected a time of transition and disruption in the networking and telecom industry, where players are looking for ways to effectively virtualize their networks via SDN and NFV. - As service providers throttle spending on optical gear, it is affecting the broader global optical equipment market. - Comcast Business remains confident that it can capture a large chunk of the emerging SD-WAN market, but its business customers will likely operate in a hybrid network that consists of both SD-WAN and MPLS services. - Google Fiber is cutting $15 from the monthly cost of its 1 Gbps fiber internet service as it launches service in San Antonio, Texas. The company is also offering its streaming YouTube TV service for free for 14 days to those who sign up—a noteworthy action considering the company last month said it would not sell its standard TV services with its Fiber launches in Louisville, Kentucky, and San Antonio. - Since ECOMP and Open O merged earlier this year to create the Open Networking Automation Platform (ONAP), the Linux Foundation is seeing membership and interest continue to accelerate to automate more network functions via SDN and NFV. - Zayo has tapped Phil Mottram to become chief revenue officer (CRO) and Annette Murphy as managing director of Europe, two moves the company says will allow it to enhance its global growth strategy. - A group of Democratic senators are urging FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to be careful in how he and his fellow commissioners reform service providers’ copper retirement rules, inciting greater debate between competitive and incumbent carriers. - ORLANDO, Florida—As AT&T virtualizes more of its network, the service provider is keen on enabling its business customers to take advantage of the cost savings benefits of SD-WAN and FlexWare, two key elements of its intelligent network edge vision. - ETSI Open Source has made Open Source Mano's (OSM) third release generally available, illustrating the organization’s efforts to get out a new release every six months to help service providers and businesses with their NFV orchestration transitions. - MEF has introduced its MEF 3.0 Transformational Global Services Framework, a platform to define, deliver, and certify orchestrated services across what it calls a global ecosystem of automated networks. - Spectrum Enterprise, Charter Communications’ business arm, has revealed plans to offer a hybrid SD-WAN solution, offering business customers the option to use a mix of Ethernet and traditional internet access. - Few stories in tech have been more breathlessly hyped on the way up and gleefully eulogized on the way down than Google Fiber. Since Google announced last fall that it was pausing Google Fiber’s expansion into new markets, Access, the Google subsidiary that houses Google Fiber, has laid off more than 20% of its workforce, faced continued delays in Fiber’s existing markets and gone through three chief executives (or four, depending on how you’re counting). By any traditional yardstick of success, Google Fiber has been a failure. But it may have achieved exactly what Google set out to do: disrupt the U.S. home broadband market. - A collection of testing groups and trade associations announced a second XGS-PON “Interoperability Plugfest”—a meeting that helps further pave the way for AT&T, CenturyLink and other telcos to deploy the technology into their fiber networks. The action is noteworthy since XGS-PON promises to enable 10 Gbps speeds over a fiber line while concurrently supporting legacy 2.5 Gbps G-PON services. - Following 2012's Hurricane Sandy, Verizon has put together a new set of flood barrier and network transformation methods designed to achieve two goals: keep its wireline network operational and hasten its ongoing copper-to-fiber migration.   - Avaya has secured a $2.9 billion senior secured term loan, marking another step forward with its financial recovery plan. - As the FCC moves to update the copper retirement process at its upcoming monthly meeting this Thursday, Chairman Ajit Pai has been making his case heard that a more streamlined method will drive service providers to ramp up broadband network investments. - Windstream is making progress in its business segment by driving more of its customers to its newer SD-WAN and unified communications as a service (UCaaS) platforms, but legacy service declines will remain a challenge. - CenturyLink’s completion of its Level 3 acquisition is affecting Infinera, which is going to reduce its workforce by 10% as capex spending remains in limbo. - Windstream may still have some work to do to get back to positive broadband subscriber additions, but the service provider’s Project Excel initiative to expand 25 Mbps and higher speeds to more customers is helping to turn that tide. -

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