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American Tower Corporation Agrees to Acquire 196 Towers from Cincinnati Bell Inc.

BOSTON & CINCINNATI –American Tower Corporation (NYSE: AMT - News) and Cincinnati Bell Inc. (NYSE: CBB - News) announced today that American Tower has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 196 of Cincinnati Bell’s wireless communications towers for $100 million. The towers are located primarily in Ohio and Kentucky and currently average 2.1 tenants per tower. Cincinnati Bell will remain a tenant on all 196 towers pursuant to a long-term Master Lease Agreement.


“This transaction is a continuation of Cincinnati Bell’s strategy to improve liquidity and unlock shareholder value,” said Gary Wojtaszek, Chief Financial Officer of Cincinnati Bell. “We are pleased to expand our long-term relationship with a world-class operator such as American Tower, who is facilitating our ability to sell these non-core assets at an attractive valuation.” more

Calix Delivers New E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform to Address Accelerating Broadband Demand in Access Networks

Modular, extensible E7 introduces flexible new high-capacity option to Calix Unified Access portfolio


November 9, 2009, ORLANDO, FL (TelcoTV)— Calix, the largest communications equipment supplier focused solely on access solutions for broadband service delivery, today unveiled a revolutionary new approach to access networks: the E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP), a modular, chassis-based pure Ethernet platform architected for carrier class performance, deployment flexibility and management simplicity. Marrying an advanced 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) backplane with a one rack unit (RU), two slot chassis, the E7 can deploy any mix of GPON, point-to-point gigabit Ethernet (GE) or Active Ethernet (AE), and 10GE transport for business and residential services, allowing communications service providers (CSPs) to combine multiple E7 platforms as a single, manageable network element.


The E7 is a highly extensible standards-based, Ethernet platform that offers CSPs the flexibility needed to address the bandwidth more

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Windstream Reports Third-Quarter Earnings Results

Windstream Reports Third-Quarter Earnings Results


Generates $242 million in net cash from operations and $175 million in free cash flow

Produces $535 million in free cash flow year-to-date in 2009, a 5 percent increase year-over-year

Achieves lowest absolute access line loss since company’s formation in 2006

Adds approximately 26,000 new high-speed Internet customers and more than 11,000 new digital TV customers

Repurchases 8.9 million shares and returns $560 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends this year


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Source: Windstream Corporation

On 6:58 am EST, Monday November 9, 2009


LITTLE ROCK, Ark.–Windstream Corporation (NYSE: WIN) today reported third-quarter earnings results highlighted by the lowest absolute access line loss since the company’s formation in 2006.


Windstream also announced the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission has approved the company’s acquisition of D&E Communications announced on May more

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tw telecom Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

tw telecom Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results


— Strong and Steady Financial Performance

— Grew Revenue, M-EBITDA, Net Income and Cash Flow

— Generated $34 million of Levered Free Cash Flow

— Achieved continued Enterprise Success as Demand Remained Solid


LITTLETON, Colo. – November 3, 2009 – tw telecom inc. (NASDAQ: TWTC), a leading provider of managed voice, Internet and data networking solutions for business customers, today announced its third quarter 2009 financial results, including $304.8 million of revenue, $109.4 million in Modified EBITDA1 (“M-EBITDA”), $33.8 million in levered free cash flow3 and net income of $7.7 million, or $0.05 per share. more

Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire DVN Set-Top Box Business

Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire DVN Set-Top Box Business

Acquisition Furthers Cisco’s Vision of the Global Connected Home


SAN JOSE, CA and SHANGHAI, CHINA and HONG KONG, Nov 02, 2009 — Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire the set-top box business of DVN (Holdings) Limited (SEHK: 0500). Listed in Hong Kong with major operations in China, DVN is a market and technology leader in digital cable solutions in China and shares Cisco’s vision of a high-performance, scalable and services-rich cable interactive platform extending into every home. more

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Windstream to acquire NuVox

Windstream to acquire NuVox


• Advances strategy to grow broadband and business revenues, which will represent more than half of total revenue after the transaction closes

• Drives free cash flow accretion in first full year through $30 million in annual expense and capital savings and lowers dividend payout ratio

• Adds approximately 90,000 business customers in complementary markets in 16 states across the Southeast and Midwest


Release date: Nov. 3, 2009

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Windstream Corporation (NYSE: WIN) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire NuVox, Inc., a privately held competitive local exchange carrier based in Greenville, S.C., in a transaction valued at approximately $643 million. more

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ASSIA Secures $10M in New Financing

ASSIA, Inc. Secures $10M in New Financing


Strategic DSL Service Provider Investment to Fuel ASSIA’S Advanced DSM Development


Redwood City, Calif. – November 2, 2009 – ASSIA, Inc., the leading provider of high-performance software tools for Dynamic Spectrum Management (DSM) of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks, today announced that it has secured $10 million in strategic investment financing. New investors Mingly China Growth Fund and SFR Development joined previous investors Swisscom Ventures, Stanford University, and T-Venture in raising this round. ASSIA has more than 23 million lines under management with top tier service providers in North America and Europe and trials underway on those continents as well as Asia and South America. more

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RCN Business Services to Offer Wideband Cable Modem Options to Small, Medium Sized Businesses Over Its Own Fiber-Rich Backbone

HERNDON, VA–(11/02/09) - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ:RCNI) announced today that RCN Business Services is expanding its data product suite by introducing wideband cable modem offerings through the rollout of DOCSIS 3.0 technology to the Small, Medium Business (SMB) market.


RCN is a leading provider of all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet, and premium voice services to residential and small-medium sized business customers, as well as high-capacity transport services to carrier and large enterprise customers.


RCN Business Services will take advantage of the next generation DOCSIS specification to introduce cable modems that deliver up to three times faster speeds than today’s highest speed services. The company plans to launch in more

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Qwest Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results

Qwest Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results


Third Quarter Highlights


Achieves strong adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow(a)

Improved revenue mix and efficiencies drive adjusted EBITDA margin of 35.8 percent

IP revenue growth supports continued market share gains in enterprise space

Growing demand for high-speed services on fiber to the node network

Completion of wireless migration on track

Updates financial guidance


Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q) today reported financial results for the third quarter 2009. In the quarter, net income was $136 million. Earnings per share were 8 cents, which was equal to prior-year results. Current quarter earnings per share results include a 1 cent charge for severance, realignment and restructuring cost and litigation expense. The prior-year results include a 1 cent charge for severance, realignment and restructuring. The third quarter, net operating revenue of $3.1 billion includes 36 percent growth in more

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FairPoint Initiates Voluntary Chapter 11 Proceeding

FairPoint Reaches Agreement with Bank Lenders –

Initiates Voluntary Chapter 11 Proceeding


Chapter 11 Filing Will Not Impact the Company’s Operations or Customers

and Will Reduce Debt by $1.7 billion


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 26, 2009) – FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NYSE: FRP) (the “Company”), a leading provider of a full range of communications services, today announced it has reached agreement on a comprehensive financial restructuring plan (the “Restructuring Plan”) with lenders (the “Supporting Lenders”) holding more than 50 percent of the outstanding debt under its secured credit facility. The Restructuring Plan is expected to reduce the Company’s debt by $1.7 billion thereby providing a long-term solution for the Company’s balance sheet. more

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