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  • Proposed bill will let cities build broadband networks

    A trio of Democratic Senators has developed a new bill called the Community Broadband Act that is designed to overturn existing state laws that ban or restrict cities and towns from building their own broadband networks.

Broadband providers, NCTA support Republicans' net-neutrality proposal

Incumbent service providers and industry trade groups back a proposal by a group of Republicans to thwart a potential move by the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II in the 1996 Telecom Act.

CuriosityStream's Hendricks sees potential in nonfiction/factual OTT services

John Hendricks, who is best known as the founder of the Discovery Channel and until last year the chairman of Discovery Communications, is ready to make his own mark in the burgeoning OTT video space with CuriosityStream--a pure-play OTT service--which provides subscription VOD content similar to that of Discovery, History and other linear channels in the nonfiction/factual television category.

Birch names Gibson to lead wholesale business

Birch Communications has tapped David Gibson to lead its product development teams and its emerging wholesale service business as its new vice president of business development.

AT&T tapped by Smiths to manage network, security services

AT&T has been awarded a six-year, $100 million contract extension from UK-based global technology provider Smiths Group, illustrating the confidence the firm has in the telco's ability to serve its global networking requirements.

Infinera's Q4 earnings rise to $186M on strong DTN-X sales

Infinera reported fourth-quarter 2014 revenues of $186 million, up from $173.6 million in the third quarter of 2014 and $139.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, due to ongoing customer wins of its DTN-X platform.

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AT&T said it will acquire the Mexican wireless assets of bankrupt NII Holdings for $1.875 billion, less outstanding net debt. The deal marks AT&T's latest expansion south of the U.S border following its $2.5 billion purchase of Mexican carrier Iusacell, which closed earlier this month.

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Cablevision announced it will launch a mobile phone service using its Wi-Fi network, making it the first cable MSO to do so.  The no-contract service will cost just $9.95 for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.