AT&T accuses Level 3 of breaching fiber network licensing agreement; Convergint buying HE Comfort Controls

Installer news from across the web:

> Convergint Technologies a specialist in service-based systems integration, announced its acquisition of HE Comfort Controls, a provider of building systems to address facility challenges of workplace security, comfort, and energy conservation. Release

> AT&T has accused Level 3 Communications LLC of breaching a licensing agreement by refusing to pay for the use of a fiber cable system between Boston and New York. Law360 article

> A new white paper from Fischer Connectors addresses trends in fiber-optic connector cleaning. Fischer Connectors paper (reg req.)

Cable News

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has submitted an order to the agency's five-person commission formally recommending Charter Communications' purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Article

> While the FCC received key backing from the White House several weeks ago in its bid to "unlock" choice in the pay-TV set-top leasing business, pay-TV operators opposed to the proposal are receiving a flurry of support of their own. Article

Telecom News

> Level 3 Communications may be one of the most aggressive providers rolling out fiber to deliver a host of Ethernet and cloud services, but being a competitive provider it can't bring fiber into every building that wants service. Article

> Level 3's aggressive rollout of Ethernet and cloud interconnection strategy should enable the service provider to surpass first quarter earnings expectations, analysts say. Article

Wireless News

> Microsoft quietly launched a promotion offering customers a free Lumia 950 when they buy a Lumia 950 XL at regular price through its online store. Article

> AT&T's marketing campaigns generated more engagement with consumers during a recent 30-day stretch than advertising efforts from any other major U.S. mobile network, according to the ad-measurement company iSpot. Article

And finally … Amid a strike by Verizon wireline workers represented by the CWA and IBEW unions, the service provider said that thousands of its customers "have been cut off from critical services over the past few days as criminals have damaged or destroyed critical network facilities." FierceCable article