Akamai participates in Google's Interconnect Program; IEEE forms three new Ethernet study groups

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Following last week's attack in Paris, U.S. government officials have been trying to demonize encryption for the government's failure to preempt future tragedies. DSL Reports article

> Akamai Technologies is collaborating with Google Cloud Platform as part of the Google Interconnect Program. Release

> Spain's telecom regulator CNMC has approved a draft measure regulating the nation's wholesale broadband markets. TeleGeography article

> ViaSat said it is speeding up the company's Exede satellite broadband service with a a new 25 Mbps broadband tier bundled with the company's new Exede WiFi Modem. Release

> A median of 50 percent of people from 38 countries surveyed by Pew Research Center say it is very important to have an Internet without government censorship. siliconbeat article

> The IEEE formed three new Ethernet study groups: 25 Gbps Ethernet for Single Mode Fiber; 50 Gbps Ethernet Over A Single Lane; and next generation 100 Gbps and 200 Gbps Ethernet. Release

Cable News
> While programmers continue to undermine the pay-TV industry's authenticated viewing initiative with their own direct-to-consumer platforms, TV Everywhere usage is still growing. Article

> Univision has become the latest broadcaster to bypass the pay-TV industry's TV Everywhere campaign and go directly to consumers with a subscription streaming platform. Article

Installer News
> The FTTH Council released guidance on how to streamline the make-ready policies to facilitate deployment of fiber into more communities on the heels of the recently introduced "Dig Once" broadband deployment bill -- the Broadband Conduit Deployment Act of 2015. Article

Online Video News
> Tablet TV, which was beta-testing its over-the-air home streaming device in the San Francisco area and other locations, is being made available nationwide with several additional features added in. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint is going all out to woo customers from its competitors this holiday season. The carrier said it will cut the rate plans in half of customers who switch to Sprint from Verizon, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US, and the savings will last through 2018. Article

> Qualcomm said South Korean antitrust authorities have accused the chipset giant of violating South Korean law through its licensing practices and proposes to fine the company. Article

And finally …Usage-based pricing: A step up in fairness and effectiveness. TechPolicyDaily.com article