Alaska Communications taps Ritter for managed services division; Ethernet, small cells, SDN key trends at Comptel

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> Alaska Communications has named telecom industry veteran Randy Ritter as its as senior vice president of managed services. Release

> Holyoke Gas and Electric helps nearby rural Western Massachusetts build out fiber networks. Article

Cable News

> Time Warner Cable posted a video featuring EVP Melinda Witmer which appears to be aimed at keeping its push to reform retransmission-consent rules in the spotlight. Article

> Kids' networks and premium sports channels would struggle the most if pay TV distributors offered a la carte subscription choices, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study. Article


> CBS will be collaborating with social media player Twitter to sell video-based tweets for 24 CBS brands that reach beyond TV and include the network's online businesses. Article

Online Video News

> YouTube is revamping the way it displays comments below videos, giving higher placement to comments left by the video's creator and "popular personalities" and giving content creators more control over moderating comments. Article

Wireless News

> Ericsson is announcing what it calls the Radio Dot System, a disk-shaped small cell that can fit in the palm of a person's hand and be placed on walls or ceilings to boost indoor voice and data coverage. Article

> Sprint and regional wireless partner nTelos agreed to settle disputes between the two companies dating back to 2011 over data rates and billing. Article

And finally … Here are the top trends that took place at the Comptel Fall 2013 show. Article