Alcatel-Lucent's Combes weighs on Europe's digital divide; Equinix sees Carrier Ethernet opportunities in Big Data, the Internet of Things

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> The Russellville Electric Plant Board (EPB) in Kentucky is now offering fiber-based gigabit services to local businesses. Article

> Alcatel-Lucent's Michel Combes weighs in on Europe's digital divide. Post

> Comcast Business sharpens its SIP trunking strategy to appeal to more businesses that are transitioning from TDM to IP services. Article

Cable News

> Liberty Media Chairman John Malone endorsed the bid Charter Communications made to acquire Time Warner Cable, insisting in a statement issued Thursday that the deal is needed to draw developers and innovators to the cable industry. Article

> Charter Communications announced two deals that are aimed at helping it drive increased revenue from automobile advertising and telemedicine services. Article

Online Video News
> Amazon reportedly looked into licensing rights to deliver some live TV online, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company has also been said to be developing a set-top box that would stream video over the Internet. Article

Wireless News
> Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, dropped a lawsuit against Huawei. Article

> Nokia's overall handset business reported a drop in sales for the fourth quarter and the company posted weaker smartphones sales in the period than it did in the third quarter, a troubling sign since the holiday season is typically the strongest for smartphone makers. Article

And finally… Equinix sees Carrier Ethernet opportunities in Big Data, the Internet of Things. Article