AOL still serves millions with dial-up Internet service; AT&T to take $130M early retirement charge in Q1

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@FierceTelecom RT ‏@tcarothers: Millions of people still pay for AOL's dial-up service. Yes, really. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> Lumos Networks announced the sale of an aggregate of 1,600,000 shares of its common stock on an underwritten basis by an investment fund affiliated with Quadrangle Capital Partners L.P. to UBS Investment Bank, as the underwriter in a registered offering of these shares of common stock. Release

> EarthLink has selected Level 3 Communications to provide the global connectivity needed to support enterprise customers from EarthLink's Middle East location. Release

> AT&T will take $130 million charge in the first quarter related to the voluntary retirement of nearly 3,000 employees by March 31. Article

Cable News
> Sony has no plans for a ubiquitous national rollout of its PlayStation Vue pay-TV service and will concentrate on a strategy of deploying the OTT product in select major cities. Article

> TiVo-owned video-recommendation company Digitalsmiths released another report damning bundled pay-TV viewing on Wednesday, concluding that around 1.5 million Americans have plans to ditch their cable, satellite or IPTV service. Article

Online Video News
> While consumers are increasingly using tablets and smartphones to access video content, they're still not taking full advantage of their pay TV service provider's TV Everywhere offering, a pair of reports issued this week indicated. Article

Wireless News
> Apple is still riding high from its record-breaking 74.5 million iPhone shipments in its most recent quarter, but the rumor mill about the next iteration of the iPhone is already starting to kick into gear. Article

> AT&T Mobility has only 10 pilot customers for its Sponsored Data program a year after the carrier launched the program, but a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics claims that sponsored data plans are gaining traction around the world. Article

And finally… From the office of the FCC's Ajit Pai: "What People Are Saying About President Obama's Plan To Regulate The Internet: Post-Adoption Edition." Release

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