AT&T chairs a new robocalling strike force; Democrats vow to fight Republican challenge to net neutrality

Wireline news from across the web:

> Axiros was contracted to provide a service assurance platform to Wow! that addresses all of its deployment, provisioning, management, and customer experience needs in a single software platform accessible from a portal. Release

> Italy's Fastweb and Telecom Italia have entered into a strategic partnership to deploy FTTH networks to deliver broadband internet services at speeds of up to 1 Gbps. TeleGeography article

> AT&T has agreed to chair a new Robocalling Strike Force in response to calls from the FCC for the industry to do more to help customers block unwanted calls. AT&T Blog Post

> Democrats say they will fight Republicans on their challenge to net neutrality. Multichannel News article

Cable News
> With the licensing fees Disney and Time Warner Inc. pay the National Basketball Association set to double for the upcoming season, FBR analyst Barton Crockett has lowered his rating for both media companies. Article

> Speaking to a gathering of small cable operators, Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska) discounted the FCC's push to reform rules governing pay-TV set-tops. Article

Installer News
> Amazon's newly awarded patent is for a docking station to be installed on cell towers, and light and utility poles, that will allow the drones used in its Prime Air delivery service to recharge. Article

Online Video News
> Netflix will soon be streaming The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story in almost every country where its SVOD service is available -- sorry, Canada -- thanks to a first-ever global licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. Article

Wireless News
> Apple once again pointed to growing revenue from services as it posted a second straight quarter of falling iPhone sales. But shares rose in after-hours trading Tuesday as the company beat expectations in some key areas. Article

> Cyanogen denied reports that it was considering shelving its CyanogenMod open source operating system in favor of developing mobile applications. Article

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