AT&T, Comcast downplay Google Fiber's Huntsville entry; Lawmakers exempt smaller ISPs from parts of FCC net neutrality rules

Wireline news from across the Web:

> AT&T and Comcast are downplaying Google Fiber's announced expansion this week into the Huntsville, Ala. market. article

> UK's Plusnet is offering ADSL2+ free for 18 months for consumers willing pay for voice line rental for a $24 a month. Think Broadband article

> SFR Reunion plans to launch its FTTH offering with down/uplink speeds of 100/Mbps in the commune of Etang-Sale in March. TeleGeography article

> House Republicans and Democrats voted to exempt some small service providers from transparency requirements included in the FCC's new net neutrality rules. The Hill article

Cable News
> Dish Network's Sling TV has not only become a powerful driver of its own company's corporate earnings sheet, but the broader pay-TV industry, as well. Article

> The percentage of pay-TV customers reporting use of TV Everywhere services shot up markedly in the fourth quarter, reaching 17.4 percent, up from 14.3 percent in the third quarter, according to research conducted by Adobe. Article

Installer News
> EarthLink is seeing basic fundamentals like best practices around network installation paying off. The competitive carrier reported that it saw an uptick in dark fiber and overall fourth quarter wholesale service sales. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon once again touted its performance in a RootMetrics test of mobile networks, crowing in a Wednesday press release that it had the top-performing wireless network in New York. Article

> FreedomPop last month announced plans to launch its free MVNO service in Europe with 25 carriers, and it isn't dawdling. Article

And finally@DHSgov predicts uptick in #cyber targeting of emergency services. FierceGovernmentIT article