AT&T expands U-verse to 3,000 locations in the Orlando area; CenturyLink to participate in two upcoming investor conferences

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> AT&T announced that it expanded U-verse to about 3,000 new local customer locations in the Orlando, Fla., area throughout June. Release

> The UK government's rollout of superfast broadband has reached more than 1 million homes and businesses across the country. Article (sub. req.)

> CenturyLink is scheduled to participate in two upcoming analyst conferences: the Oppenheimer 17th Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference on Wednesday, Aug. 13, and the Goldman Sachs 23rd Annual Communicopia Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Release

> Bridge Point Communication has selected iPhotonix' iVolve technology to bring fiber to the home (FTTH) connectivity to its commercial and residential subscribers in the greater Ticonderoga area of upstate New York. Release         

> Alcatel-Lucent is reworking its OSS portfolio to embrace network functions virtualization (NFV) and stabilize IP platforms. Article

Cable News
> AT&T and DirecTV are set to take over struggling regional sports network CSN Houston. Article

> The American Cable Association and the American Television Alliance are taking the spirited communications battle over retransmission rules into the living room of pay-TV subscribers. Article

Wireless News
> Microsoft may need to abandon being in the devices market altogether and focus more on services, according to industry analyst Chetan Sharma. Article

> Sprint's incoming CEO Marcelo Claure, who will succeed Dan Hesse on Monday, was handpicked for the role by Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Article

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