AT&T expecting revenues, cash flow growth in coming years; Verizon and others join Linux's Open Container Initiative

More telecom news from across the Web:

> Local North Carolina provide Home Telecom will expand its "Velocity Gigabit" line offerings to North Charleston in an upgrade expected to be completed by the end of the year. Post and Courier article

> AT&T is expecting growth in revenues, adjusted earnings and free cash flow through the remainder of the year and the next three years. Release

> Government officials in New York State met to speak on the need for fair distribution of broadband connectivity statewide. Daily Freeman article

> AT&T and Verizon are among those joining the Open Container Initiative, leading to speculation over the future importance of the packaging technology. Light Reading article

Cable News

> According to Nomura analyst Anthony DiClemente, Wall Street is overreacting to cord-cutting and the cable industry's recent second quarter earnings reports. Article

Online Video News

> Showtime and CBS execs said the demand for original content via OTT providers is indicative of healthy watching habits and "great TV." Their comments came on the heels of more cynical statements by FX Networks' John Landgraf at the Television Critics Association conference. Article

> Facebook's advertising competition with YouTube just heated up, as the social media giant has rolled out four new products in its targeted ad options for mobile and third-party apps. Article

Installer News

> Liberty Global plans to roll out DOCSIS 3.1 trials in early 2016 in anticipation of deploying the technology to around 80 percent of its footprint in the next three years. Article

And finally… Twitter has done away with its 140-character limit for direct messages between users. The company's product manager said the change, which caps messages at 10,000 characters, will allow users to "express themselves in a more natural and comfortable way." CNET article