AT&T hires over 200 new employees in Mississippi; Dutch FTTH penetration passes 750,000 households

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> AT&T announced that it hired more than 200 new employees and filled more than 450 jobs in Mississippi in 2014. Release

> The number of Dutch households equipped with a fiber-based broadband service passed the 750,000 mark in November, according to Telecompaper's FTTH Monitor. Article (sub. req.)

> Level 3 Communications has completed its previously announced offering of $600 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.75 percent Senior Notes due 2022 in a private offering to "qualified institutional buyers." Release

Cable News
> Due to massive TV rights deals signed with the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, media conglomerates Fox and Disney are each looking at long-term sports licensing commitments approaching or exceeding $50 billion. Article

> About 19 percent of U.S. TV homes own one or more of the three most popular over-the-top streaming devices: Roku, Apple TV or Google Chromecast, according to a new report published by European research company GfK. Article

Wireless News
> Huawei has reiterated that it does not plan on producing any phones running Microsoft's Windows Phone software. Article

> Participants in the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction resumed bidding after taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, and the auction has now topped $38.4 billion in total provisional winning bids. Article

And finally… A new Pew Research survey reveals that about 61 percent of the U.S. public knows what net neutrality is. Article