AT&T invests $1.15B in Tennessee wireline, wireless networks; Metcalfe says cities should adopt telepresence technologies

Wireline news from across the web:

> AT&T invested nearly $1.15 billion in Tennessee wireless and wired networks between 2013 and 2015. Release

> Bob Metcalfe, the father of Ethernet, noted that cities looking to innovate should adopt networking technologies for telepresence instead of looking for ways to make human transportation easier. Industrial IOT article

> Mexico has reached over 62 million internet users, representing more than half of the country's population, according to the country's Communications and Transport Secretary, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza. Telecompaper article

> Verizon and Time Warner Cable apparently can't figure out a simple case of number porting, leaving a 93-year-old woman without a phone. Streaming Media blog post

> France's Orange will stop providing wholesale services to wireless provider Iliad almost three years early, in 2017. Capacity Media article

Cable News
> Continuing to make the case that the FCC's "Unlock the Box" set-top proposal will do great harm to smaller MSOs, the American Cable Association met with FCC Media Bureau officials this week, while Republican and Democratic lawmakers made statements on the House floor. Article

> Over-the-top distribution is about to be inextricably intertwined with virtual reality, according to Level 3 Communications. Article

Installer News
> Verizon Wireless' Maintenance Engineering Department has approved Advanced RF Technologies' active fiber Distributed Antenna System (DAS) platforms, the ADX V Series and the ADX Series. Article

Online Video News
> Ellation, an OTT video company whose major funding comes from Otter Media -- the joint venture of AT&T and The Chernin Group -- is launching a new multichannel video platform targeted straight at millennials. Article

Wireless News
> Artificial intelligence might eventually be the key not just to smartphones but to all connected things, according to Android co-founder Andy Rubin. And a single AI may power them all. Article

> The OTT video company Ellation announced a new multichannel video platform in a move that could pave the way for AT&T to expand its media offerings. Article

And finally … Legal experts say that the chance of the net neutrality dispute even making it to the Supreme Court are slim to none, and given the current makeup of the court, an ISP win may be even less likely. Bloomberg article