AT&T invests $575M in its Kansas City area network; Spanish FTTH connections rise to 3.6M

Wireline news from across the web:

> AT&T invested more than $675 million over a three-year period to enhance local networks in the Kansas City area. Release

> Verizon Communications has upgraded its FiOS TV mobile app, adding voice-activation functionality to its video search engine on Android and iOS devices. Multichannel News article

> Spain's FTTH connections rose by a further 159,316 to reach 3.6 million, according to the latest data released by the country's telecom regulator CNMC. Telecompaper article

> At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler responded to senators critical of the agency's proposed privacy rules for broadband providers. The Hill article 

> Global telecommunications services provider Hibernia Networks announced that Transtelco has selected Hibernia Networks to provide additional capacity for their IP backbone. Release

Cable News
> While the FCC outlined a range of conditions to make more palatable what it described as a cable merger that was "harmful to the public interest," one influential figure seems to have escaped scrutiny in the agency's scathing approval of "New Charter." Article

> Following six years of litigation in which class-actioners successfully sued Cablevision over their anti-trust claim that the MSO restricts them from using cheaper third-party set-top boxes, the payouts have finally begun. Article

Installer News
> Outfront Media has announced a new deal that will see Sigfox installing its dedicated IoT network equipment on Outfront's outdoor advertising assets as part of Sigfox's plans to expand its network across the top 100 U.S. metro markets. Article

Online Video News
> AdWorks, AT&T's advanced advertising services unit, said that a recent trial of addressable advertising across viewing screens and devices, conducted with Opera Mediaworks, resulted in a boost in sales for various advertisers ranging between 19 percent and 87 percent. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon today said it will double the amount of data available on some of its prepaid plans, and will also offer unlimited calling to Mexico and Canada. Article

> The FCC approved Charter Communications' blockbuster acquisition of fellow cable operators Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks this week, and in its lengthy filing approving the deal the agency acknowledged that the companies may well pursue some kind of wireless strategy, including possibly launching an MVNO service. Article

And finally …Kansas City officials say Google Fiber is available to 210,000 households, or roughly 80 percent of its population. Recode article