AT&T pledges to work with municipalities on 1 Gbps expansion; UL launches IoT cybersecurity program

Wireline news from across the Web:

> AT&T says it will work with more municipalities to support the expansion of gigabit broadband access and fulfill its commitment to the FCC to increase its fiber footprint. Light Reading article

> UL has initiated a Cybersecurity Assurance Program to test and certify Internet of Things products for buyers and vendors. Computerworld article 

> Veriflow is developing a mathematical model for verifying the security of computer networks. The startup recently announced $2.9 million in seed funding to develop and market its technology. Network World article

Cable News
> One day after Comcast sent a note asking the FCC to ignore Byron Allen and his diversity complaints, the African-American media mogul issued a fiery statement, saying, "The real issue here is these racist white executives are not used to an African American man holding them accountable. Article

> The job of residential cable installer isn't without risks, as two Time Warner Cable technicians recently found out in Austin, Texas. Article

Online Video News
> New over-the-top player Verizon has purchased a 24.5 percent stake in AwesomenessTV, a youth-focused digital media company that branched out from its original roots as a YouTube multichannel network. Article

Wireless News
> ZTE ratcheted down its 2015 net profit Wednesday due to the sanctions the U.S. imposed for allegedly violating governmental export controls on Iran. Article

> VoLTE accounts for "well over half" of all calls on T-Mobile's network, the carrier said, supporting more than 300 million calls a day from 27 million users on 40 models of supporting handsets. Article

And finally … 30 yrs ago, only 3% of people were on the Internet, "and they were only on an hour a week" - @SteveCase, on waves of innovation