AT&T's cloud transition will help reign in hardware costs; Frontier names Jeffries, Maydak to new positions

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@FierceTelecom RT ‏@ pacnet: "Enterprise customers are demanding more flexibility from their providers" says Jim Fagan, president, managed services at PacnetArticle | Follow @FierceTelecom

> AT&T's cloud transition could help it save money on hardware. Article

> Dimension Data announced that David Danto, principal consultant for unified communications and collaboration, has been selected as an adjunct faculty instructor for InfoComm University. Release

> Frontier has named Mark Jeffries as vice president and general manager for Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada and Frank Maydak as vice president and general manager based in Wisconsin. Article

Cable News
> One of the pay-TV industry's linchpin programmers, Sony Pictures, rendered its most aggressive response yet to an unprecedented three-week-old network hacking crisis. Article

> Putting closure to an $875 million class action suit filed against Comcast 11 years ago, a Philadelphia federal judge approved a settlement that involves a cash payment of around $16.7 million and some free VOD movies for involved customers. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless is partnering with wireless encryption firm Cellcrypt to create a new service called Voice Cypher that will offer enterprise and government users end-to-end encryption for voice calls on iOS, Android or BlackBerry devices with a specialized application. Article

> The FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction is crawling along toward its conclusion, with total provisional winning bids now topping $43.7 billion. There are also signs that the auction will end shortly. Article

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