AT&T to deliver broadband to 133K rural Mississippi homes, businesses; FCC's Wheeler names Weiner as wireline legal adviser

Wireline news from across the web:

> AT&T will leverage CAF-II funds to deliver broadband service to an additional 133,000 rural homes and businesses in Mississippi. Release

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has named Stephanie Weiner as his new senior wireline legal adviser. Broadcasting & Cable article

> Windstream announced the Smart Tomorrow Start-up Challenge, a $40,000 entrepreneurship contest for high school students in Lincoln, NE, Lexington, KY and Sugar Land. Release

> Florida Atlantic University's Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE) is using Telit's deviceWISE IoT Platform to assist in the university's research projects and technology solutions for the Internet of Things. eCampusNews article

> ViaSat is now licensing its digital signal processing (DSP) and forward error correction (FEC) cores for 100G optical transport. Release

Cable News
> The American Cable Association has criticized the National Association of Broadcasters for what the cable lobbying org says is the incorrect description of its position on privately negotiated exclusivity arrangements between broadcasters and cable operators. Article

> Dish Network has rolled out the first major upgrades to its Sling TV user interface, with Xbox One users receiving an updated player app this week. Article

Online Video News
> As Netflix moves forward with its focus on more original series, a new study by Ampere Analysis predicts that the SVOD provider will up its spending to $6 billion before 2018 as it tracks toward a library offering 50 percent original content. Article

Wireless News
> Marvell said it is going to undertake a "significant restructuring" of its mobile chipset unit and indicated it is going to get out of the smartphone and tablet processor business. Article

> Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said the carrier could be stronger if it merged with a cable company, but added the company is not engaged in any merger discussions. Article

And finally@Telexplainer: How the popular T1 and E1 line technologies compare for bandwidth service worldwide. Affordable VPN article