Australia's nbn launches fiber-to-the-node product; Obama administration eases telecom investment restrictions in Cuba

Wireline news from across the web: 

> nbn, the company overseeing Australia's National Broadband Network project, announced what it called "another big step towards [its] goal of connecting eight million premises to the network by 2020" with the launch of its fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) product. TeleGeography article

> Windstream's board of directors has adopted a shareholder rights plan designed to protect the company's valuable net operating loss carryforwards from the effect of limitations under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code. Release

> In a letter to the Financial Times, a group of telecom and media companies, including TalkTalk, Sky and Vodafone, along with the Institute of Directors, have banded together to denounce the quality of the nation's broadband services. Financial Times article

> The Obama administration announced changes to loosen telecom investment restrictions on Cuba. Globe and Mail article

Cable News
> The latest Charter Communications TV spot, which showcases "Satellite TV" as an aging spaceship captained by a goofy former Saturday Night Live comedian Kevin Nealon, humorously illustrates the cable industry's response to satellite TV. Article

> Facing new regulations on broadband and declining fortunes in video, the U.S. cable industry could use the fresh European perspective of Patrick Drahi, said Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman. Article

Installer News
> AT&T has two ambitious missions in front of it: bring 1 Gbps FTTH service to an additional 12.5 million homes per its agreement with the FCC to get its DirecTV deal approved; and scaling its satellite TV service. But it faces the lingering question of how it will meet these goals. Article

Wireless News
> Dish Network's designated entity partners, in which Dish holds an 85 percent economic stake, received an extension from the FCC to pay the $3.33 billion they owe for their AWS-3 spectrum licenses. Article

> Sprint added 33 destinations, mainly islands in the Caribbean but also France, where customers can get free texting and low rates on calls and data under its "Open World" program. Article

And finally … A basic fixed #broadband subscription costs less than 5 percent of average GNI pc in 111 (67 developing) countries. Broadband Commission report