Backhaul drive could drive down indie FTTH costs; Lithuania telco offers 300 Mbps service for $35 a month

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Independent telco fiber-based backhaul drive could help defray FTTH (Fiber to the Home) costs. Article

> Brian Mefford, CEO of Connected Nation will speak about broadband challenges at this year's TIA 2011: Inside the Network conference in Dallas, Texas. Release

> Unite Private Networks (UPN) won a 10-year contract to provide fiber-based data services to Sheridan County School District #2 in Sheridan, Wyo. Release

> Sprint will provide financial and techical support for customers affected by the tornado outbreak in Alabama. Release

> Calix CEO Carl Russo will present at the Jefferies Global Technology, Internet, Media and Telecom Conference on Wednesday, May 11. Release

> Swisscom's investment in Fastweb SpA drove down the service provider's revenue 3.1 percent, but the telco is confident that it will help revive growth in 2012. Article

And finally ... TEO LT, Lithuania's major service provider is offering something U.S.-based carriers could only dream of: a 300 Mbps FTTH service for $35 a month. Article