Baltimore mulls broadband network options; Broadcom releases VDSL2, G.fast bonding support

Wireline news from across the web:

> Baltimore mulls how it can become a gigabit broadband city. The Baltimore Sun article

> Hughes Network System has been awarded a contract by the Florida Army National Guard to provide a managed broadband network across select Florida National Guard locations. Release

> NGN, a member-owned cooperative operating over 1,600 miles of fiber optic infrastructure in North Georgia, announced that President and CEO Paul Belk has been named the president of Fiber Network Owners Alliance (FNA). Release

> Telecom Italia and Metroweb begin talks about jointly building a FTTH network.  Capacity Magazine article

> Broadcom Corporation announced VDSL2 35b and G.fast bonding support for two new protocols under development in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Release

Cable News
> Media conglomerates including 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal, A+E Networks and Turner Networks have reluctantly agreed to supply programming to a new $10-a-month subscription service being launched by YouTube. Article

> Mediacom said it has completed its direct fiber connection to Netflix, offering its customers improved broadband performance for the top streaming video service. Article

Installer News
> Comcast has introduced a high-end, rack-mountable version of its X1 set-top box targeted to home theater installers. Article

Online Video News
> Social media may boost TV shows that score weak on traditional TV ratings. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility customers with Android phones are vulnerable to security and privacy breaches when using Voice over LTE, according to an advisory posted by security researchers. Article

> Intel has at least 1,000 employees working with Apple to get Intel's 7360 LTE modem chipset into Apple's 2016 iPhones, according to a VentureBeat report. Article

And finally … By 2016, the average number of regular telecommuters is expected to total 4.9 million. Windstream post

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