Bell Aliant's FibreOP rebrands under Fibe banner; Verizon to charge FiOS customers a router maintenance charge

Wireline news from across the web:

> BCE has rebranded Bell Aliant's "FibreOP" FTTH services under Bell Canada's preferred "Fibe" banner. TeleGeography article

> Verizon is going to start charging FiOS customers with older routers a new "Router Maintenance Charge." DSL Reports article

> SaskTel plans to enhance its High Speed Fusion Internet network in a number of rural areas in the Saskatchewan province. Release

> TalkTalk's FTTH build in York has now passed nearly 11,000 homes to date, with penetration reaching around 12 percent of the city less than four months after being launched. TeleGeography article

> Level 3 Communications has been selected by the Democratic National Convention Committee to serve as an Official Video Transport Services Provider for the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia. Release

Cable News
> As Fox News chief Roger Ailes negotiates terms of his exit with 21st Century Fox, his imminent departure threatens to not only shake up conservative politics, for which he has long served as a leading influencer, but cable news as well. Article

> Addressing the concerns expressed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) over his "Unlock the Box" proposal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in letters to two the lawmakers that his NPRM will exempt smaller analog cable systems. Article

Installer News
> Verizon said that NG-PON2, the next generation of PON technology, will make the installation process for fiber-to-the-premises in residences and businesses more efficient. Article

Online Video News
> Sinclair Broadcast Group is deploying Burst, a mobile-first online video platform, to more than 50 markets where Sinclair owns television stations. Article

Wireless News
> Perhaps no single factor paves the way for disruption in business as effectively as technology does, and nowhere is that more evident than in wireless. Article

> Oppenheimer & Co. reportedly downgraded shares of Verizon over uncertainty about a possible acquisition of Yahoo, among other factors. Article

And finally … Brookings says the FCC's new net neutrality rules fail to rectify existing inequalities between urban and rural communities. Brookings article


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