Birch introduces call monitoring, recording for TotalCloud PBX; NSF network to connect West Coast research labs

Wireline news from across the web: 

> Birch introduced call monitoring and recording to its TotalCloud PBX feature portfolio. Release

> Service providers for telecom operators in Brazil have dismissed 450,000 employees since the beginning of the year. Telecompaper article

> The National Science Foundation is funding the development of an Internet superhighway connecting research labs along the West Coast that rely on supercomputers for the study of fields including physics, astronomy and genetics. New York Times article

> Obama is looking to accelerate #HPC innovation in the country's high-performance computing market. eWeek article

Cable News
> With linear TV ratings dropping another 9 percent in the second quarter, major cable networks now appear to be stuffing as many as 10 percent more commercials into every hour of programming to sustain their margins. Article

> NBCUniversal confirmed to FierceCable that it will not run advertisements for Dish Network's OTT Sling TV service on its owned and operated stations in San Francisco, San Diego, New York and Washington, D.C. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US forged a $173 million deal to transfer a slew of AWS-1 and PCS spectrum licenses between them in various markets across the country. Article

> AT&T Mobility's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand said that as of yesterday it is offering unlimited voice and SMS messaging to and from Mexico. Article

And finally … @BroadbandIowa: A critical piece is missing in Baltimore's rejuvenation: #broadband Internet. The Baltimore Sun article