Brazil's broadband connections rose 8% in 2014; AT&T names Paduchik as senior director of Legislative Affairs for Ohio

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> Brazil's broadband connections rose 8 percent in 2014 to 23.9 million, according to a new Anatel report. Article

> Alaska Communications has completed the sale of its wireless subscriber base and its one-third interest in the Alaska Wireless Network to GCI for $300 million. Release

> AT&T named Jason Paduchik as senior director of Legislative Affairs for Ohio, succeeding Rob Reynolds, who relocated with AT&T to Kansas in 2014. Release       

Cable News
> FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai sharply criticized rules that allowed Dish Network to claim more than $3 billion in discounts aimed at small businesses during the government's just completed AWS-3 wireless spectrum auction. Article

> As Comcast deals with yet another viral crisis stemming from customer service reps mutilating subscriber names in the company's billing system, the cable conglomerate's former customer care guru, Frank Eliason, penned an open letter urging his ex-employer to shape up. Article

Wireless News
> Thanks to its $18.2 billion in new AWS-3 spectrum, AT&T Mobility has caught up to Verizon Wireless in spectrum ownership in major markets, according to analysts. Article

> Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless said it will expand LTE service to 81,000 of its wireless customers in Roanoke, Va., and Charleston, W.Va. Article

And finally… Equinix says a new type of uber-cloud provider will arise. Article