Brazil to build fiber network to bring broadband to the Amazon region; NCTA says most consumers don't need 25 Mbps

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> Brazil has developed a plan to build an underwater fiber network in the northern Amazon to bring broadband to the region. Article

> BT Ireland is going to make a bid on a contract to bring broadband services to rural parts of the country. Article

> nuPSYS has announced a new partnership with Cisco on its next generation network design products, Cisco Modeling Labs (CML). Release

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> It's just a regional snapshot, but the latest news out of the Better Business Bureau in Charlotte, N.C., isn't going to burnish the fractured customer service reputation of Time Warner Cable. Article

> AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says AT&T is currently reviewing a major branding change for DirecTV, as federal regulators finish off their own review of the telco's purchase of the pay-TV operator. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T's disclosure that it entered into credit agreements worth more than $11 billion has prompted some financial analysts to think that the company may wind up buying more airwaves at the AWS-3 spectrum auction than Verizon Wireless, spending anywhere from $20 billion to $22 billion at the auction. Article

> Space Data is looking to monetize its Narrowband PCS (NPCS) spectrum licenses to get funds to launch LTE service in remote areas of Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico. Article

And finally… The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) told the FCC that most consumers don't need speeds of 25 Mbps. Article

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