BT Openreach abandons proposals to deal with customers directly; NEC realigns top management ranks

Wireline news from across the Web:

> AT&T Services U-verse platform will carry Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV, ES.TV, MyDestination.TV, Cars TV, Pets TV and will continue to carry "Justice Central." Release

> Sunit Patel, executive vice president and CFO of Level 3 Communications will present at the Citi 2016 Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Jan. 7 in Las Vegas. Release

> CenturyLink plans to release its fourth quarter 2015 earnings results after the market closes on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and host a related conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET that day. Release

> Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has laid out the company's three-tiered strategy, including how a potential purchase of Yahoo would fit into those plans. Business Insider article

> BT will pull back from proposals to allow its Openreach wholesale subsidiary to deal directly with consumers about complaints, faults and delays, after having consulted with ISPs that use the national network. Financial Times article

> NEC has announced executive personnel changes, which were approved by the company's board of directors and are effective April 1, 2016. Telecompaper article

> Equinix announced that Steve Smith, president and CEO, will present at the Citi 2016 Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. PT at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Release

> Aflac is joining a growing group of health insurance companies that cover telemedicine services, having partnered with MeMD, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based telehealth company. Workforce article

Cable News
> Viacom has asked its shareholders to buck an unsolicited "mini-tender" offer from Canadian investment firm TRC Capital. Article

> Comcast-TWC deal gets shot down, but consolidation only accelerates - Year in Review. Article

Installer News                         
> Wireless operators may still be in the early stages of their small cell strategies, but as they accelerate their plans it could be a boom for wireless backhaul equipment and wholesale providers. Article

Online Video News
> Online video creators hunting for stock nature footage to add to their production, rejoice: VideoBlocks is adding royalty-free stock video from Discovery Channel's library of unused footage to its Marketplace section. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon is offering to pay the early termination of fees (ETFs) of users who switch to the carrier, a possible indication that similar efforts by Verizon's competitors may be eating into its subscriber base. Article

> The FCC issued its annual report on the state of competition in the U.S. wireless industry, and once again the commission declined to come to a conclusion, as Broadcasting & Cable reported. Article

And finally … Ten data center predictions for 2016 from @dcdnews and @RonVokoun. Datacenter Analytics article