BT to extend fiber-based broadband to additional 8,000 homes, businesses; Idaho approves $4.8M for high school broadband program

Wireline news from across the web:

@FierceTelecom RT @ Evan Kirstel: ISPs won't be laughing at Google Fiber for much longer. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> BT, Hampshire County Council will extend fiber-based broadband services to an additional 8,000 homes and businesses. Article (sub. req.)

> AT&T's Senior Vice President of Global Public Policy Len Cali gives his take on the continuing evolution of the global Internet. Article

> Idaho approves $4.8M to fund the state's high school broadband network program. Article

Cable News
> Liberty Media Chairman John Malone said he hopes to fuel the expansion of Charter Communications with the creation of a Liberty Broadband Group tracking stock and a decision to drop Liberty's plan to take full ownership of SiriusXM. Article

> Viacom included a pitch for the interactive kids' channel it plans to launch this spring in Verizon FiOS TV homes during its upfront presentation for advertisers in New York on Thursday. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint launched a new no-contract offering dubbed "Sprint Prepaid," a brand that will stand apart from Sprint's existing Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands. Article

> T-Mobile US is taking on Verizon Wireless in terms of advertising and an LTE network expansion, arguing that Verizon's ads on network coverage are misleading. Article

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