Calix signs 10 new municipal providers; Philippines government to roll out free Wi-Fi services

Wireline news from across the web:

> Ten U.S. municipalities launched fiber networks using Calix equipment. Release

> The government of the Philippines has set out its stall to roll out free Wi-Fi services to at least half of all towns and cities by end-2015, rising to full coverage by end-2016. TeleGeography article

> Does the tumble in broadband investment spell doom for the FCC's Open Internet order? Forbes article

> Liquid Telecom has become the first Pan-African fiber operator to receive the MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) services certification. Telecompaper article

Cable News
> Amazon has paid a reported $500 million to acquire Elemental Technologies, a Portland, Ore. provider of over-the-top video services to pay-TV operators and other companies involved in multiscreen distribution. Article

> DirecTV has settled its end of a complicated series of lawsuits involving Qatari-backed news channel Al Jazeera America. Article

Installer News
> Kathrein is rolling out a new 8-port LTE antenna that it hopes will future-proof networks and save wireless carriers time and money by combining multiple future-looking spectrum bands into one antenna solution. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint announced it will sell the new BB-8 App-Enabled Droid, a toy based on a character from the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, in its stores -- including its new RadioShack stores -- and online. Article

> According to a new report in The Information, Google is poised to return to China with a new version of its Android smartphone app store as well as Android Wear software for wearable devices there. Article

And finally … Four new types of stealthy #cyber attacks that target power companies. Power Magazine article