CenturyLink CEO wants Congress to preserve tax law provision for broadband builds; ADVA acquires mic AG's engineering division

Wireline news from across the Web:

> CenturyLink CEO Glen Post wants Congress to preserve a provision in the tax law that he says helped the company invest in broadband buildouts and upgrades, which is just what the Obama Administration, the FCC and Congress are all trying to encourage. Broadcasting&Cable article

> ADVA Optical Networking has acquired an engineering division from technology incubator mic AG, giving it new team members to develop optical monitoring solutions. Release

> CenturyLink will participate in the UBS 43rd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference on Monday, Dec. 7 at 1:45 ET. Release

> Vodafone Ireland is launching its "LightSpeed" fiber-based broadband service, enabling consumers in Carrigaline to access download speeds of up to 1Gbps. TeleGeography article

> Oscar van Hauske Solis, COO of America Movil, has stepped down from the KPN supervisory board. Telecompaper article

Cable News
> Verizon is releasing an upgraded mobile app that enables streaming of all DVR content outside the home, reports media tech blogger David Zatz. Article

> A steep drop in subscribers over the last two years has resulted in a $900 million annual hit to ESPN's bottom line. Article

Installer News
> Do a Google search with the basic term "pay-TV installer" and you'll get a veritable rap sheet of recent crime reports by pay-TV customers involving installation contractors. Article

Online Video News
> Motor Trend, a brand targeted at auto enthusiasts, stands as the latest effort to jump into the SVOD world with its new OnDemand service. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T is reportedly using equipment from Australia's NetComm Wireless and services from Ericsson for its fixed wireless local loop (WLL) technology tests. Article

> Nikesh Arora, the former Google executive who is now president of SoftBank, said that he's not worried about the continued concerns over the future Sprint, of which SoftBank is the majority owner. Article

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