CenturyLink named company of year by Indiana Telecom Assn.; Herring Networks boss backs AT&T-DirecTV deal

Wireline news from across the web.

> CenturyLink, Indiana's third-largest telecommunications company with 144,000 access lines and about 360 employees in 100 communities across Indiana, was named the 2014 Company of the Year by the Indiana Telecommunications Association. Story

> Herring Networks (AWE and One America News Network) President Charles Herring has thrown his support behind AT&T's move to acquire DirecTV. Story

> Huntington, W.Va., police were investigating the break-in of an AT&T store after someone allegedly cut the power and phone lines to the store in the early morning hours of July 6. Story

> Bouygues Telecom will use Astellia's Nova suite to complete its network quality of service monitoring system. Story

> Huawei will provide fixed and wireless communications to support applications including telephony, SCADA, fare collection and IP-based video surveillance for the Addis Abeba light rail project in Ethiopia. Story

> Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom plans to add 600,000 100 Mbps subscribers this year with 35 percent of new sign-ups connected via FTTH. Story

Cable News
> The leading online-based, subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu Plus, are retreating from licensing movie content but loading up on TV show rights, according to a report issued last week by Piper Jaffrey analyst Michael Olsen. Article

Wireless News
> T-Mobile US CEO John Legere fired back at the Federal Trade Commission, accusing the agency of "sensationalizing" a lawsuit it filed against the carrier charging customers hundreds of millions of dollars for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, customers never authorized. Article

And finally… Mumbai-based Reliance Communication (RCom) plans to cut its workforce by up to 5,500 employees as it works to trim its debt. Story