CenturyLink teams with Nxtra Data to provide hosting, IT services in India; Maryland Legal Aid deploys EarthLink's hosted contact center

Wireline news from across the web:

> The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a June 15 markup for the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act of 2015, a version of a House bill exempting smaller broadband providers from the enhanced transparency requirements of the FCC's Open Internet rules. Broadcasting & Cable article

> CenturyLink and Nxtra Data Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, announced an exclusive business partnership to provide advanced hosting and managed IT services to enterprises in India. Release

> The American Medical Association's House of Delegates will begin debate this weekend on guidelines that define "the ethical practice of telemedicine." mHealthIntelligence article

> Residential, business and wireless customers with numbers from the existing 631 telephone area code serving Suffolk County, New York, should be prepared for the introduction of mandatory 10-digit dialing on June 18, 2016, and the introduction of the new 934 area code on July 16, 2016. Release

> Ericsson's Italian subsidiary is preparing to lay off 332 workers this year as part of its restructuring process. Telecompaper article

> Maryland Legal Aid has deployed EarthLink's hosted contact center solution as part of its Joining Forces Project, which provides legal advice to veterans. Release

> Virgin Media has announced that Wrexham and Chester are the next two UK cities in line for fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband deployment, as part of its $4.27 billion "Project Lightning" network expansion. TeleGeography article

Cable News
> Time Warner Cable, an aggressive blocker of utility pole access in markets like Louisville, Kentucky, is suing electric utility cooperatives in North Carolina, claiming it's the one getting bullied on pole access this time around. Article

> The ACA and NTCA have filed petitions for reconsideration to the FCC, second-guessing the agency's decision to require Charter Communications to overbuild its broadband footprint in rural markets as a condition of the Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network takeovers. Article

Installer News
> AT&T is putting up a $60,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person (or persons) responsible for a killing a technician in Waco, Texas while he was on the job on April 22. Article

Online Video News
> Add DVEO to the list of vendors looking to improve the quality of IP-based video: the company has been awarded a patent for an algorithm that automatically corrects for UDP packet loss when a file is being streamed over a less-reliable network such as the public internet or, more importantly to the developing online video world, wireless networks. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon signaled its intention to expand into media in a big way last year with its $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, which included properties such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch. Article

> More than 8 billion devices were connected to the web by the end of 2015, according to fresh data from IHS, averaging four devices per household around the world. And Netflix has a presence on many of them. Article

And finally … Level 3 says SDN will change your job, not kill it. telecomasia.net article