CenturyLink to exchange $500M of senior notes; Google says accidental 911 calls are rising

Wireline news from across the web:

> CenturyLink has extended an offer to exchange up to $500 million in aggregate principal amount of its 5.625 percent senior notes, Series X, due in 2025. Release

> A dozen organizations are lobbying the Senate Finance Committee to support remote patient monitoring and telemedicine by expanding Medicare reimbursement for use of the technology. mHealthNews article

> Birch Communications has launched a new Sales Technology and Enablement Team (ST&E) within the company's sales engineering organization. Release

> The number of 911 "butt dials" or accidental 911 calls is becoming a huge concern for emergency services, according to a new Google report. Tech Times article

Cable News
> Dish Network is facing the end of an eight-day extension with TV broadcast group Tegna and could see 47 network affiliates blacked out on its program guide Friday night if a retransmission renewal agreement, or another extension, can't be hammered out. Article

> DirecTV says it's taking a "first jab" into the area of virtual reality, launching a smartphone app that lets customers see highlights from the June 27 BKB fight event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Article

Online Video News
> Disney-owned television network ABC Family is changing its name to "Freeform" in January, a move it says will better reflect its content offerings and its audience's multiscreen viewing behaviors. Article

Wireless News
> Just days after receiving what it said was a crucial FCC waiver, AT&T launched Wi-Fi calling on Apple's iPhones. Article

> AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US struck a deal to swap 1900 MHz PCS and AWS-1 spectrum licenses in various markets across the country. Article

And finally …. ICANN, which oversees the Internet domain system, has launched a campaign to gain control of the Internet from the U.S. government. The Register article

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