CenturyLink to participate in Oppenheimer conference; Facebook to open fifth data center in Fort Worth, Texas

Wireline news from across the web:

> CenturyLink will participate in the Oppenheimer 18th Annual Technology Internet and Communications Conference on Aug. 12 at 10:25 ET. Release

> Facebook will open a fifth data center in Fort Worth, Texas. Northern Californian article

> Digium released its latest version of the award-winning cloud-based Unified Communications service, Switchvox Cloud 6.0, now available with a new low-cost metered option. Release

> Rochester will host a $600 million integrated photonics center. Photonics article

Cable News
> Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger said his company's highly profitable ESPN unit will eventually go a la carte as pay-TV's bundling infrastructure gives way. Article

> Comcast and Discovery Communications announced a multi-year renewal of their just-expired carriage agreement, ending Wall Street fears that talks between the two companies could degenerate into a blackout. Article

Wireless News
> Crown Castle offered a positive outlook on the U.S. tower industry, with CEO Ben Moreland predicting that "over the next several years, we believe that the current level of investment by U.S. wireless carriers will be sustained." Article

> Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes said that there is strong pressure in the industry to have "5G" network products ready as soon as possible. Article

And finally@chairmanpowell: How a little known agency mishandled several billion dollars trying to expand broadband coverage to rural communities. Article