Cities demand 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband; AT&T taps Brian Ducharme to lead Ohio market

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@FierceTelecom RT @evankirstel: Fed up with slow and pricey Internet, cities start demanding gigabit fiber. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> A redacted Welsh broadband contract reveals that 40 percent of residents and businesses would get 100 Mbps, reports thinkbroadband. Article

> AT&T named 25-year telecom industry veteran Brian Ducharme as its new VP and General Manager in Ohio. Release

> Ninety percent of all data in the world has been generated over the last two years, which is causing CIOs to be the kings of cloud storage. Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications is close to securing bank loans and cash from "sovereign wealth funds and wealthy individuals" to finance a merger with Time Warner Cable, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday. Article

> Midcontinent Communications said it struck a deal with Comporium which will allow it to offer subscribers home automation, security and monitoring services. Article

Wireless News

> The FCC said that its mobile speed test application for Android devices has been installed more than 30,000 times so far and has generated around 40,000 collections of the full suite of mobile broadband speed measurements. Article

> Chip giant Qualcomm is planning a small number of layoffs, but the precise number is not known, according to a GigaOM report. Article

And finally … Ken Allen, EY global information security leader: "Cybercrime is the greatest threat for organizations' survival today." Article