Cloud can serve as a viable disaster recovery option for businesses; MiCTA seeks contractors to build rural-area fiber networks

Wireline news from across the web:

@FierceTelecom RT @ Telexplainer: How at least a minimal cloud presence can protect your interests from catastrophe. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> Austria's A1 has launched an Internet initiative called Internet fur Alle (Internet for everyone), which will offer Internet workshops for school children, parents, Internet newcomers and elderly people, free of charge from Oct. 20 to 24.  Article (sub. req.)

> Telecom Namibia is constructing a fiber network to connect central government to the administrative capitals of all 14 regions in the country, its MD Frans Ndoroma told the Windhoek ICT For Development summit. Article

> MiCTA, a non-profit organization representing healthcare and educational institutions, is looking for contractors that can build wide area fiber networks for institutions in rural areas that don't have broadband connectivity. Article

Cable News
> It's the unicorn of the tech world--an Apple product that transforms the television business. And according to tech analysts and investors, the Cupertino, Calif., manufacturer may finally be close to having it baked. Article

> Investors are becoming concerned about the regulatory climate being faced by Comcast and Time Warner Cable as they attempt to close a $45 billion merger. Article

Online Video News
> Players in the online video space that want to make serious money need to focus on two key areas: creating or distributing premium video content, and making it easy for viewers to find that content. Article

Wireless News
> French Internet and mobile firm Iliad said it has discontinued its pursuit of T-Mobile US, arguing that Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile "refused to entertain" its offer to acquire T-Mobile. Article

> GT Advanced Technologies, a sapphire manufacturer that had a deal with Apple and filed for bankruptcy last week, said it will cut 890 jobs and shutter factories in Arizona and Massachusetts. Article

And finally… @sandy carter:  YouTube reaches more 18 to 34 than any single cable TV network. Millennials say it is the top place to watch content.