Cloud services will require a new set of SLA metrics; Texas' telehealth goals held up by legal dispute

Wireline news from across the web:

@FierceTelecom RT @CumulusGlobal: As cloud arrives on Main Street, we need a new set of metrics for cloud SLAs. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> The cable industry is going on the offensive against net neutrality and the FCC's proposed 25 Mbps definition of broadband. Article

> Birch Communications announced it will participate in ITEXPO, Jan. 27-30, at booth #938 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla. Release

> Texas' telehealth ambitions could be curbed by a legal dispute between the state's medical officials and one of the nation's largest telehealth providers. Article

Cable News
> Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called a top Obama aide late last year in an unsuccessful attempt to dissuade the president from endorsing strident Title II-based Internet regulation. Article

> Dish Network made its new over-the-top streaming service, Sling TV, available for select tech bloggers and media journalists last week, who seemed to arrive at rather unified conclusions: The technology works great, but the programming is not going to appeal to millennial-aged consumers. Article

Online Video News
> The Emmy committee may not have been so friendly to Netflix's highly nominated original series Orange Is The New Black, but the Screen Actors Guild was much more generous, honoring the SVOD-only show with two of its bigger awards on Sunday night. Article

Wireless News
> Qualcomm is the dominant smartphone chipset supplier around the world and in the U.S. market, but MediaTek hopes to change that, especially as average selling prices for phones continue to drop. Article

> Google's rumored MVNO service with Sprint and T-Mobile US would hunt for the best available cellular or Wi-Fi signal to route voice, text message and data traffic, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Article

And finally… John Shepler @Telexplainer: Owning or leasing dark fiber assets gives you control of available bandwidth for demanding applications. Article