Cogent's CEO Schaeffer will present at the Drexel Hamilton event; Adtran unveils new ONTs for MDUs

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> Cogent's CEO Dave Schaeffer will present at the Drexel Hamilton Telecom, Media and Technology Conference at 9:40 a.m. EDT, Sept. 3. Release

> Comtech Telecommunications Corp said on Monday it is exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible merger or sale of the company, reports Reuters. Article

> MTS Belarus has expanded its Ethernet network to more residential areas in the capital Minsk and other regional centers and announced it has reduced Internet tariffs. Article

> ADTRAN has unveiled an expanded offering of Multiple Dwelling Units (MDU) Optical Network Terminals (ONT) for its broadband portfolio. Release

Cable News
> A long-anticipated round of major staff cuts at Turner Networks appears to be at hand, with Broadcasting & Cable reporting that the programming giant is about to tender buyout offers to around 500 senior staff members across its various channels. Article

> With its recent all-digital conversion in the region completed, Charter Communications has expanded the rollout of its Spectrum service to its Southern California subscribers. Article

Wireless News
> Gov. Jerry Brown of California (D-Calif.) signed into law a bill that requires smartphones sold in California to have "kill switch" technology that consumers could use to remotely deactivate phones and render stolen devices useless to thieves. Article

> BlackBerry has been saying quite a lot about its forthcoming square smartphone called the Passport, but has been more circumspect about the other smartphones in its pipeline. Article

And finally… Prodip Sen, CTO, Network Functions Virtualization for Hewlett-Packard: NFV ISG has succeeded beyond our original hope. Article