Consolidated Electric breaks ground on middle mile project; Eircom shareholders shelve takeover plans

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> Ohio-based Consolidated Electric Cooperative put ADTRAN to work in its new 166-mile middle mile network build. Article

> Eircom's two main shareholders, Singapore Technologies Telemedia (STT) and the company's employee shareholder trust (ESOT), have decided to shelve plans to take over the company due to economic uncertainty in Europe. Article

> Carrier IQ said its network diagnostic tool, which is installed on millions of smartphones, is not collecting consumer information. Article

> A new Pew Research Center Internet & American Life Project survey revealed that more Americans are using the Web as a diversion. Report

> Comcast Corp.'s Michael J. Angelakis and Neil Smit will participate in the 39th Annual UBS Global Media & Communications Conference in New York City today. Release

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