Consumers uninterested in smart home technology, says PwC research; AT&T invests $60M in Ann Arbor networks

Wireline news from across the web:

> Consumers don't seem to be interested in smart home technology, according to a survey of more than 2,000 people by PwC. City A.M. article

> Puerto Rico's internet penetration has remained at last year's level, with 70 percent of the population aged 12 years and older connected, according to a new digital and mobile usage study. Telecompaper article

> AT&T invested over $60 million in Ann Arbor wireless and wired networks between 2013 and 2015. Release

> Qualcomm's Atheros business has introduced GigaDSL chips that enable broadband operators to move from VDSL technology to faster wired Gigabit access technologies. Venture Beat article

> New Zealand wholesale provider Chorus awarded a three-year contract extension to Nokia under which the vendor will deploy its broadband access, IP routing and optical transport solutions. TeleGeography article

Cable News
> While Viacom's top executives wage a bitter battle for control of the company, its linear ratings, ad sales and stock price are all struggling and it continues to be shut out from several mid-sized cable systems. Despite this, Viacom carriage with top pay-TV operators remains assured. Article

> With about 39,000 Verizon workers represented by the CWA and IBEW still on strike across 10 states, the upcoming U.S. jobs report for May could take a downturn. Article

Wireless News
> An effort to propose a law creating a "back door" enabling law-enforcement agencies to access data on encrypted devices is dead, according to Reuters. Article

> A federal jury found that Google's use of Oracle's Java programming language in Android didn't violate copyright law, claiming the fair use doctrine enabled Google to build compatible software without obtaining a license. Article

And finally … The National Cable & Telecommunications Association, CTIA and USTelecom say in a joint paper that the FCC's proposed privacy rules would "violate the First Amendment." Broadcasting & Cable article


Like this story? Subscribe to FierceTelecom!

The Telecom industry is an ever-changing world where big ideas come along daily. Our subscribers rely on FierceTelecom as their must-read source for the latest news, analysis and data on the intersection of telecom and media. Sign up today to get telecom news and updates delivered to your inbox and read on the go.