Copper cut knocks out Verizon service in Alexandria, Va.; Chilean Internet users grow

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> Verizon customers in part of Alexandria, Va., could be without phone or Internet service after a non-Verizon contractor taking soil samples cut two underground copper cables. Story

> Sixty-six percent of Chileans have a permanent or fixed connection to the Internet and if things continue along that path, 70 percent will have a permanent Internet connection by the end of this year, a survey prepared by the Telecommunications Sub-secretariat and the Economy and Business Faculty of the University of Chile claims. Story

> Bertrand Hébert has been named vice president of marketing-telecom for Videotron, where his responsibilities will cover integrated management of products and services related to the Internet, mobile telephony and residential telephony. Press release

> SK Telecom was named "Healthcare Telecommunication Company of the Year" at the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards held in Singapore, where the South Korean carrier was feted for its efforts in converging ICT with healthcare. Press release

Wireless News
> The FCC voted to approve new rules designed to accelerate the deployment of wireless infrastructure, something carriers and the infrastructure industry have been clamoring for as operators look to densify their networks with new small cells, Distributed Antenna Systems and other network equipment. Article

Cable News
> CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves hadn't even finished first-day press duties for his companies big OTT announcement when cable industry pundits began speculating on what might occur during the next big retrans impasse between the programmer and a major MSO. Article

And finally… Consolidated Communications Holdings completed the previously announced acquisition of Enventis. Press release