CRTC creates single point of contact for TV, broadband complaints; Mitel, Polycom are mulling a merger

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Despite government programs, national broadband plans, billions in subsidies and the hype surrounding Google Fiber, U.S. broadband is actually becoming less competitive than ever before. Tech Dirt article

> The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will now have a single point of contact for complaints about television service providers and their bundled communication services. Release

> Mitel and Polycom reportedly are in merger talks, an idea that was first floated several months ago by activist investor Elliott Management, which bought large stakes in both companies. eWeek article

> AT&T Partner Exchange is expanding its mobility portfolio to include a sophisticated Internet of Things (IoT) platform. Release

> Global Capacity has named channel veteran Rob Olson as its Vice President of Channel Sales, responsible for leading the company's indirect channel business and expanding the existing Channel Partner Program. Release

Cable News
> Turner Networks will launch a number of SVOD platforms outside the pay-TV ecosystem in the coming months, an executive for the Time Warner Inc. programming arm said. Article

> Awareness of the pay-TV industry's 7-year-old TV Everywhere initiative reached 40 percent in the fourth quarter, up from 25.4 percent a year prior, according to TiVo-owned research arm Digitalsmiths. Article

Installer News
> ADDvantage Technologies Group is forming a joint venture with YKTG to share in the deconstruction work on a "major U.S. wireless provider's" cell tower sites across 13 states. Article

Online Video News
> Sony is revving up its OTT strategy, launching its PlayStation Vue linear streaming service nationwide. But its other product announcements signal that it may be planning to take online video in some slightly different directions to set it apart in the exploding VOD and live linear markets. Article

Wireless News
> T-Mobile finally added YouTube to Binge On, filling a noticeable void that existed since the program's launch in November. But that isn't the only new Binge On content partner that's sure to raise eyebrows. Article

> Verizon said it will launch a buy-one, get-one-free promotion for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge this week, joining rivals T-Mobile and AT&T in pushing the new, high-end phone. Article

And finally .. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist, tells Ars why he turned on the cable and wireless industries. Ars Technica article

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