CS&L to offer $150M in secured notes; NTIA approves proposal to take IANA private

Wireline news from across the web:

> A Senate panel is expected to question cable- and satellite-TV executives this month about customer-service and billing practices that often contribute to the firms' unpopularity. WSJ article

> The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved the global internet multistakeholder community's proposal to transition the US government's stewardship role for the internet domain systems (DNS) technical functions, known as the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Release

> Accedian announced that its professional services and network assurance technology helped Brazilian mobile operator TIM Brasil attain Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 2.0 certification for its nationwide Carrier Ethernet business services in Brazil. Release

> Communications Sales & Leasing and CSL Capital announced the planned offering, subject to market and other conditions, of approximately $150 million aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes. Release

> America Movil, which includes Claro, Embratel and Net, may reduce its investments in Brazil this year by 10 to 20 percent, depending on the pace of economic activity, said Jose Antonio Felix, president of the group. Telecompaper article

Cable News
> Google's increased lobbying influence in Washington, particularly in matters relating to telecom, is attracting attention. And lobbyists are starting to grumble a little more loudly these days. Article

> Tony Goncalves, AT&T senior VP of strategy and business development, described the pay-TV industry's dabble into skinny bundling as a trend that cannot last. Article

Installer News
> Frontier isn't planning on a large expansion of its FTTH network in the areas it entered via its latest Verizon wireline facility acquisition, but a host of fiber installation innovations will help it retain costs. Article

Online Video News
> Even as Yahoo considers second-round offers for its core business from a shortlist of potential buyers -- including Verizon, which is offering $3 billion for at least part of the company -- the search engine and online advertising provider is considering putting up around 3,000 of its patents for sale in a separate auction. Article

Wireless News
> Lenovo's first two modular smartphones from its Motorola subsidiary will launch exclusively on Verizon this summer, the companies said. Article

> AT&T's prepaid brand Cricket Wireless is providing $5 in credit to some users who suffered through a service outage last weekend. Article

And finally ... Dark data, a form of operational data that is stored but typically not otherwise used, is important to consider when it comes to your cloud-based knowledge base. Midmarket.today article