Cuba's Etecsa plans to open more Internet centers; North Dakota leads the U.S. in fiber-based Internet access race

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> Sony Pictures Entertainment made its controversial comedy The Interview available through a number of U.S. pay TV providers like AT&T while bringing the film to 580 theaters that would show the movie. Article

> Cuba's state-run service provider Etecsa plans to open more Internet centers across the country in 2015. Article

> Erich Walser, the president of Huber+Shuner's board of directors, passed away unexpectedly. Release

> Windstream will hold a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET on Feb. 24 to review the company's fourth-quarter and full-year 2014 earnings results. Release

> ADVA Optical Networking has named Ulrich Dopfer as CFO, taking over the role of CFO and president of the company's North American subsidiary from Jaswir Singh, who has served in this position since 2007. Release

> Sunit Patel, executive vice president and CFO of Level 3 Communications will present at the Citi 2015 Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas on Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. ET. Release

> CenturyLink will release its fourth-quarter 2014 earnings results after the market closes on Wednesday, Feb. 11, and host a related conference call at 5 p.m. ET that day. Release

Cable News
> Cable TV programmers experienced watershed erosion of their audiences in 2014, with primetime L+7 ratings for adults 18-49 dropping 8 percent across networks, according to Nielsen. Article

> The bankruptcy court is allowing defanged streaming service Aereo to auction off its technology assets. Judge Sean Lane of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan made the decision Dec. 24 after Aereo carved out an agreement with the major broadcast networks that are suing the service. Article

Wireless News
> T-Mobile US CEO John Legere did not give his rivals a holiday break, vowing to compete head on with Verizon Wireless in terms of network quality and surpass Sprint in subscribers to become the nation's No. 3 carrier in 2015. Article

> SingTel is conducting a trial of Ericsson's Radio Dot System to improve the in-building mobile broadband experience for its customers in Singapore. Article

And finally… Report: North Dakota leads the U.S. in high-speed fiber-based Internet access services. Article

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