Department of Agriculture dedicates $23.4M to telemedicine, distance learning projects; Philadelphia County to get new E911 system

Wireline news from across the web:

> The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is proposing a relaxation of regulation in the country's residential fixed telephony market. TeleGeography article

> Ransomware has become a major threat this year, spurring security providers to add features to software aimed at better monitoring and protecting data before it can be encrypted. eWeek article

> The Department of Agriculture will give $23.4 million in grants to 81 telemedicine and distance learning projects in rural areas in 32 states. Beckers Hospital Review article

> Philadelphia County is on its way to having a much improved 911 system which includes the ability to send and receive text messages. article

> World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has urged folk to come out in support of net neutrality. ars technica article

Cable News
> With its investors worried about its long-term future as a standalone media company and its stock price in free fall, AMC Networks has offered voluntary buyouts to 200 veteran employees, Deadline Hollywood reports. Article

> DirecTV has been blacked out by Sunbeam stations in Boston and Miami after the two sides failed to come to terms on a new broadcast retransmission licensing agreement. Article

Wireless News
> Just two months after Verizon settled a costly strike with workers, AT&T is experiencing some labor troubles of its own for the first time in several years. Article

> U.S. carriers were more concerned about fully monetizing their existing users than they were about poaching rivals from the competition during the second quarter of 2016, Barclays analysts say, which likely means the market will remain relatively unchanged from the first quarter. Article

And finally … Fiber broadband connections like those offered by Google Fiber are almost total overkill with today's internet. Newsy article