Deutsche Telekom to roll out VDSL2 vectoring to an additional 5.9 million homes; Quicken Loans founder Gilbert forms Rocket Fiber

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> Deutsche Telekom plans to roll out VDSL vectoring to an additional 5.9 million homes, Reuters reports. Article

> Dan Gilbert, founder and chairman of Quicken Loans and Rock Ventures LLC, confirmed the formation of a new investment initiative called Rocket Fiber LLC, a Detroit-based broadband Internet provider. Article

> CenturyLink's board of directors voted to declare a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.54 per share, a portion of which will be payable out of capital surplus, on March 20, 2015, to shareholders of record on March 6, 2015. Release

Cable News
> Dish Network Chairman and incoming CEO Charlie Ergen dismissed characterizations of his company's new OTT service as being disruptive to pay-TV. Article

> The Reference Design Kit (RDK) now has support for Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB), a popular pay-TV technology standard in Europe. Article

Online Video News
> Over-the-top service provider Kaltura and IBM are providing platform and infrastructure support to Turner Broadcasting as it launches an authenticated multiscreen service in Latin America and Brazil. Article

Wireless News
> Google has acquired Softcard, the mobile payments joint venture backed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US. Article

> The FCC is set to vote on final net neutrality rules on Feb. 26, and T-Mobile US and the CTIA are urging the agency to give wireless carriers a great deal of flexibility in designing new service plans and business models. Article

And finally… Ex-FCC attorney says Internet plan won't achieve broadband goals. Article