Docomo Pacific, NEC to build Atisa submarine network; Bel Air Internet touts 'guaranteed' symmetrical 100 Mbps

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Viamedia has reached an agreement TDS Telecom to represent advertising sales for TDS video services in four markets:  Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla., and Madison, Wisc. Multichannel News article

> Docomo Pacific, a subsidiary of NTT Docomo, and NEC has signed a contract to build "Atisa," an optical submarine cable system that will connect Guam with the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Release

> Children's Health of Texas is extending telemedicine technology to thousands of students. WHYY-FM article

> Bel Air Internet, a Southern California-based Internet service provider, will become the first company to deliver guaranteed symmetrical 100 Mbps speeds. Release

> A new National 911 Program office report revealed that while the migration to IP-based next-generation 911 (NG911) technologies is happening in more states and territories, about half of the country has not begun the transition from legacy 911 systems. Urgent Communications article

> Bell Canada has nominated Desjardins CEO Monique Leroux and Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu to its board of directors. Release

Cable News
> DirecTV has restored service after a two-hour outage knocked both HD and SD channels offline across the nation Tuesday. Article

> After reporting customer losses of 81,000 for 2015, Dish Network says it's getting so efficient at customer service that it can afford to lose a service center located in the Houston suburb of Alvin, Texas. Article

Installer News
> Zayo continues to gain momentum in the fiber-to-the-cell market with a number of major wireless operators, but those builds are being leveraged and extended to serve a host of other opportunities. Article

Online Video News
> Within the past 12 months, no less than five virtual MVPD (multichannel video programming distributor) services from major operators like Comcast have debuted. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon is the only major U.S. carrier that is not pre-loading Samsung Pay on new Galaxy S7 phones, Samsung said, confirming earlier reports that the nation's largest operator isn't actively supporting the mobile payments offering. Article

> The Illinois treasurer's office filed a lawsuit against Sprint claiming the operator failed to pay $2.7 million in unclaimed rebates between 2003 and 2005, The Chicago Tribune reported. Article

And finally … The FCC's net neutrality rules are discouraging service providers from making new broadband investments. Forbes article

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