Dutch fiber-based broadband connections grew 3.4% in Q2; Western Mass. towns build their own fiber broadband networks

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> Dutch fiber-based broadband connections grew 3.4 percent during the second quarter. Article (sub. req.)

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> Deutsche Telekom upgrades to IPX connections both for its in-house customer Telekom Deutschland and on the AMS-IX hub. Release

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> Raycom Media has begun prominently posting messages on the websites of its 53 broadcast stations, warning DirecTV subscribers that they could be blacked out from Raycom channels if a broadcast retransmission renewal deal isn't made with the satellite provider by Aug. 31. Article

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> AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand is showing T-Mobile US and its MetroPCS prepaid unit that two can play that game, and it is offering T-Mobile and MetroPCS subscribers a $100 bill credit to switch over to Cricket. Article

> Neustar is considering selling itself amid interest from private equity firms, according to a Reuters report, as the company ponders its future while it battles Ericsson's Telcordia unit to retain a key government contact for number portability. Article

And finally… Western Massachusetts towns Shutesbury and Leverett are two examples of U.S. towns that are taking their broadband destiny into their own hands. Article