E-Rate, CAF and the broadcast auction on FCC's December meeting agenda; U.S. Dept of Agriculture funds 30 telehealth projects

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@FierceTelecom RT @Jim_Duffy: SDN up 200% among service providers. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> United Kingdom lawmakers plan to introduce legislation requiring service providers to keep records on their users so they can provide them to the government during an investigation. Article

> Over 30 telehealth projects, including various locations from West Virginia to Guam, are receiving funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. Article

> E-rate Program modernization, Connect America Fund and the broadcast incentive auction are among the key issues that will be discussed at the FCC's December open commission meeting. Post

Cable News
> Giving serious thought to a la carte models that won't disrupt its existing U.S. pay-TV business, ESPN is examining the possible launch of an OTT service for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Article

> DirecTV is looking to enhance a key feature to its pricey NFL Sunday Ticket package by possibly partnering--or perhaps acquiring--one of the fast-growing daily fantasy sports league operators. Article

Wireless News
> As part of an agreement with the FCC, T-Mobile US said it will take steps to ensure that subscribers who run mobile broadband speed tests on its network get accurate speed information even when they are subject to data throttling. Article

> Sony is reducing the number of its smartphone models to boost profits in its mobile unit. The Japanese company acknowledges it has lost substantial ground to Samsung Electronics, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), Xiaomi, Lenovo and other market leaders. Article

And finally… @ mitchellkp: NFV or #WebRTC? what will more POSITIVELY transformative to carriers?