ECI Telecom, 3M win packet optical deal with TenneT TSO; ACLU wants NSA phone records collection program shut down

Wireline news from across the web: 

> Telemedicine may hold promise in the U.S. healthcare system, but patients remain skeptical about this remote option and the quality of diagnosis made during virtual appointments, according to a new report from TechnologyAdvice Research. Article

> ECI Telecom and 3M services GmbH announced that TenneT TSO GmbH Germany deployed ECI's Neptune (NPT) and Apollo families of packet-optical solutions. Release

> The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal appeals court to partly shut down the National Security Agency bulk phone record collection program. Article

Cable News
> Cable subscribers who are looking for ways to shrink their cable subscription package--dubbed "cord shavers"--should be a much bigger concern for traditional pay-TV operators than cord cutters, according to a panel of experts speaking at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference here. Article

> Media General has blacked out 16 stations in 14 markets on Mediacom's cable system after failing to come to a broadcast retransmission renewal agreement with the MSO. Article

Installer News
> Parallel Wireless is testing its equipment for public safety interoperability in New Hampshire. The equipment is being used by first responders in the New Hampshire towns of Milford, Wilton and Mount Vernon. Article

Online Video News
> Going ahead with its stated plans to offer original movies distributed first to theaters and then made available to its Prime subscribers in an early-release window, Amazon Studios announced that Spike Lee's next movie, with the working title of Chi-Raq, is its first Amazon Originals selection. Article

Wireless News
> Softbank made a big bet when it bought 80 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion in 2013 and a top executive at the Japanese operator said today that the company is poised to make a turnaround, led by CEO Marcelo Claure. Article

> T-Mobile US' MetroPCS customers are getting the benefits of seamless service in Mexico that T-Mobile has extended to its branded customers in Mexico and Canada. Article

And finally@JRosenworcel:   What the #HomeworkGap looks like in #Florida. Article