Extreme Networks targets cloud opportunities with new switches; Rentrak study confirms consumer's thirst for free VoD

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Extreme Networks is taking advantage of this week's Interop show to debut its new BlackDiamond X8 for the data center core, and the Summit X670 for the top of the server rack, which form the vendor's Open Fabric data center switching plan that creates a migration path to bring customers into the cloud. Article  

> The California Telemedicine & eHealth Center (CTEC) announced during this week's Government Technology Conference West 2011 that 300 rural sites will be on a secure, high-speed medical grade network by the end of 2011, as part of the California Telehealth Network's Rural Health Care Pilot Program. Article

> ENMR•Plateau Telecommunications has selected Calix's E7 Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) for both of its broadband stimulus projects in rural New Mexico and Texas. Release

> Orange UK's new UK home broadband marketing campaign 'No Tricks Just Treats' says it will address concerns customers have about their broadband provider, including pricing. Article

> TelePacific Communications' SmartVoice product has received NGN Magazine's NGN Leadership award. Release

> TeliaSonera plans to roll all of its units into one common brand, while keeping its current brand names intact. Article

> Sprint's Emergency Response Team provided satellite-based Internet connectivity for Operation Medical Shelter, a 36-hour medical operations training exercise that prepares first responders, hospitals and volunteer organizations to respond to a catastrophic disaster. Release

And finally ... A new Rentrak study revealed that with nearly three out of four movies or TV programs delivered on demand being free, VOD consumers accessed around 17.1 transactions of mostly free content per month in 2010. Article