F5 Networks hires investment bank amidst takover offers; Kentucky says broadband could create new jobs

Wireline news from across the web:

> With coal employment declining in eastern Kentucky, state officials are optimistic that work related to high-speed internet access can replace many of the lost jobs, largely through the work of the state's Shaping Our Appalachian Region program. Government Technology article

> New Zealand's Vodafone NZ will merge with local pay-TV operator Sky Network Television. TeleGeography article

> F5 Networks has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group following takeover approaches, people familiar with the matter said. Reuters article

Cable News
> WOW! said it will spend around $20 million in Pinellas County and Tampa, Florida to expand and upgrade its local broadband operations, as the operator looks to poach business from Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS, both of which are enduring the turmoil of integration under new ownership. Article

> Comcast has asked the FCC to toss out a complaint filed against it by Liberman Broadcasting, which claims the MSO is discriminating against its Estrella TV network to favor the Spanish-language programmers it acquired during its NBCUniversal purchase. Article

Installer News
> The Carolina Panthers, working with CommScope and Beam Wireless, is already seeing upsides to running its own DAS, which already supports three wireless operators. Article

Online Video News
> Netflix, which is notably recalcitrant to reveal its subscribers' precise viewing behaviors, watch times, or other statistics, untied the strings on its data to reveal a little bit more about binge-watching habits. Article

Wireless News
> Google's Project Fi MVNO announced Wednesday that U.S. Cellular will be joining its Partner Network, allowing the service to shift users onto U.S. Cellular connections along with its other options. Article

> The U.S. mobile internet access market will grow from $85 billion this year to $122 billion in 2020, according to PwC's new "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020" report. Article

And finally ... Broadband CEOs say that usage caps are nothing more than a toll on uncompetitive markets. techdirt article