FairPoint addresses ongoing strike in public letter; Bell Media appoints Mary Ann Turcke as group president, media sales, local TV and radio

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@FierceTelecom RT @ GENBAND: Of the international calls measured, 41% are made from advanced economies to emerging ones. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> FairPoint Communications recently published an open letter in state and regional newspapers to the communities of northern New England about the ongoing labor strike. Release

> Bell Media has appointed Mary Ann Turcke as group president, media sales, local TV and radio, effective immediately. Release

> UK regulator Ofcom says there is an "increasingly compelling argument" for wireline broadband speeds of 10 Mbps to be considered a requirement for an "effective quality of service." Article

Cable News
> Pay-TV metadata and interface specialist Rovi has acquired four-year-old startup Fanhattan for an undisclosed sum. Article

> Comcast will appeal a bankruptcy court decision to transfer ownership of regional sports network CSN Houston to DirecTV and AT&T. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility are working to ensure that Voice over LTE calls made by customers on the different carriers can interconnect with one another. Article

> Google's Android platform has long dominated the smartphone market in terms of market share, but research firm Strategy Analytics thinks Android has reached its peak. Article

And finally… @evankirstel: Tech's next wave includes smart wallets, smart cars, and yes - smart bras. Article