FairPoint increases directory assistance rates in Northern New England; Level 3 to sell $775M in senior notes

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Ethio Telecom has selected ZTE to construct its 100 Gbps DWDM and OTN transport network backbone transmission network in the western and southern regions of Ethiopia. TeleGeography article

> The Smart Cities Council announced that its landmark Smart Cities Readiness Guide is now available in a Web-based format. Release

> FairPoint increased Directory Assistance rates in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont in February. Telecom Rate Monitoring post

> Level 3 Communications has agreed to sell $775 million worth of 5.25 percent senior notes due 2026 in a private offering to qualified institutional buyers. Release

> Colt says NIA can help speed up NFV rollout. Light Reading article

Cable News

> Univision agreed to temporarily lift its blackout of AT&T U-verse so that the service's Spanish-language viewers would have access to Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate. Article

> The SCTE says if it can cut $18,000 off its electric bill at its Exton, Pa., headquarters, cable operators should be able to make dent in their energy use, too. Article

Installer News

> The global microwave equipment market saw overall revenues for the fourth quarter drop 7 percent year-over-year, amounting to what IHS called "unseasonably weak" performance. Article

Online Video News

> For e-sports, it's on: Yahoo has just launched its own dedicated website to cover the booming electronic sports and gaming industry, dubbing it Yahoo Esports. Article

Wireless News

> The traditional pay-TV market may be on the brink of transition as major operators begin to introduce alternative services that don't require a set-top box. Article

> Verizon CFO Fran Shammo put to rest any speculation that the carrier is planning to launch unlimited data plans anytime soon. Article

And finally#IoT smart home systems can get along. Twice article