FCC fines crammers $3.4M; AT&T certifies Tifton, Ga. industrial parks as fiber ready

Wireline news from across the Web: 

> Digital Realty has upped its first quarter cash dividend by 3.5 percent to 88 cents per share, reflecting its expectation of continued growth in cash flow. Release 

> The FCC fined Calling 10 and Telseven, as well as their owner, Patrick Hines, more than $3.4 million for cramming, deceptive marketing violations, and fee nonpayment. Release

> Phoenix-based IO Data Centers is planning a big campus expansion next to its Phoenix data center with a three-story, $400 million to $500 million project during the next six to eight years. Phoenix Business Journal article

> AT&T and the Tift County, Ga., Development Authority announced that the Magnolia Industrial Park, Magnolia Industrial Park II and Crossings Distribution Park have been certified as being AT&T Fiber Ready. Release

> Verizon has redesigned its "FiOS Custom TV" to let viewers choose bundles of channels they want to watch. Reuters article

> Hong Kong Broadband Network has agreed to acquire the telecoms and online marketing business of New World Telecom for $84 million in cash. TeleGeography article

Cable News
> The FCC voted 3-2 to adopt a controversial Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that Chairman Tom Wheeler says will "unlock" the pay-TV set-top box leasing business. Article

> Top pay-TV companies and representative organizations delivered sharp criticism today of the FCC's narrow 3-2 passage of new set-top box legislation. Article

Installer News
> A federal judge in Florida last month refused Time Warner Cable's request to throw out a suit filed against it by a local installer, which claims the MSO interfered with its sale back in 2012. Article

Online Video News
> With educators and legislators in New Hampshire hoping to give toddlers and elementary school students early encouragement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines, a private company, Learniverse LLC, has teamed with New Hampshire Public Television to offer a free online video learning program aimed at Pre-K to second graders. Article

Wireless News
> T-Mobile executives said Verizon's recent claims over its ability to deploy 5G services are -- ahem -- baloney. Article

> Sprint MVNO Karma said it will discontinue its Neverstop unlimited data service and will replace it with a tiered data offering called Pulse that ranges from 5 GB for $40 per month to 20 GB for $140 per month. Article

And finally … According to a new report by [24]7, nearly half of customers surveyed said they would take their business elsewhere within a day after a bad service experience as long as the price and products are comparable. Multichannel News article


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