FCC's Rosenworcel touts need for E-Rate program reform; Ethernet Alliance elects new board of directors, members for 2014

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> FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says that the E-Rate program can power educational kids' content. Article

> The Ethernet Alliance has announced its newly elected Board of Directors members and officers for the 2014 term. Release

> NTT Communications will launch the "Compute (VPC Type)" service, which customers of NTT Com's Cloud public cloud service will use to build virtual server environments connected to VPN and other secure networks. Article (sub. req.)

Cable News
> In Europe, Malone's Liberty Global is in a battle with Vodafone Group to build continent-dominating pay TV empires. Article

> Comcast is approaching the milestone of 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots that its Xfinity customers can access, including hotspots in public areas and new neighborhood hotspots powered by wireless gateways Comcast is installing in subscriber homes. Article

Online Video News
> Netflix may target France and Germany as its next international markets, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Article

Wireless News
> The National Security Agency and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters have been targeting smartphone applications as part of a years-long surveillance effort to gather data such as smartphone users' locations and the unique identifying characteristics of their phones, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Article

> Verizon Communications and Vodafone shareholders approved an agreement for Verizon to buy Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion. Article

And finally… Fred Kemmerer, CTO @Genband: "Data is the new network."