Federal appeals court examines FCC's municipal broadband ruling; Genband is not infringing upon Metaswitch patents, says jury

Wireline news from across the Web:

> A federal appeals court will decide whether to overturn a FCC ruling allowing city-owned broadband services to expand into areas overlooked by commercial providers. Phys.org article

> The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) accused the city of using its new public Wi-Fi system, LinkNYC, to "build a massive database," information about Wi-Fi users. Fusion article

> A jury court in Texas has found that Genband is not infringing any of Metaswitch's six asserted patents. It also found that three of them are invalid and rejected Metaswitch's claim for over $59 million in damages. Release

> Telecom Italia announced that negotiations are underway on an agreement for CEO Marco Patuano to leave the company. Reuters article

Cable News
> Facebook and Twitter have both approached the big traditional program suppliers with an eye toward live-streaming popular shows, the New York Post reported. Article

> While purchasers of pricey 4K TV sets haven't had a lot of UltraHD programming available to help amortize their purchases, Dish Network is offering some level of justification with the newly introduced "Sports Bar" feature in its new Hopper 3 DVR. Article

Online Video News
> Digital video, once considered a way to extend a traditional TV broadcaster's audience reach, is rapidly coming into its own. Article

Wireless News
> Google received the go-ahead to conduct nationwide airborne and terrestrial millimeter wave testing, granting it an experimental license that had sparked informal objections from commenters registering their concerns about health effects and interference. Article

> The FCC released a list of 104 applicants (69 complete applications and 35 incomplete applications) and it's marked by a few recognizable names as well as some wild cards. Article

And finally … Comcast is concerned about Google Fiber's move into Atlanta so the cable MSO is offering subscribers to its gigabit service trial two options: sign a three-year contract, or pay twice as much with a data cap. The Verge article

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