France nears 1M FTTH subscriber mark; Internet2 names IBM's Hudson as VP and chief innovation officer

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> France is nearing the 1 million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) subscriber mark, according to the latest figures released by the country's telecom regulator Arcep. Article

> The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ordered Northwestel to lower the rates for certain residential DSL internet services by 10 to 30 percent by May 4. Article

> Brazil's cloud computing market is fast evolving with 41 percent of companies already using these solutions and 42 percent planning to invest in them by the end of 2015, says Frost and Sullivan. Release

> Internet2 has appointed former IBM executive Florence D. Hudson as senior vice president and chief innovation officer effective March 16. Release

Cable News
> The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers announced Thursday that it has expanded its engineering committee to 15 members. The organization also announced the reaccreditation of its standards program by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Article

> Netflix issued a statement reiterating its support for the FCC's newly codified net neutrality guidelines after one of the SVOD company's top executives seemed to backtrack from the company's earlier stated position. Article

Online Video News
> Imagine Communications and Microsoft are previewing their planned workflow and encoding solution, a collaborative effort that will run on the Azure cloud-based platform. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T Mobility no longer plans to deploy 40,000 small cells on its network by the end of 2015, a goal that had been a key element of its Project Velocity IP (VIP) network initiative. Article

> Jibe Mobile CEO Amir Sarhangi thinks Rich Communications Services (RCS), carriers' answer to over-the-top messaging services, is not dead--far from it. Article

And finally… The FTC wants to know how companies are tracking you across computers and smartphones. Article