Frontier hires DePasquale as VP of communications; Consumers have little choice for 25 Mbps, White House says

Wireline news from across the Web:

> A White House community-based broadband report (PDF) said that 75 percent of customers looking for Internet speeds of 25 Mbps or higher had a choice between one provider or no service at all. engadget article

> Travis LeBlanc, FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief, told staffers on Friday in an internal e-mail that he plans to appoint Charles Copper as the regulator's FCC's first Enforcement Bureau field director. Multichannel News article

> Frontier Communications is bringing aboard Peter DePasquale as vice president of communications and corporate affairs. Release

Cable News
> John Malone's European telecom giant, Liberty Global, will pay $5.5 billion to acquire U.K.-based Cable & Wireless. Article

> AMC Networks ran crawls during Sunday night's airing of The Walking Dead warning subscribers to NCTC cable systems that the hit zombie drama, as well as other AMC and WEtv programming, could soon be blacked out if a new carriage agreement isn't made between AMC and NCTC. Article

Installer News
> After conducting trials in San Diego of a white-label version of Comcast's X1 video platform, Cox Communications said it is now offering the product to all customers in that Southern California market. Article

Online Video News
> Linear over-the-top video provider FilmOn X is not a cable company and isn't entitled to a license to retransmit broadcast content, a D.C. Circuit Court judge has ruled -- a decision that sits opposite to the opinion of an L.A. Circuit judge who handed the controversial streaming service a victory back in July. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint is shaking up its sales organization and moving to a model in which it has four regional hubs and sales teams focused on 19 key markets as opposed to focusing on different types of customers like postpaid and prepaid. Article

> T-Mobile US is bringing some of the benefits of its postpaid service to its prepaid MetroPCS brand, including unlimited music streaming without the activity counting toward customers' data buckets, and a service that will optimize subscribers' video content to let them watch more video without incurring higher data usage. Article

And finally … A charity in Prague wants to turn homeless people into Wi-Fi hotspots. article


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