Georgia congressman calls out Windstream for poor performance; USA Fiber signs top cloud provider to new Ashburn ring

Wireline news from across the web:

> U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R - Ga. 9th District) sent a letter to Windstream CEO Tony Thomas to follow up on previous concerns and emphasize the growing number of complaints from Windstream customers in Northeast Georgia. Letter (PDF)

> Extreme Networks' ExtremeCloud will allow users to more quickly adapt to application needs, as well as manage wired and wireless network switches and access points, the company said. eWeek article

> ShoreTel announced that its board of directors has authorized a share repurchase program for up to $20 million of the company's common stock. Release

> USA Fiber signed one of the top three largest cloud service companies in the world to its newly installed conduit and dark fiber platform in Ashburn, Virginia. Release

> Kansas City launched its smart city initiative today, a collaboration with Cisco, Sprint and Think Big Partners to make it a technology, innovation and entrepreneurial community. Release

Cable News
> Charter Communications' purchases of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have secured the necessary three Commission votes to clear regulatory approval from the FCC, the major news services have reported. Article

> Interesting news for wireless companies, and cable outfits including Comcast, who are making 5G plans -- a new map provided by Allnet Insights & Analytics shows gobs of millimeter wave spectrum currently under the control of the FCC. Article

Installer News
> Cobham Wireless has developed a distributed antenna system that can provide cellular coverage for ships at sea. Article

Online Video News
> Netflix wants viewers to quit browsing and start watching its massive catalog, and it's juicing up its content recommendation tech in order to convince them to do so. Article

Wireless News
> According to data from Counterpoint Research, Samsung surpassed Apple in terms of smartphone market share in the United States, the first time the company has done so in almost a year. Article

> Millimeter wave spectrum -- stretching from 28 GHz to 39 GHz to 37 GHz to the 64-71 GHz band -- has been identified as a key element of forthcoming 5G networks. Article

And finally@EricssonCloud: Packet switching is fast. But is it fast enough? Ericsson blog post

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