Granite donates $200K to ALS charities; Brazil's Ministry of Communications approves $289M in new broadband projects

Wireline news from across the web:

@FierceTelecom RT @ Teresa Mastrangelo: AT&T's Cupertino GigaPower plans drawing a lot of interest. Safe to say this market has been waiting for a speed upgrade? | Follow @FierceTelecom

> Verizon Communications announced the expiration and final results of its previously announced 11 separate private offers to exchange specified series of debt securities issued by Verizon and by Alltel. Release

> Granite Telecommunications, a provider of communications services to businesses, has donated $200,000 to ALS charities as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Release

> Brazil's Ministry of Communications has approved an additional $289 million in new projects for broadband-network development, projects that are entitled to tax exemptions through the Special Regime of the National Broadband Plan (REPNBL), reports Telecompaper citing a Convergencia Digital story. Article (sub req.)

Cable News
> Netflix now has peering/interconnection deals with the four biggest terrestrial broadband providers in the U.S., with the SVOD service reportedly carving out an agreement with Time Warner Cable in June. Article

> Public Knowledge and the Community Broadband Networks Initiative have asked the Federal Communications Commission to extend the public-comment deadline beyond Sept. 16 for the proposed AT&T and DirecTV merger. Article

Online Video News
> Piksel is introducing a SaaS (software as a service)-based OTT video platform targeting a mix of legacy content providers and distributors, such as cable companies and broadcasters. Article

Wireless News
> In something of a parting gift, Cincinnati Bell Wireless is giving all of its remaining customers unlimited domestic voice, texting and data for no additional charge. Article

> Verizon Wireless appears to be preparing to give its MVNOs access to its LTE network, according to people familiar with the matter. Article

And finally … @TheCloudNetwork: Small businesses seek to take off with the cloud. Article