Hancock Telephone deploys Genband's C15 call controller; FCC extends net neutrality exemption to smaller providers

Wireline news from across the web:

> Hancock Telephone Company has deployed GENBAND's Network Transformation solution, which includes the C15 Call Controller to offer enhanced communications services to its rapidly growing small-to-medium sized business customer base. Release  

> Bob Laskey, vice president, global markets, software industry for CenturyLink, says the transformation of the software marketplace   toward being cloud- and SaaS-enabled is accelerating as we move into 2016. Channel Partners article

> Congress is working on a spending measure includes a provision that will encourage companies to share cyber threat information with the government. CBS News article

> The FCC is extending an exemption for small Internet providers from part of its net neutrality rules approved in February. The Hill article

Cable News
> Arris announced that the High Court of Justice in England and Wales has conditionally approved its $2.1 billion acquisition of Pace, setting up the deal to close on Jan. 4. Article

> After announcing rate increase for U-verse earlier in the week, AT&T has followed up with 2016 price bumps for its DirecTV satellite platform as well. Article

Installer News
> San Jose, Calif., is the latest city to announce plans to deploy LED light poles with small cells to reduce energy consumption and improve wireless coverage. Article

Online Video News
> The rising price of pay-TV services is still a leading factor in many consumers' decision to cut the cord and go all-OTT, but content availability is increasingly becoming a key part of the decision, a new study by Limelight Networks says. Article

Wireless News
> LightSquared settled its long-running legal tussle with Garmin, putting an end to the company's disputes with various providers of GPS-based services. Article

> Apple's Phil Schiller will run the App Store across all the company's devices following a front-office shuffle announced this morning. Article

And finally@AjitPaiFCC: In Feb, I warned that under Internet conduct standard, "[e]very decision...may be second-guessed" by FCC. #CalledIt: Broadcasting and Cable article