Harvard releases study on Leverett, Mass., FTTH network; NTCA explores efforts to revise the E-Rate program

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> Harvard University's Berkman for Internet and Society releases new case study on a rural municipal fiber to the home (FTTH) network in Leverett, Mass. Article (.pdf)

> Bandwidth announced that ArrowS3, a Unified Communications provider, has embedded its voice network into its new cloud-based unified communications suite. Release

> Nepal had a total of 7.66 million Internet subscribers in mid-November, up from 7.40 million in mid-October. Article (sub req.)

Cable News
> Comcast will report later this month that it posted a modest net gain in video subscribers in the fourth quarter, CEO Brian Roberts said at a Citigroup conference in Las Vegas Tuesday. Article

> Aereo, the cloud-based Internet video service, closed on $34 million in Series C financing that it said will help it expand its service nationwide. Article

Online Video News
> Sales of movies online increased 47 percent from a year earlier to $1.19 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, which tracks home entertainment sales. Article

Wireless News
> T-Mobile US just upped the ante on its competition once again by announcing that it will pay up to $650 in early termination fees (ETFs) for customers that want to switch to T-Mobile from AT&T Mobility, Sprint or Verizon Wireless. Article

> Microsoft thinks its deal to acquire partner Nokia's devices and services business won't alienate other Windows Phone OEMs and will in fact help Microsoft better understand their needs and desires, according to a Windows Phone executive. Article

And finally… Efforts to revise the E-rate program that provides schools and libraries discounts on Internet and telecom services is ramping up, says Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of the NTCA. Post