HickoryTech approves $3M stock repurchase; Vodafone Germany to drive DSL subscribers to LTE

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> HickoryTech's board of directors approved an up to $3 million stock repurchase plan. Release

> UK telecom regulator Ofcom has fined competitive providers TalkTalk and Tiscali $4.94 million over incorrectly billing thousands of customers for services they never signed up for. Article

> MegaPath expanded its partnership with Converged Network Services Group (CNSG) to give CNSG's partners and customers access to MegaPath's Hosted Voice, MPLS networking and Managed Security services. Release

> netTALK, a competitive VoIP provider, purchased a 23,000 sq. ft. cloud and data center that will also serve as its headquarters and the base for new cloud and 4G wireless services. Release

> Verizon subsidiary Telesector Resources Group was awarded a controversial two-year $120 million contract to provide wireline voice and Internet service to New York City schools. Article

And finally ... Vodafone Germany's CEO Friedrich Joussen would like to move a big chunk of his DSL subscriber base to its wireless LTE network, which he says "offers enough bandwidth to replace DSL as broadband technology." Article