ICANN submits final transition plan to NTIA; BT wades through near-nationwide service blackout

Wireline news from across the Web:

> The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) submitted a final transition plan to the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration. Reuters article

> The Energy & Commerce Committee has scheduled a full markup of a bill that would prevent the FCC from regulating the rates broadband subscribers pay for service. Broadcasting & Cable article

> BT appears to be caught up in a near-nationwide blackout, with more than 12,000 reports of service problems on Down Detector. The Register article

> Costa Rica's Cabletica has begun offering broadband connections with speeds of up to 100 Mbps in Cartago, using the FTTH network rolled out by utility provider Junta Administrativa del Servicio Electrico Municipal de Cartago (Jasec). TeleGeography article

Cable News
> Comcast has been sued by Boston's WHDH-TV (channel 7) following the MSO's January decision to terminate its affiliation agreement for NBC with the station and start its own Bean Town O&O. Article

> A new report from New Street Research says the FCC's proposal to "unlock" pay-TV's proprietary set-top boxes is a "non-issue" for the cable industry. Article

Installer News
> Lumos has set some ambitious goals for its fiber roll out in the Virginia market, adding more on-net buildings to its fiber network and conducting 825-mile fiber network expansion -- two milestones that were enabled by accelerating its fiber installation process. Article

Online Video News
> Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu are some of the "most important" paid online subscriptions to consumers, well ahead of their paid subscriptions to other services such as streaming music and shopping services, a new survey by Vindicia revealed. Article

Wireless News
> According to a new report from investment banking firm UBS, Verizon's Go90 mobile video service is off to a "slow start," and the offering will be "hard-pressed to mount a meaningful challenge to mobile video and social networking leaders YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix and Hulu." Article

> The National Association of Broadcasters once again pushed back against the FCC's proposed 39-month repacking schedule following the upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves, asking the Commission to reconsider "the death penalty rules" for broadcasters unable to meet the schedule for relocating airwaves. Article

And finally … Allied Fiber's CEO Hunter Newby predicts explosive demand for carrier-neutral broadband networks. Wavelengths Magazine article

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