Intel's former CEO passes away; Google plans to expand Internet access in Cuba

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Ofcom has unveiled proposals for 'strict new rules' which are designed to 'improve BT's performance in installing high-speed business lines and significantly reduce the wholesale prices BT charges for these lines'. TeleGeography article

> Intel's former CEO and chairman Andrew Grove has died at the age of 79. Release

> Google plans to expand Internet access in Cuba, President Barack Obama revealed during his visit to the Caribbean island. Independent article

> Marco Patuano, CEO of Telecom Italia, made it official that he is leaving the company. Reuters article

> Windstream named Jarrod Berkshire its president of operations for Georgia. He will oversee the nearly 450 managers and technicians who operate Windstream's voice and broadband network in the state. Release

Cable News 
> In 2014, Disney trepidatiously signed onto Dish Network's as-yet unlaunched platform to distribute pay-TV over the Internet, now known as Sling TV, with numerous contract clauses that allowed the programmer to pull its preeminent ESPN Network if the service grew too fast, or the channel lost too many linear subscribers. Article

> Despite a 41 percent increase in shipments of downstream network equipment, total spending on broadband infrastructure by cable operators dropped 3 percent to $1.74 billion in 2015, according to SNL Kagan. Article

Wireless News
> The U.S. Supreme Court will take up the long-running patent feud between Apple and Samsung, stepping into a high-profile case that may have significant impact on the patent-litigation landscape. Article

> Apple announced a new, 4-inch iPhone with a price tag aimed at enticing Android users to make the switch and current iPhone users to buy a newer model. Article

And finally … Thin underwater cables hold the Internet. Video