Internap names Watkins as VP of global channel sales; Microsoft pledges support for the FCC's Lifeline reforms

Wireline news from across the web:

> Internap, a provider of internet infrastructure services, has named Patricia Watkins as vice president of global channel sales. Release

> The State Department wants to create cybersecurity "playbooks" to "clearly guide both offensive cyber operations and responses to cyberattacks," officials say. NextGov article

> Schoolchildren in Texas now can be seen by doctors via telehealth technology thanks to a new law that authorizes the use of telemedicine in schools. mHealthIntelligence article

> Microsoft has submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission supporting the agency's proposal to extend its Lifeline phone connectivity subsidies to broadband Internet service. eWeek article

Cable News
> While cable companies currently view DOCSIS 3.1 as a means of pushing Internet speeds over hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) as high as 10 Gbps, Arris Cloud and Network Solutions CTO Tom Cloonan said far greater speeds might some day be realized without the industry having to go all fiber. Article

> Media General and Meredith announced a merger valued at $2.4 billion that will create the third largest TV station operator in the United States, another marker of the continuing consolidation in the broadcast TV space. Article

Installer News
> Unite Private Networks (UPN) may be gaining momentum in the wholesale wireless backhaul market with the recent installation of its 100th cell tower with dark fiber, but the service provider's move to offer turnkey small cell services illustrates that there's value in providing more than just a large pipe. Article

Online Video News
> It's free, series are available to watch individually, and some users won't even know it's a Verizon service: Those are a few key features of go90, a mobile-first online video service which has now rolled out in beta to a few of its wireless subscribers. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint inked a multi-year deal with LTE chipset, SIM card and service provisioning specialist Gemalto, extending their relationship for Gemalto to help manage Sprint's LTE deployments. Article

> CommScope, which focuses on designing, building and managing wireless networks, is adding small cells to its portfolio of products and solutions by buying privately-held small cell specialist Airvana. Article

And finally … American workers are sold on the practice of working from home, saying it improves productivity in various ways, FlexJobs reports. eWeek article