Internet usage is doubling every two years, says EMC; Boston builds free public Wi-Fi network

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> Internet usage is doubling every two years, according to a new EMC report. Article

> Telecom Italia (TI) has spent $6.9 million to expand its fiber to the cabinet (FTTC) networks to Pisa to serve about 74,000 residents. Article

> Boston has built a new free public Wi-Fi network called Wicked Free Wi-Fi that will serve 30,000 residents living in the city's Grove Hall neighborhood. Article

Cable News
> An expanded data services offering and U.S. cable businesses--and a little help from Canadian cable operations as well--drove up Cogeco Cable profits by 18 percent in the second quarter, the company reported. Article

> Even as Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives put on a united front defending Comcast's $45.2 billion takeover of TWC, Charter Communications, a spurned suitor for the nation's second biggest MSO, is mulling a bidding war. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T Mobility is rolling out a new advertising slogan, "Mobilizing Your World," to highlight the activities and businesses its network enables. The company is shedding its "Rethink Possible" tagline for its ads, which it has used since 2010. Article

> T-Mobile US is letting customers purchase LTE-enabled tablets for the same price as Wi-Fi models, and the carrier is also giving away 1 GB of free tablet data per month to voice customers who sign up for a tablet. Article

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