Iowa broadband expansion in jeopardy as providers wait on new law; AT&T wins multiyear contract with AutoZone

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Service providers looking expand broadband in rural areas of Iowa say a key part of Gov. Terry Branstad's new broadband law is still not formally in effect, and it could hinder how they plan for future projects in the state. Washington Times article

> AT&T entered into a new multiyear, multimillion-dollar agreement with AutoZone, where it will provide the auto parts retailer a mix of mobile and broadband products for its U.S. stores, call centers, and back-end offices. Release

> CenturyLink announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qwest Corporation, agreed to sell $235 million in debt securities, specifically the aggregate principal amount of 7 percent notes that are due in 2056. Release

> Researchers at UC Davis Health System concluded in the latest issue of Critical Care Medicine that telemedicine in the ICU (tele-ICU) is lifesaving and often cost-effective. HealthCareBusiness article

> The worldwide use of public cloud services will grow at a 19.4 percent annual rate over the next five years, from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019. Information Week article

Cable News
> The Communications Workers of America (CWA) said it will testify against the planned merger of Europe's Altice NV and Cablevision at upcoming hearings by New York's state Public Service Commission (PSC). Article

> Verizon reportedly is in talks with media company Hearst Corp. about creating a joint venture to develop programming for Go90. Article

Online Video News
> Amazon's Prime membership program, which includes access to its Prime Instant Video streaming service, may have as many as 54 million subscribers in the United States, according to one analyst firm's estimates. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint has slashed 2,500 jobs in a third round of layoffs as it continues to trim its budget. Article

> Spotify will begin rolling out its mobile video service to this week, jumping into an increasingly crowded market. Article

And finally … How can we protect the Internet's undersea cables? World Economic Forum article