Level 3 adds 1,000 km to Latin America IP, metro network; Cisco introduces NFV Infrastructure solution

Wireline news from across the Web:

> The Internet Society says a complete overhaul of Internet routing security is in order but will require a great deal of cooperation among networks. Computerworld article

> Level 3 Communications expanded its Latin American Internet Protocol and metro network by 1,000 kilometers in 2015. Release

> A proposal by MCNC, a nonprofit group that operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network, would expand existing broadband services for education, nonprofit health care, state and local municipalities, public safety organizations and other groups. Triangle Business Journal article

> Cisco introduced its new NFV Infrastructure Solution, combining virtual and physical environments, and providing all the necessary compute, storage, and networking infrastructure to run NFV network services. Release

> NBN has rejected claims that it is at risk of not meeting its targets, following recent suggestions in the local press. TeleGeography article 

Cable News
> Comcast led all companies in the telecom industry in terms of spending on government influencing efforts, spending over $15.6 million, according to Open Secrets. Article

> Early on in the fourth-quarter earnings season, promising results from Comcast and Time Warner Cable made it look like the hype around cord cutting wasn't justified. Article

Wireless News
The Verge takes a behind-the-scenes look at Verizon's test lab in Bedminster, N.J., where the carrier "torture tests smartphones." Article

> Sprint said it will team with British consumer electronics retailer Dixons Carphone to open and operate as many as 500 Sprint-branded stores across the country, building on a pilot program the companies launched last year.  Article

And finally … Telecom industry watchers agree that the networking industry is moving to a software-driven model. Aricent post