Level 3 awarded service contract with Pennsylvania; Hackers target UK regulator Ofcom

Wireline news from across the web: 

> Over 10,000 people have signed the Broadband Coalition's "More Choice, More Competition" petition to the FCC. Release

> The Electronic Privacy Information Center has asked the FCC to stop requiring that service providers store data about their customers for 18 months. The Hill article

> Level 3 Communications has been awarded a contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to expand its current Master IT Services Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) program contract to include security, network and telecommunications services. Release

> Internet hackers have targeted Ofcom, the UK's telecom regulatory, with with malware and spam. ISPReview article

Cable News
> Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger told investors that ESPN's subscriber losses have been overstated, and that most of them have come from the overall recession of the pay-TV market, not from operators excluding the national sports network in their skinny bundles. Article

> HBO CEO Richard Plepler dismissed concerns that the company's new direct-to-consumer streaming service, HBO Now, is cannibalizing its core pay-TV product. Article

Installer News
> Black & Veatch acquired RCC Consultants, a global engineering and consulting firm that provides consulting and planning services for public safety and other networks. Article

Online Video News
> The International Advertising Bureau said 2014 revenue for programmatic ads totaled $10.1 billion, scraping past non-programmatic ads for the first time. Article

Wireless News
> Dish Network Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said that the FCC's likely decision to deny $3.33 billion in bidding credits to two Dish affiliates that won airwaves in the AWS-3 spectrum auction was the largest hurdle to any deal between Dish and T-Mobile US. Article

> Ahead of the FCC's vote Thursday on rules for the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, a group of Senate Democrats are asking FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to make sure there is enough spectrum set aside for unlicensed use. Article

And finally … Lawmakers will debate a proposed cybersecurity bill that would make it easier for corporations share Americans' personal information with each other or the government. The Hill article

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