Level 3 completes refinancing of $2B of its debt; Internap names Ruffolo as president and CEO

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> Level 3 Communications has completed the marketing of the refinancing of its $2.0 billion senior secured Tranche B 2022 Term Loan and received commitments to borrow an aggregate $2.0 billion principal amount of a new senior secured Tranche B-II 2022 Term Loan. Release

> Internap, a provider of Internet infrastructure services, announced the appointment of Michael Ruffolo as president and CEO. Release

> Brazil's Oi taps Alcatel-Lucent and its OTN solution to improve data streaming on its network backbone by 57 percent. Article

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> While we still don't have specifics about 21st Century Fox's plans to launch over-the-top services directly to consumers, company COO Chase Carey continues to boldly discuss their broad strokes. Article

> With his SVOD service making a flurry of MVPD partnership announcements in recent weeks, Hulu distribution chief Tim Connolly used an INTX panel focused on OTT distribution to better explain how these arrangements work. Article

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> To cut the cord or not is a conversation that is increasingly taking place in households worldwide, according to a new report from Limelight Networks. Article

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> Next week Samsung Electronics plans to unveil a new chipset platform called Artik to power devices in the Internet of Things, according to a CNET report. Article

> Google will kick off its I/O developer conference on May 28 with a keynote from Sundar Pichai, the company's senior vice president of products, and he will likely unveil the next version of Google's Android software, Android M. Article

And finally… @CIMICorp:   A lot of the confusion about SDN and NFV can be traced to overlooking how networking works under the covers. Post