Level 3 to assist NORAD Tracks Santa program; Verizon reports online consumer retail shopping traffic dropped 25 points on Cyber Monday

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> Level 3 Communications will assist the NORAD Tracks Santa program during the 2014 holiday season by providing voice services to the Peterson Air Force Base and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Release

> Jamaica is developing regulations to govern the operations of VoIP telephony providers in the country, while looking to collect tax revenue from VoIP providers. Article

> Verizon Enterprise Solutions reported in its Verizon Retail Index for Cyber Monday 2014 that Internet traffic attributed to online consumer retail shopping activities dropped 25 points from the prior day (Nov. 30) and decreased 6 points from Cyber Monday 2013. Release

Cable News
> After independently sending scathing anti-merger letters to the FCC for months, a group of pay-TV companies, programmers, labor unions and public interest groups have banded together to form the "Stop Mega Comcast" coalition. Article

> With cable companies making significant investments in the sector, "carrier grade" Wi-Fi is rapidly overtaking "best effort" Wi-Fi, says back-end services provider Amdocs, releasing the results of a new study. Article

Online Video News
> Billionaire entrepreneur and sports team owner Mark Cuban isn't all that impressed with streaming video as a competitor to cable TV. In fact, he takes issue with boasts that streaming services such as Netflix will soon dance on cable's grave, arguing instead that the two media need each other. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless has started refarming its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum for LTE service in the New York City area, according to aGigaOM report. Article

> After drooping revenues in 2014, coming deployments of LTE Advanced technologies and small cells are expected to drive the microwave equipment market back to growth, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. Article

And finally… A UK-based Web company offered to pay consumers $78 if they could remember their home wireline phone number. Article