Level 3, tw telecom get DoJ approval for their merger; Windstream appoints William LaPerch and Michael Stoltz to its board

Wireline news from across the web:

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> Level 3 and tw telecom announced the U.S. Department of Justice has cleared Level 3's pending acquisition of tw telecom. Release

> Windstream has appointed William LaPerch and Michael Stoltz to the company's board of directors. Release

> eircom is planning on conducting an initial public offering that would value the business at close to $3.9 billion. Article (sub. req.)

> Portugal Telecom's shareholders have voted to accept the revised terms of a merger with Brazilian telecoms company Oi SA (Oi). Article 

Cable News
> DirecTV and Raycom Media announced a new broadcast retransmission deal Sunday, ending a six-day blackout and enabling viewers in key pro football markets, including New Orleans, to catch Sunday's opening-season games. Article

> ActiveVideo, a provider of virtual set-top box solutions, claims its CloudTV product can lower operators' data center capital expenditure to as low as $1 per subscriber. Article

Online Video News
> Watching movies and hour-long TV shows on a smartphone can be more of a chore than an enjoyable experience, and it appears that Netflix is taking notice. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T Mobility is partnering with Telefónica for a limited trial of AT&T's Digital Life home security and automation service in Europe. Article

> The Internet of Things concept is driving the demand for low-power, wide-area networks. Article

And finally… erainge: Some days when legacy telco marketing playbooks sit unchanged, & IT partners try to help telcos forward, nothing changes. 

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