Lightower's Olivero sees small cell backhaul as 'integral'; Johnson Telephone taps Genband for voice network upgrade

Wireline news from across the Web: 

> Phil Olivero, CTO for Lightower Fiber Networks, says small cells are becoming an "integral part" of the wireless network. RCR Wireless article

> Digital Realty Trust announced the tax treatment of its 2015 distributions for common stock and preferred stock. Release

> Johnson Telephone Company has upgraded its communications infrastructure with Genband's Network Transformation solution, which includes the C15 Call Controller. Release

> TDC Group has tapped Huawei to upgrade its entire HFC network in Denmark to support 1 Gbps speeds. TeleGeography article

Cable News
> Unhappy with what they see as an "obscure" proposal from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler that sounds an awful lot like the "AllVid" scheme they've been stridently resisting for months, the pay-TV industry united Wednesday in a rhetorical show of strength. Article

> In the FCC's latest attempt to open the pay-TV set-top market to third-party retail sellers like TiVo, agency Chairman Tom Wheeler has formally proposed fundamental changes to rules governing set-top technology. Article

Installer News
> Corning's optical networking segment is finding fortune in the FTTH and data center market segments, but spending patterns within these segments vary due to the timing of build out cycles. Article

Online Video News
> Global content rights are no longer Netflix's biggest problem, at least in Indonesia: the country's state-run telecommunications provider, Telkom, has blocked the SVOD provider citing objectionable content in its lineup as well as permit issues. Article

Wireless News
> Chet Kanojia brought his Project Decibel out of stealth with the announcement of Starry, a wireless Internet provider that may make waves in mobile. Article

> T-Mobile launched a promotion offering customers half off a second smartphone when they buy one at full price. Article

And finally ... What are the tradeoffs between dark wavelength and fiber options for high bandwidth fiber optic service? GigaPackets article