Missouri's attempted municipal broadband ban fails; Equinix sells 8 European data centers to Digital Realty for $874M

Wireline news from across the web:

> The latest attempt to prevent cities and towns in Missouri from offering Internet service to their residents has failed. ars technica article

> Equinix has sold eight of its data centers in Europe to Digital Realty for approximately $874 million. Release

> AT&T has begun to automate the boring, repetitive parts of their jobs by using software bots. WSJ article

> A UK industry coalition comprising Vodafone, Sky, TalkTalk, the Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) and the Federation of Communication Services (FCS) has written to Ofcom CEO Sharon White outlining a "10 Point Plan for a Better Openreach." Telecompaper article

Cable News
> The FCC has launched a "relentless government assault" of regulation against the cable industry that has overturned decades of media case law, said Michael Powell, president and CEO of the National Cable Telecommunications Association. Article

> Comcast will make an unprecedented amount of Summer Olympics coverage on its NBCUniversal channels a showcase for the advanced capabilities of its X1 set-top. Article

Online Video News
> Months after Netflix announced its commitment to block users accessing its website through virtual private networks (VPNs), advocacy group Open Media is stepping up its efforts to convince the provider to stop, circulating a petition that asks Netflix to end its crusade against the technology. Article

Wireless News
> CTIA said it wants to be a database administrator for the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band, despite the association's concerns about how the FCC's new rules around the band might interfere with licensed operations in nearby bands. Article

> Comcast announced today with Ericsson that it will deploy cargo vans outfitted with Wi-Fi access points in order to provide Xfinity-branded Wi-Fi services at community activities, sporting events and emergency response initiatives. Article

And finally … A Massachusetts man who was accused of locking a Verizon worker inside an unventilated underground vault because he was upset the worker parked on his grass has pleaded guilty to kidnapping. Fox News article