Mitel positions company for cloud, mobile services; Kansas City lands federal smart cities grant

Wireline news from across the web:

> NetCarrier has expanded its type 2 Ethernet offering into more than 50 additional major US markets through hub arrangements with several key Ethernet backbone providers. Release

> Garrett County, Md., and Declaration Networks Group (DNG) have entered into a long-term agreement to create funding to build a broadband network that will reach 3,000 unserved or underserved homes and businesses. Release

> Kansas City landed a federal "Smart Cities Initiative" grant. Startland News article

> A group of users in a Broadband DSL Reports forum say they are finally getting access to Comcast's 2 Gbps service. Broadband DSL Reports article

Cable News
> Viacom has fired a salvo in long-running anti-trust litigation with Cablevision, noting that the cable company's argument in the matter has been undermined by contradictory testimony in another unrelated legal case. Article

> Bright House is in the process of being purchased by a larger cable company that has emphasized a video strategy built around cloud-based technology. Article

Installer News
> The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is close to deciding an 8-year-old wrongful termination suit filed by a group of former MasTec installers. Article

Online Video News
> Making the shift from a primarily cable network to a provider of multiscreen experiences, often directly to viewers over the top, has been a new challenge for Discovery Networks International, the Europe-based wing of Discovery Communications. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T and Verizon Wireless will have dedicated showcase areas manned by trained Best Buy employees in 250 Best Buy stores nationwide by the end of the year. Article

> Microsoft is about to unveil its new flagship Windows smartphones that it has been promising since earlier this year. Article

And finally … A fire in the Mountain Ranch community of northern California destroyed the American Museum of Telephony. Network World article