NC Cable & Telecom defends anti-muni broadband bill; Sidera, Allied Fiber sign agreement

Wireline industry news from across the Web:

> The North Carolina Cable & Telecommunications Association responded to a recent Free Press editorial on North Carolina's Level Playing Field / Local Government Competition Bill, calling it a "hatchet job." Article

> Sidera Networks and Allied Fiber signed an agreement where Sidera gets access to new dark fiber and Allied Fiber will be able to leverage Sidera's data centers. Release

> TDS' board of directors has declared a second quarter 2011 dividend of $.1175 per Common Share, Special Common Share and Series A Common Shares. Release

> EarthLink's Chairman and CEO will speak at the event at 12th Annual B. Riley & Co. Investor Conference on Tuesday, May 24, in Santa Monica, Calif. at 1:00 p.m. PT. Release

And finally ... A rural Diller, Neb.-based meat company finds that having a broadband is helping it expand its business and create new jobs. Article