New York issues RFI for broadband expansion project; BT Business launches digital-first campaign

Wireline news from across the web:

> OFS expanded its product line with the introduction of TeraWave ULL optical fiber. Release (PDF)

> Equinix's board of directors declared a special distribution of $627 million, or approximately $10.95 per share based on the number of shares currently outstanding to its common stockholders, in connection with Equinix's conversion to a real estate investment trust. Release

> Digital New England sessions in Portland, Maine discussed how to expand high-speed access in driving economic growth. Portland Press Herald article

> The state of New York has issued a request for information on a broadband expansion project. Civic Source article

> BT Business has launched a new digital-first campaign in the UK to increase brand awareness, and promote power of relationships in business and the role of communication and BT in creating them. Release

Cable News
> With attendance and cash flow bubbling over for its theme parks business, Comcast has announced that it is paying $1.5 billion for a controlling interest in Universal Studios Japan. Article

> Shedding light on the FCC's rationale for rejecting Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable earlier this year, agency general counsel John Sallet said concerns over how the merged cable giant would handle online video competition weighed most heavily in the FCC's decision-making. Article

Installer News
> New service features from Dish Network and Comcast offer Uber-like transparency to customers, letting them know not only know the ETA and location status of the technician who's about to visit their home, but their name, as well. Article

Wireless News
> Under a new promotion, Samsung said it will pay up to $120 to customers who purchase one of the company's new Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 smartphones. Article

> According to a new report, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless and AT&T won't sell the new Nexus smartphones that Google is widely expected to announce during a media event tomorrow. Article

And finally … FCC Commissioner O'Reilly has recommended changes to the way "Team Telecom" operates. FCC post

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