New York State seeks applicants for $500M broadband program; Cisco to acquire Leaba Semiconductor for $320M

Wireline news from across the Web:

> New York state is seeking applicants for the first phase of its $500 million broadband program, which is designed to bring Internet service into more parts of the state. New York Business Journal article

> Lightpath won an agreement to implement a 1,000-seat cloud-based voice system for Sarah Lawrence College in Westchester County, N.Y. Release

> Cisco is acquiring Israel-based Leaba Semiconductor for $320 million in cash, plus additional retention-based incentives. WSJ article

> Accedian announced that its network solution is being utilized by global telecommunication solutions provider Hibernia Networks to provide tiered termination aggregation services. Release

> eir will connect 100,000 homes and businesses -- spread across 200 communities in all 26 counties of Ireland -- to fiber-based broadband speeds of up to 1 Gbps over the next 12 months. TeleGeography article

Cable News
> TiVo added another 318,000 subscriptions through cable-operator partnerships in the last quarter, bringing its total MSO reach to 5.47 million. Article

> Failing to make a splash in the virtual pay-TV market 12 months after debuting in a handful of U.S. cities, Sony has announced significant price reduction to the base tier of its PlayStation Vue service. Article

Installer News
> While its investors are worried that AT&T's ongoing integration of DirecTV will impact truck rolls for contracted installers, José Ramón Mas, president and CEO of installer MasTec, said the merger should "grow the pie" for his company. Article

Online Video News
> For e-sports, it's on: Yahoo has just launched its own dedicated website to cover the booming electronic sports and gaming industry, dubbing it Yahoo Esports. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon said it will team with Hearst on a joint venture to develop mobile video aimed at millennials that will be distributed across its Go90 and AOL properties as well as through third-party networks. Article

> The new CEO of AT&T's entertainment business said that the carrier is working to combine the sale of content and video services alongside its wireless offerings, just like the carrier and its rivals have done in year's past on the wired Internet side of the telecommunications market. Article

And finally …  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told lawmakers on Wednesday that he would not make an "ironclad commitment" to resign under the next president. The Hill article