NTCA talks 'smart' rural communities; Software-defined networking overcomes the hype

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@FierceTelecom RT @Teresa Mastrangelo: 2012 FCC broadband data: 55 percent of fixed broadband greater than 10 Mbps. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> The NTCA will discuss what makes a smart rural community during its Jan. 8 webcast. Post

> Executives from Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., and United States Cellular Corporation are presenting at the Citi 2014 Global Internet, Media and Telecommunication Conference on Jan. 7 at 9:45 a.m. PST. Release

> Competition for classic point to point connections now includes Metro E and MPLS. Article

Cable News

> Charter Communications said the feed for a CBS affiliate in Hartford, Conn., was restored Wednesday afternoon, hours after it blacked out the feed as a result of a contract dispute. Article

> Just 4 percent of respondents in a survey conducted about TV Everywhere services know their login info to access sites such as HBO Go, according to technology firm RAMP. Article

Online Video News

> TV broadcasters asked a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to keep Aereo out of an appeal involving fellow streaming provider FilmOn X last week. Article

Wireless News

> Sprint may be bringing back the Nextel brand to lure enterprise customers back into the fold, according to a TechCrunch report. Article

> T-Mobile US CEO John Legere laid out some of the carrier's priorities for 2014, with a vow to "transform" the wireless industry after shaking it up in 2013. Article

And finally … Software-defined networking climbs out of the hype cycle. Article