Nuage Networks extends SDN benefits to branch offices; Southern states have the lowest rates of household broadband connections

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> Nuage Networks extends SDN benefits to branch offices. Article

> Southern U.S. states have the lowest rates of homes connected to a broadband service, according to U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Article

> Costa Rica state-owned operator ICE has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to provision fiber-based services in 97 schools in the San Jose metro area. Article

Cable News
> Continuing to execute a public charm campaign under new customer service czar Charlie Herrin, Comcast intends to unwind the age-old cable industry practice of leaving customers in the dark all day as they wait for a technician. Article

> The House of Representatives passed a compromise version of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR), keeping intact language that would end the FCC's ban on set-top boxes with integrated security features. Article

Online Video News
> Multiscreen service provider MobiTV has partnered with TV Bank, one of Japan's largest online video providers, to help extend its new pay-TV service, BBTV Next, to connected devices for all its subscribers. Article

Wireless News
> Google has settled patent litigation with a consortium of companies backed by Apple, Microsoft and other tech giants, according to a court filing. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Article

> Bids in the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction keep climbing: After 20 rounds the auction has raised a total of $25.77 billion in provisionally winning bids. Article

And finally… Unified Communications is growing at a rapid pace, says Infonetics. Article