Obama administration asked to end support of backdoor surveillance; Prepare for global network operations spinoff, analyst says

Wireline news from across the web: 

> A group of technology companies and privacy advocates have asked the Obama administration to give up on its support of "backdoor" methods to gain access to encrypted communications for law enforcement purposes. The Hill article

> Service providers in a number of countries could spin off their network operations business from their businesses, says analyst John Strand. Total Telecom article

> nbn has launched Sky Muster, its first broadband satellite into orbit from the Guiana Space Centre in South America. TeleGeography article

> Level 3 Communications will release its third quarter 2015 results on Oct. 28, 2015 and host a call to discuss the results at 10 a.m. ET. Release

Cable News
> Sony has launched a new YouTube channel themed around 4K content, not only to promote its line of 4K/Ultra HD cameras, but also to spur growth in 4K usage by content creators. Article

> Verizon has transitioned its go90 mobile video service out of beta and into the general public's hands, launching iOS and Android apps for the free, ad-supported service, and unfurling its broader content library. Article

Online Video News
> As Verizon's new go90 mobile-focused OTT service rolls out, the provider is announcing a number of partnership deals designed to boost both its content offerings and its advertising inventory. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T said it is currently testing fixed wireless local loop technology in select areas of the country with local residents who want to try the service, including in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Virginia, and is seeing speeds of around 15 to 25 Mbps. Article

> AT&T wants to offer Wi-Fi calling services on the iPhone via Apple's new iOS 9 software, but that it is still waiting for an FCC waiver on rules that require calling services to also offer options for deaf and hard-of-hearing users. Article

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