Rancho Santa Fe approves Hotwire fiber broadband build; Cincinnati Bell's Torbeck isn't afraid of Charter

Wireline news from across the web:

> The government of New Zealand says that 1.2 million premises are now able to access high speed internet services under its two network development projects. TeleGeography article

> The San Diego-area community of Rancho Santa Fe approved a letter of intent with Hotwire Communications to build out a 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps speed fiber-optic network to every home. Government Technology article

> Megaport, a provider of SDN-based elastic interconnection services, named Daniel Ryan as VP of sales for North America. Release

> VoIP-Pal, a Bellevue-based company, has filed a $2.8 billion lawsuit against Apple over patent used in FaceTime and iMessage. iDownloadBlog article

> Cincinnati Bell's Torbeck says Charter's pending entry into Cincinnati won't drive the company to adjust current prices on its DSL and Fioptics offerings yet. Cincinnati Business Courier article

Cable News
> Proving once again that it wants to compete in every sector of the video business, Amazon has launched a YouTube-like service that lets video creators share and monetize their content. Article

> ESPN today announced it has officially settled with Verizon after the sports network sued the MSO over its Custom TV skinny bundle. ESPN said the terms of the new settlement will not be disclosed. Article

Installer News
> AT&T and DAS provider Mobilitie have released some numbers for mobile data usage rates at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby, including what the companies are calling a record of 815 GB used during a single hour. Article

Wireless News
> U.S. tower companies have seen their shares generally hold firm despite concerns about carriers' network strategies as the industry moves toward 5G. Article

> Rivada Networks, a startup that launched in Ireland but now operates offices in Washington, D.C. and Colorado, announced that former Sprint CFO Joseph Euteneuer will join the company as co-CEO. Article

And finally … Artificial intelligence in the cloud promises to be the next great disrupter. Financial Times article