Rural California broadband initiative falls apart; Ofcom warns U.K. consumers about phone scams

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> Richmond, Calif., and Internet Archive are working to deliver free Wi-Fi to low-income households. Article

> A $138 million initiative to bring broadband service to nearly 150,000 rural California households has fallen apart. Article

> Mexico's telecom regulator Ifetel has reached a decision on what service providers it considers to be dominant in the telecom and broadcasting sectors. Article

Cable News
> DirecTV is following the lead of competitor Dish Network and is in discussions with Walt Disney Co. to deliver Disney content such as ESPN, the Disney Channel and ABC to customers via an over-the-top Internet-based product. Article

> Time Warner Cable confirmed that Bill Goetz, a longtime Comcast executive who joined TWC in 2002, is resigning from his post as executive vice president and COO of residential services. Article

Online Video News
> Dish Network's carriage deal with Walt Disney Co. inked earlier this week gives it the right to deliver ESPN, the Disney Channel, ABC and other content via an over-the-top service that the company plans to launch soon. Article

Wireless News
> Sprint's team of technology and network executives is receiving a major shakeup, with Steve Elfman, president of network operations at Sprint, and Bob Azzi, the carrier's senior vice president of networks, leaving the company. Article

> AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the model that has prevailed in the U.S. wireless industry for years of customers getting subsidized devices in exchange for signing two-year contracts is radically shifting. Article

And finally… U.K.'s Ofcom warns consumers to not get spoofed by phone number scams. Post

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