Seattle looks at building broadband network again; CenturyLink, others look for ways to offer cloud without owning data centers

Wireline news from across the Web:

> E-commerce sales are expected to reach $1 trillion in 2016. Ericsson blog post

> Level 3 Communications' Financing subsidiary has completed its previously announced offering of $900 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.375 percent senior notes due 2024 in a private offering to "qualified institutional buyers." Release

> Seattle looks at building its own broadband network, which would include deploying fiber to the city's North Beacon Hill neighborhood. DSLReports article

> A total of 55,000 small to medium UK businesses have benefited from the government's Connection Voucher scheme, which provided grants of up to £3,000 ($4,558) to help smaller UK businesses get a 30 Mbps broadband service installed at their location. ISPreview article

> CenturyLink, Windstream and other telcos are looking ways to offer cloud services without owning data centers. CRN article

Cable News
> Comcast executives continue to fight for a franchise renewal in their headquarters city, facing off with local lawmakers in a marathon, five-hour Philadelphia City Council meeting Thursday, according to reports from the event. Article

> A federal judge has overturned an Oklahoma jury's decision to make Cox Communications pay up to $19 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the cable company coerced customers into leasing set-tops. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T Mobility is letting its Mobile Share Value customers roam freely when in Mexico and is also giving those subscribers extra data to use when south of the border. Article

> Verizon Wireless will start charging a $20 fee to customers who activate new lines of service on Verizon's "device payment option," its equipment installment plan. Article

And finally …Will the Ericsson/Cisco alliance work or simply break? The Register article