Smaller cable operators jump for DOCSIS 3.1, PON; Texas school district taps Ciena, Phonoscope to build 100G network

Wireline news from across the Web:

> City councils in Toronto and Ottawa voiced their opinions on Bell Canada's appeal of a CRTC ruling on Internet infrastructure. article

> Hughes Network Systems has completed implementation of a managed enterprise network for the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Release

> A growing number of small and mid-sized cable operators are planning to leverage both DOCSIS 3.1 and PON technologies to enhance broadband speeds. LightReading article

> Texas' Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) has tapped Phonoscope Lightwave and Ciena to build it a 100G private optical network. Release

> India's tax office has issued UK-based Vodafone a demand for a payment of $2.08 billion) in relation to the group's 2007 acquisition of Vodafone India, threatening to seize the company's assets if it fails to make the payment. TeleGeography article

Cable News
> Comcast's first-ever campaign to promote its X1 platform by leveraging Twitter influencers is apparently going well. Article

> AT&T has stopped manufacturing set-top boxes for its U-verse pay-TV service and is looking to migrate all of its video customers to its DirecTV platform, according to Bloomberg. Article

Installer News
> The Telecommunications Industry Registered Apprenticeship Program (TIRAP) and the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) are teaming up to promote skills development for telecommunications tower workers. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon is bringing back its offer to give new or existing customers 24 GB of extra data every year when they upgrade or activate a new phone on its equipment installment plan, reviving a promotion the carrier ran during the holidays. Article

> Verizon owns the most valuable brand of any telecom operator, according to a new report from Brand Finance, outpacing rival AT&T. Article

And finally … Why Seattle is mapping #broadband speeds across the city. GeekWire article