Smaller telcos doubled residential broadband sub base, says FCC report; Verizon invested $348M in its Texas wireline network

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> Smaller service providers more than doubled their residential broadband subscriber base in the two-year period ended December 2012, according to a new report from the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau. Article

> Verizon invested over $348 million in its Texas fiber-optic and Internet Protocol-based networks. Article

> Telecom Italia is selling its historic headquarters in Milan's Via Negri to Fondo Inarcassa RE for $104 million. Article (sub. req.)

> Frontier Communications plans to release first-quarter 2014 results on Tuesday, May 6, after the market closes and it will host a conference call that day at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Release

> T-Systems is selling its Frankfurt-based subsidiary Individual Desktop Solutions (IDS) to Munich-based investment firm Aurelius. Article (sub. req.)

Cable News
> Amazon has ordered full seasons of six new original TV series for its Prime Instant streaming video service, including five programs that will be produced in 4K Ultra HD format. Article

> Former Comcast EVP of External Affairs Joe Waz has been named senior counselor of creative content protection at the company's NBCUniversal subsidiary. Article

Wireless News
> The FCC voted to move forward with rules for the auction of AWS-3 spectrum later this fall in what will be the most significant and sizable auction of airwaves since the 700 MHz auction in 2008. Article

> T-Mobile US is putting an end to discount rate plans for customers who have Advantage plans. Article

And finally… Telecom operators brace for the European Union net neutrality vote to limit service fees. Article