Sonic joins 43 other advocates calling to reform NSA's data collection methods; AT&T invests $7.4B in California's wireline, wireless networks

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@FierceTelecom RT @Ciena: 5 years later: Did the U.S. National Broadband Plan spur innovation? Here's what the stats say. Article | Follow @FierceTelecom

> Satellite broadband is good for business, says Orange Business. Post

> Sonic has joined 43 other advocates, companies and organizations in urging the White House and Congress to move forward with reform around the National Security Agency's methods for bulk collection of data. Release

> Brazil's antimonopoly agency–the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) --approved, with certain conditions, Telefonica's acquisition of French media group Vivendi's Brazilian telco division Global Village Telecom (GVT). Article

> AT&T has invested nearly $7.4 billion in its wireless and wired networks in California from 2012 through 2014. Release

Cable News
> Delays, delays, nothing but delays... With the FCC once again suspending its regulatory review process, Comcast once more pushed back its expected close of its proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable. Article

> In a video programming business that will be increasingly dominated by over-the-top distribution and skinnier bundles, "reach"--the actual percentage of viewers that watch a channel over a set time period--will have a much greater role in defining consumer pricing. Article

Wireless News
> T-Mobile US affiliate iWireless plans to launch its first LTE network in Iowa late in the third quarter of this year and struck a nationwide LTE roaming deal with T-Mobile. Article

> Verizon Wireless may have scored big in the FCC's recent $45 billion AWS-3 spectrum auction by securing more $10.8 billion in new spectrum in major markets, but one financial analyst believes that the operator is in dire need of more spectrum. Article

And finally… @TechFreedom: The problem with the supposed 4 million comments submitted in support of #NetNeutrality: almost no one really gets it. Article

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