TDS Tennessee struggles to reconnect customers after tornadoes; CenturyLink cloud platform selected by Israel's EXPIM

Wireline news from across the web:

> PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia confirmed that the operator now has over 1 million subscriptions to its IndiHome triple-play FTTH service, and is targeting 4 million by the end of this year. TeleGeography article

> Tornadoes in Tennessee on Dec. 23 left TDS customers in Wayne and Perry counties without phone or Internet service for up to seven days as the provider restored damaged telephone poles. Release

> Charter gained approval of its Time Warner Cable acquisition from New York state regulators today in exchange for providing 300 Mbps speeds to all customers by 2019 and continuing a cheap (but very slow) entry-level Internet service. ars technica article

> CenturyLink announced that the CenturyLink Cloud platform was selected by Israeli managed services provider EXPIM to power its private, public and hybrid cloud solutions. Release

Cable News
> While admitting that he's surprised at the impact that SVOD platforms like Netflix and Hulu have had on viewership for linear cable, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said time-shifting using DVRs is still having a bigger effect on traditional television. Article

> Time Warner Inc. has extend the contract of CEO Jeff Bewkes for three years. But the extension comes amid a New York Post report that an activist shareholder, institutionally run by a disciple of legendary corporate rabble rouser Carl Icahn, is pushing for a sale of the top media conglomerate. Article

Online Video News
> Robert Kyncl, YouTube's chief business officer, said virtual reality will be one of the few key drivers for Google's video strategy in the coming year. Article

Wireless News
> AT&T revived its unlimited data service plan, which will give the carrier's smartphone customers unlimited talking, texting and data for $100 per month for the first line and $40 per month for each additional line -- and the fourth line won't cost anything extra. Article

> Microsoft is testing a cellular data app that will enable Windows 10 devices to access LTE networks without a contract, according to The Verge. Article

And finally … Owning or leasing dark fiber assets gives you control of available bandwidth for demanding applications. Giga Packets article

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