TDS to announce Q1 2016 earnings on May 6; BT Openreach reduces Ethernet service prices

Wireline news from across the web: 

> TDS will be webcasting their first quarter operating results conference call on May 6, 2016, at 9:30 a.m. central time. Release

> Ted Cruz and Nebraska Sen. Deb Fischer are pushing amendments that would make a few changes to the FCC Process Reform Act, which would prohibit the regulator from overturning state laws that ban state and local governments from offering broadband services. Techdirt article

> Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) has begun investigating possible monopolistic practices in the markets for interconnection services, access to broadband internet, direct internet business, access and sharing of active or passive infrastructure, and dark fiber services. Telecompaper article

> BT wholesale subsidiary Openreach has announced price reductions to its Ethernet products, including a broad range of leased line products such as such as Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) and Ethernet Backhaul Direct (EBD). ISPreview article

Cable News
> In a feature story tracking Comcast's steady march to movie-business power, Bloomberg connects the dots to how the MSO learned that the film biz can be consistently profitable if family hits are tied to theme park attractions and consumer products, much the way Disney has done it for decades. Article

> While not declaring his MSO's trials in New York of IP-based pay-TV services an outright success, Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Rob Marcus reported a mostly positive review during his company's last earnings call as a stand-alone company Thursday. Article

Online Video News
> NBC Olympics is making its first move to expand the availability of its coverage of the Summer Games online. The network has signed a deal with Snapchat to post highlights and create daily "live stories" using content from NBC as well as from athletes and attendees at the scene, all available on a dedicated channel via Snapchat's mobile app. Article

Wireless News
> The incentive auction of prized 600 MHz spectrum still faces some major challenges, but the FCC is clearly off to a good start. Article

> Sprint announced two new funding deals aimed at providing an additional $3.1 billion in liquidity as the company continues to try to make ends meet this year. Article

And finally … Massimo Ferrari, director of cloud management strategy at Red Hat, says hybrid cloud offers an opportunity to improve security. The Stack article