Telecom Italia offered $1B for Argentinian division; R&E provider Merit expands 10G network into rural Michigan

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> Telecom Italia gets $1 billion offer for Argentinean division. Article

> Merit, Michigan's educational network, completed the buildout of a 10 Gbps connection between Alpena and Powers, Mich. Article

> Fiber-based services led growth in the Dutch broadband market in Q2 2013, according to a market monitor from regulator ACM. Article (sub. req.)

Cable News

> John Malone's Liberty Global cable company added 314,000 subscribers in the third quarter thanks to a surge in customers signing up for triple-play packages that combine phone, Web and TV service. Article

> Scripps Networks Interactive, the parent company of the Food Network, HGTV and the Travel Channel, reported its third quarter revenues were up 9 percent over the prior year, but the company also saw its expenses shoot up 13 percent, to $355 million, because of higher programming costs. Article

Wireless News

> AT&T Mobility said it will install the Lookout Mobile Security application on most of its new Android phones, which is intended to help customers stem the advance of threatening mobile applications. Article

> Qualcomm, the world's largest supplier of silicon to smartphones, warned that its growth rate would slow next year due to increases in the sale of less expensive phones, among other reasons. Article

And finally … ITU says that for rural broadband, it's time for "Business Unusual." Post