Telecom Italia to focus on investment growth; Wi-Fi equipment makers look to Wave2 iteration

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> Blandin Foundation awards #broadband grants across rural Minnesota. Article

> Telecom Italia's CEO Marco Patuano said it is ready to move past a fixation with debt reduction and will let investment growth guide its strategy. Article

> Equipment manufacturers are looking forward to the next iteration of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, dubbed Wave 2, which promises capacities reaching 7.8 Gbps. Network World

> Sckipio Technologies and iPhotonix announced a partnership to ensure easy deployment and management of DPU devices by telcos globally. Release

Cable News
> A young security researcher says he's uncovered a vulnerability in a Charter Communications customer service site that could expose sensitive customer information. Article

> News that Luxembourg-based telecom conglomerate Altice SA is buying Suddenlink Communications helped spike Cablevision shares as high as 18 percent Wednesday, with analysts and investors speculating that the Bethpage, N.Y., MSO could be next in line for acquisition. Article

Online Video News
> Confirming rumors that circulated earlier this month, Spotify announced it is expanding from audio streaming to video, offering licensed programming from major media companies, original content and video podcasts. Article

Wireless News
> T-Mobile US and Sprint's Boost Mobile prepaid brand are unveiling dueling sets of promotions aimed at the prepaid market just ahead of Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer. Article

> Sprint has hired a new CMO, former Bell Media executive Kevin Crull, who will be charged with revitalizing Sprint's brand as CEO Marcelo Claure continues his turnaround efforts. Article

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