Tennessee resident builds his own FTTH network; Cincinnati Bell to announce Q1 2016 earnings on May 5

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Tennessee resident John "Thunder" Thornton spent $400,000 of his own money to build a fiber ISP in the hills of Tennessee, linking his network with a power cooperative in Stevenson Alabama over the border. Chattanooga Times Free Press article

> Cincinnati Bell will host a conference call on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of 2016. Release

> Digital content distribution startup EnterPlay is leveraging Level 3 Communications infrastructure, network, support and content distribution network (CDN) products. Release

> ZTE named CTO Zhao Xianming as its new chairman and CEO, replacing Shi Lirong, who has been in the role since 2010. WSJ article

> Nest, a smart-home company owned by Google's holding company Alphabet, is dropping support for a line of products. Business Insider article

Cable News
> Suddenlink has confirmed reports that it is charging users a premium to avoid broadband usage caps. Article

> Dish Network has signed separate multi-year agreements with Nielsen and comScore to provide the research companies with data from its network of pay-TV set-tops. Article

Wireless News
> Cricket made good on its recent promise to expand its retail footprint in a big way, announcing distribution deals with Best Buy and the lease-to-own retail chain Aaron's. Article

> Verizon plans to revive unlimited, flat-rate pricing next year -- but only for its corporate Internet of Things customers. Article

And finally … The shift from telephone based network technology to IP networks favors Carrier and Metro Ethernet. Ether Rabbit article

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