tw telecom, Level 3 deal faces shareholder firm scrutiny; Iraq suffered two large Internet outages, says Renesys

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@FierceTelecom RT @ CNWTechnology: Canadian study finds nearly 60 percent of organizations believe they can't stop data theft. Release | Follow @FierceTelecom

> Andrews & Springer LLC is investigating potential breach of fiduciary duty claims against the board of directors of tw telecom relating to the sale of the company to Level 3 Communications. Release

> Internet monitoring firm Renesys has confirmed that it observed two large outages in Iraq late last week, as the government bids to stem the use of broadband by militant Sunni group ISIS for the coordination of its violent attacks. Article

> According to Telecompaper's quarterly report, the number of Dutch broadband connections has grown by 0.6 percent during the first quarter of this year, reaching 6.79 million connections. Article (sub. req.)

Cable News
> With the top four pay-TV services seeking regulatory approvals to combine into just two companies, the major media conglomerates are seriously pondering their own unions to offset what could be an advantage in bargaining power. Article

> Time Warner Cable executive Matthew Siegel has been named CFO of "SpinCo," the temporarily named new cable company being launched in a joint venture by Charter Communications and Comcast, it was announced Monday. Article

Online Video News 
> Exclusive rights to sporting events isn't going to help cable companies hold on to increasingly frustrated subscribers, a pay-TV consulting firm says. Article

Wireless News
> Amazon is poised to introduce its first smartphone at an event on June 18, according to various reports, but a big question hanging over the launch is: why? Article

> As the FCC continues to stream a flood of comments on its net neutrality proposal, one aspect that will likely get more attention than it did in 2010 when the commission last tried to craft rules on the issue is whether wireless networks should be put on equal footing with wired ones. Article

And finally… NASA's ESnet (Energy Science Network) is a set of private pipes that has demonstrated cross-country data transfers of 91 gigabits per second. Article

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