U.S. House tries to block FCC's broadband rate regulations; Zhone to acquire Dasan Network Solutions

Wireline news from across the web:

> The U.S. House is driving new legislation that would hamstring the FCC's ability to regulate broadband rates under its proposed "No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act." Techdirt article

> Zhone Technologies has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Dasan Network Solutions. Release

> Brazil's Ministry of Communications has published guidelines for the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) to follow when reviewing the current regulatory model for telecoms services. TeleGeography article

> Members of Incompas elected 13 companies to serve on its board of directors for the 2016-2018 term. Release

> USA Fiber has activated one of the largest telecom carriers in the United States on its newly installed dark fiber platform in Ashburn, Va. Release

Cable News
> After signaling plans to move into the wireless business, Comcast appears to be staffing up for the effort. Article

> With Google having made the Beltway rounds several months ago, showing off a device that supposedly encompasses FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plan for unlocking the leased pay-TV set-top, opponents of the proposal have prepped their own presentation. Article

Installer News
> Crown Castle announced late last week that it has bought Tower Development Corporation (TDC), a portfolio company owned by investment firm Berkshire Partners, for approximately $461 million in cash. Article

Online Video News
> For the first time, Netflix led the pack in a Morgan Stanley-conducted viewer survey on original content. The SVOD provider was picked by 29 percent of respondents as having the best original programming, beating out HBO, which scored just 18 percent. Article

Wireless News
> HTC introduced its latest flagship phone, unveiling a high-end device with predictably compelling specs. Article

> Verizon fired back at Bernie Sanders' claim that it doesn't pay its fair share of taxes, heightening tensions between the nation's largest carrier and some 40,000 of its workers preparing to strike on Wednesday. Article

And finally … Verizon's copper-to-fiber drive is upsetting some wireline customers. Philly.com article