VDSL2 vectoring demand rises; Verizon offers Hurricane Sandy victims a credit for "vacation" fees

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> Verizon will offer customers affected by Hurricane Sandy credit for "vacation" fees. Article

> Republican Representative Darrell Issa has proposed a two-year ban on all new federal legislation regulating the Internet. Article

> Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's broadband plan incited interest from a number of large telecom players including Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Verizon, Level 3 and Motorola Solutions. Article

> Globe Telecom purchased a nearly 92 percent stake of the total outstanding debt of Lopez-controlled Bayan Telecommunications. Article

Cable News

> TiVo said it will complete software integration needed for cable MSOs such as Mediacom and GCI to deploy a Pace XG1 gateway running TiVo's user interface next year. Article

> Time Warner Cable introduced a "Voicemail to Text" feature for its home phone service that lets subscribers receive voicemail transcriptions through emails or text messages sent to mobile phones. Article

Enterprise Communications News

> The Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets may never be friendly on the basketball court, but both have one thing in common: they use ShoreTel as their unified communications provider. Article


> Comcast has a new IPTV-based set-top box that was approved by the FCC and could be released next year as part of the MSO's Xfinity service. Article

Online Video News

> Mexico's Totalmovie plans to launch an Internet-based live television service in 2013 that it will make available to consumers using Web- and Internet-connected devices like TVs, smartphones, tablets, streaming players and video consoles. Article

And finally… Syria is suffering an Internet blackout, which reports say is part of a government effort to restrict the flow of communications as fighting between rebels and the government of President Bashar al-Assad escalates. Article