Verizon employees assist in Nepal relief efforts; Level 3 to speak at Cowen investor event

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> After the April 25 earthquake that devastated Nepal, Verizon announced that it would waive call charges to the country and rally its employees and customers to help out those affected. Release

> French telecom regulator Arcep announced that the expert committee on copper networks has concluded its "investigative procedure" and has delivered a favorable opinion that could set the stage for fiber-to-the-distribution point (FTTdp) deployments. Article

> Level 3's executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Laurinda Pang, will present at the Cowen and Company 43rd Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on May 27 in New York at 9:30 a.m. ET. Release

> Orange gets green light from the European Commission to proceed with its acquisition of Spanish broadband provider Jazztel. Article

Cable News
> Seeking to turn its on-demand programming into a product feature that can better compete with OTT services like Hulu, DirecTV has officially launched its "72 Hour Rewind" feature. Article

> Pay-TV operators around the world will aggressively deploy over-the-top services like Dish Network's Sling TV over the next five years to stave off cord-cutting, but these services will result in lower margins overall for the global industry. Article

Wireless News
> Verizon Wireless is changing its Edge equipment installment plan (EIP) so that customers will need to pay off the full cost of their devices before they upgrade. Article

> Mozilla is shifting its focus with its Firefox OS away from ultra-low-cost smartphones and more toward working with partners to create smartphones with compelling features that may not be as cheap, according to a CNET report. Article

And finally… A group of cyber attackers developed a Web-based attack tool to hijack routers on a large scale when users visit compromised websites or view malicious advertisements in their browsers. Article