Verizon Labs expands relationship with EMC; Netflix continues to be most popular streaming video service

Wireline news from across the Web:

> Connect Ohio will stop conducting its broadband mapping, research and policy work at the end of the year unless it wins a last-minute renewal of state funding. Columbus Business First article

> Verizon Labs is expanding its relationship with EMC to help its customers make the business transition to cloud services. Release

> Windstream CFO Bob Gunderman said that by paying down debt, it has met its goal of spinning off its copper and fiber assets into a real estate investment trust. Telecompetitor article

> Netflix continues to be the Internet's most popular streaming video service by a wide margin, according to Sandvine's latest Global Internet Phenomena report. DSL Reports article

Cable News
> Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said the MSO's Worldbox set-top box "is finished and we're ready to deploy it." However, he hedged when questioned how long the carrier's rollout of Worldbox would take. Article

> The Communications Workers of America, which represents 300 Cablevision employees, has filed an official objection with the FCC to Altice's planned $17.7 billion acquisition of Cablevision, citing concerns that the company's sizable debt from the deal will require it to downsize and outsource much of the work. Article

Wireless News
> Cable companies including Comcast and Charter Communications continue to promise that they will eventually enter the mobile industry -- but what exactly they plan to do remains unclear. Article

> The financial analysts at Jefferies believe that Sprint could steal around 50,000 customers from T-Mobile US in the fourth quarter due to Sprint's recently announced half-off promotion. Article

And finally … Data centers have emerged as a competitive tool in the business landscape. Data Center Knowledge article