Verizon reports incidents on network rose 100% during strike; Primus offers 50 Mbps speeds to businesses, consumers

Wireline news from across the web:

> The U.S. Supreme Court approved a rule change that would let judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction, not just their own. Reuters article

> Guyana's long-delayed Telecommunications Bill is due to be presented to the National Assembly by the end of May this year, following months of consultations with mobile operators Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) and Digicel Guyana. TeleGeography article

> Verizon reported a more than 100 percent increase in the number of suspected incidents of sabotage in the past two weeks that it says have cut off thousands of Verizon customers from critical wireline services. Release

> Primus is now offering speeds of up to 50 Mbps in British Columbia and Alberta across a variety of unlimited and usage-based offerings for residential customers and businesses. Telecompaper article

> Unlimited wireline broadband is about be phased out in Brazil, according to the country's telecommunications regulator Anatel. ZDNet article

Cable News
> Once again finding itself at odds with former cable-industry lobbyist and current FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the NCTA blasted a divided FCC vote this morning to propose new regulations for business broadband. Article

> In a move aimed at further boosting its thriving NBCUniversal film, consumer products and theme parks operations, Comcast said it will pay around $3.8 billion to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. Article

Installer News
> Time Warner Cable just made life a little more annoying for cable techs who don't like to be micro-managed. Article

Online Video News
> The investor rebellion against online video and social media stocks appears to be continuing after Twitter's shares fell 13 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday following a first-quarter earnings report that missed analyst estimates by over $13 million. Article

Wireless News
> Cypress Semiconductor said it will spend $550 million to acquire Broadcom's IoT business in the latest move centered on the burgeoning market of connected devices. Article

> The FCC today reaffirmed its decision to create the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the 3.5 GHz band and took steps to finalize the rules for a new experimental sharing regime, making 150 MHz available for mobile broadband and other commercial uses. Article

And finally … Tests conducted by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority show that internet speeds are generally slower in the west, according to measurements from 60,000 locations across the country. CBC news article

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