ViaSat-1 satellite launches; Uruguay's Antel connects first FTTH customer

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@FierceTelecom RT @DSLReports: Bell backs off throttling speeds on wholesale broadband customers. Article | [email protected]FierceTelecom

> ViaSat-1 went into orbit Wednesday on schedule, launching from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan without any reports of problems. Article

> Connect Alaska is working with the Alaska Broadband Task Force and the Dept. of Commerce to promote broadband access across the state through partnerships with government, business and universities. Article

> Uruguay's state-owned service provider Antel has connected the first household to its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network, with plans to connect about 30,000 households to the network by the end of the year and around 240,000 homes by the end of 2012. Article

> Time Warner Cable gives users a look at how an underground steam pipe started a fire that damaged its fiber cable in New York City on its "Untangled" blog. Article

> Silver Lake Partners and Microsoft are contemplating a joint purchase of Yahoo! Article

> Alaska Communications Systems will report Q3 2011 results shortly after markets close on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Release

> Emerging DSL technologies, including VDSL2, are creating a ripe test and measurement market, says Release

And finally ... Gigaom asks what a fight for broadband tells us about democracy. Article