Windstream to hold Q1 earnings call on May 5; BT uses Ryan Reynolds to promote new broadband speeds

Wireline news from across the web:

> Windstream will hold a conference call at 7:30 a.m. CDT on May 5 to review the company's first-quarter earnings results. Release

> BT announced a new "Behind the Scenes" advertising campaign, which aired on Saturday. Starring Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds, the humorous ad promotes the new BT Infinity faster speeds. Telecompaper article

> Frontier Communications was awarded a contract extension to provide communications services to PoolPak International, a manufacturer of indoor swimming pool dehumidification. Release

> ETSI's NFV work continues to gain steam, tackle challenges. RCR Wireless News article

> EarthLink will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss its first quarter 2016 financial results. Release

Cable News
> Cox Communications is extending its Connect2Compete low-cost broadband service to any household in its 18-state footprint receiving assistance from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Article

> Responding to customers who say they have been stiffed on promises of promotional gift cards, Time Warner Cable issued a statement to FierceCable saying the MSO has, in fact, issued thousands of cards and has set up a website to handle eligibility issues. Article

Installer News
> In a case being watched by installation companies involved -- or thinking about being involved -- with municipal broadband projects, Mediacom has added Cedar Rapids-based ImOn Communications to its ongoing court battle with Iowa City. Article

Online Video News
> Broadband TV, the Vancouver-based online video vendor that got its start, like other companies such as AwesomenessTV, within YouTube's multichannel network ecosystem, is now closing in on Google Sites and Facebook when it comes to monthly views of its video content. Article

Wireless News 
> Sprint announced the launch of its "LTE Plus" network across the New York metropolitan area, claiming it has doubled the speed and capacity of more than 900 2.5 GHz cell sites in the market since the beginning of the year. Article

> AT&T's prepaid service provider Cricket Wireless unveiled an unlimited talk, text and data plan for $70 a month, touting "a network that is bigger than T-Mobile's." Article

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