Apple iOS ad-blocking yields little impact; Cox gives free access to Omaha hot spots

More cable news from across the web:

> Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts will deliver the Dan Aaron Lecture on Innovative Management during the 2016 Cable Executive Management program at Harvard Business School. Rapid TV News story

> Cox Communications has made its 600 Wi-Fi hotspots in and around Omaha, Neb. free to all users through June. Omaha World Harold story

> Liberty Global's VC arm has led a $3 million investment into CallVU, an Israeli a developer of mobile platforms for call centers. Multichannel News story

Telecom News

> Level 3 Communications says that if the FCC moves to place privacy regulations on wholesale and enterprise voice, the regulator should update the current regulations because the needs of this segment differ from consumer voice services. Article

Installer News

> Windstream's plans to equip more of the buildings in its footprint with fiber to deliver business services over its own facilities to reduce dependency on wholesale services from AT&T and Verizon will benefit Dycom and other construction providers. Article

> AT&T has continued to find ways to expand its fiber footprint for residents and like other service providers sees the micro-trenching as a key tool in its FTTH installation toolbox. Article

Online Video News

> Last September, much ado was made about a feature in Apple's iOS 9 which made it possible to build and install ad blocking apps on Apple devices -- which would keep ads from showing up within the Safari browser or in apps' "webview" component. However, their impact appears to be negligible: over a seven-month period, only 4.5 million iOS ad blocking apps have been downloaded globally, a new PageFair study reports, and just 1.9 million of those downloads were in the United States. Article

> Multiplatform content aggregator theSkimm, which last month launched a subscription app and intends to have online video content available in the future, got a shot in the arm from 21st Century Fox (21CF), which led an $8 million Series B funding round for the startup. Article

Wireless News

> Sprint parent SoftBank confirmed it will sell at least $7.9 billion of its stake in Alibaba to bolster its finances as its U.S. carrier continues to struggle. Article

> Xiaomi will buy roughly 1,500 patents from Microsoft in a deal that will see the Chinese manufacturer install copies of software such as Office and Skype on its phones and tablets. Article

And finally… A new report compiled by Ericsson suggests that U.S. consumers could be using as much as 22 GB of data every month by 2021. Phone Arena story