Charter gets spot on ballot in tax fight; Telefonica ready to pay $1B for Digital Plus

More cable industry news from around the Web:

> Charter Communications cleared its last hurdle to begin gathering signatures for a ballot measure intended to reverse a 329 percent property tax increase  from $1.7 million in 2009 to $7.3 million in 2010. Story.

> Time Warner Cable CEO Robert D. Marcus sold 16,000 shares of company stock worth $2,272 million. Story.

> NanoTech Entertainment issued a press release to claim that its all 4K Ultra HD IPTV and Over-the-Top streaming video service UltraFlix now offers the world's largest library of 4K VOD content. Press release.

> The Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica is willing to cough up about $1 billion for a majority stake in the pay TV provider Digital Plus. Story.

> Cable, phone and Internet provider UPC Ireland gained 71,400 total subscribers in the first quarter. Story.

Telecom News

> Telus has launched an ambitious plan to invest more than $1.2 billion to expand its wireline fiber and wireless networks to reach more customers in Quebec through 2016. Full article.

Wireless News

> The lobbying fight is heating up over whether the FCC will approve rules that could limit how much spectrum Verizon Wireless and AT&T can bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadband spectrum. T-Mobile US has fired the latest salvo, arguing that the FCC has the authority to issue such rules and that they will enhance competition, not lead to the failure of the auction. Full article.

And finally … Swisscom gained 52,000 new IPTY customers to reach a total of 1.05 million customers. Story.

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