Charter says strangely timed Tennessee PSA offer just a coincidence; Ethernet switch revenue jumped 5% in Q4

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> Charter Communications said the timing of an offer that went out to Tennessee lawmakers for free PSA air time the day after they voted on a bill that effectively killed municipal broadband was just a coincidence. Multichannel News story

> CableLabs' newly announced UpRamp accelerator program said it has opened up its patent pool for program participants. Blog post

> Denmark's Waoo! said it has officially deployed its latest hybrid set-top, which it first introduced at CES in January. Advanced Television story

Telecom News

> Driven by strong demand in North America and China, Ethernet switch revenue jumped 5 percent sequentially in the fourth quarter of 2015, surpassing what IHS Research said was $6 billion in quarterly revenue for "the first time ever" and reaching $22.6 billion for the entire year. Article

> Cincinnati Bell may be planning to wind down capital spending on its fiber build starting in 2017, but in the meantime the provider has built an aggressive foundation from which it can deliver a series of high-speed services in Cincinnati to residential and business customers. Article

Wireless News

> Apple will reportedly introduce a smaller, less-expensive iPhone in an effort to encourage loyal iPhone users to upgrade more often and to appeal to consumers who might be attracted to more affordable Android devices. Article

And finally… A majority of young adults polled in the U.K. said they value a good Internet connection more than access to daylight, hot water and the welfare system. Mirror story

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