Comcast hires 76 lobbyists to push TWC deal; Dish promotes Swain

More cable industry news from around the Web:

> Comcast has registered 76 lobbyists from 24 firms to push its $45.2 billion Time Warner Cable acquisition, according to first quarter 2014 filings with the Senate Office of Public Records. Story

> Dish Network promoted Steven Swain to senior vice president-programming where he will head acquisition of and renewal of programming content. Story

> Hallmark Channel is going TV Everywhere by making a variety of content available to subscribers of over 200 authenticated MPVD affiliates, including Cox, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS. Story

> Dutch telco KPN added 62,000 IPTV subscribers in the first quarter and now claims 26 percent of the TV market. Story

> CenturyLink is launching high-speed Internet in the Dunlora and Dunlora Forest, Va. areas where qualified customers will be able to get speeds up to 100 Mbps. Story

Telecommunications News

> Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's proposal to expand broadband services in rural areas suffered a major setback as the state's House of Representatives voted against the bill, reports The Des Moines Register. Full article

Wireless News

> In its most recent quarter, Sprint reported improving financials, but the company lost 231,000 postpaid customers and 364,000 prepaid customers. However, Sprint promised to reverse that trend in the second half of this year by posting positive net customer adds in the final six months of 2014. Further, the company said that it has embarked on a marketing campaign touting "America's Newest Network," now available in 20 cities, intended to highlight its more reliable and faster wireless network. Full article

And finally … Orange gained IPTV subscribers in France, Poland and Spain in the first quarter. Story