Frontier scores $283M from FCC's Connect America Fund; DirecTV on the hook for $8.5M in back taxes, penalties

More cable news from across the Web:

> Frontier Communications said it will get $283 million from the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II in order to deploy broadband to more than 650,000 rural locations throughout the company's 28-state service area. Release

> WTHR in Indianapolis and WBNS in Ohio are no longer available on Dish Network's service due to a dispute between the company and Dispatch Broadcast Group. TVpredictions article

> After a losing a court battle over the issue, DirecTV may have to pay more than $8.5 million in back taxes and penalties. Post and Courier article

> Discovery Communications' international unit, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, purchased Setanta Sports Asia for an undisclosed sum. Multichannel News article

> Joel Stillerman is now in charge of programming for AMC and its SundanceTV offering. Variety article

> According to a new Deadline article, Fox's upfront ad sales are down slightly from last year. Deadline article

Telecom News

> The Broadband Forum has wrapped up its G.fast equipment plugfest as part of its ongoing program to drive widespread G.fast certification. Article

> Comcast is ramping up its 2 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) campaign, announcing that it will bring its Gigabit Pro service to about 1.5 million homes in Michigan. Article

Online Video News

> According to a new Digitalsmiths study, 32.4 percent of current cable, satellite and IPTV subscribers say they're "on the fence" about keeping their service and would need enticement to stay. Article

> "It's all the same bits," SeaChange CEO Jay Samit told an audience at the opening session of the OTT Executive Summit in New York. "It's the business models and legal issues that hold back technology." Article

Installer News

> According to FierceInstaller Editor Jeff Moore, the cell tower industry still has a long ways to go to improve tower climber safety. Editor's Corner

> Cable companies may see higher pole attachment rates thanks to the FCC's net neutrality rules. Article

European Wireless News

> Huawei has vowed to put Europe in the forefront of a new digital industrial era. Article

Wireless News

> Microsoft is reshuffling its leadership team, and devices chief Stephen Elop is leaving the company as part of the shakeup. Article

> According to CTIA: U.S. mobile data traffic increased 26 percent in 2014. Article

And finally… Dish Network won a legal case against a former employee who used medical marijuana. CNN article

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