Google Fiber looks to Dallas expansion; Verizon has major Florida network outage

More cable news from across the web:

> Comcast has leased a 212,000-square-foot, five-story office building in a Denver business park. Denver Business Journal story

> Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios has acquired digital news company TheGrio. Multichannel News story

> Comcast Wholesale has signed an agreement to offer its upgraded HITS content distribution platform to NCTC companies. Press release

> Comcast Business has created a 16-site network for Oregon healthcare nonprofit LifeWorks NW. CED Magazine story

> Mediacom has launched RFD-TV in high definition. Press release

Telecom News

> Google Fiber is looking at Dallas as the next destination for its 1 Gbps FTTH service journey, laying a challenge to AT&T's established FTTH network. Article

> AT&T isn't letting up on its 1 Gbps fiber-based broadband initiative, announcing that it will expand the service in over 10 markets across its wireline footprint. Article

Installer News

> AT&T, like its other wireless competitors, is keen on the future capabilities that 5G wireless will bring. But in order to support those rollouts, which will be driven on small cells, the service provider will need access to various local infrastructure platforms. Article

> Verizon Wireless' Maintenance Engineering Department has approved Advanced RF Technologies' active fiber Distributed Antenna System (DAS) platforms, the ADX V Series and the ADX Series. Article

Online Video News

> How much would an online video viewer pay for a series – or even an individual episode – that they really want to watch? According to a viewer panel at the OTT Video Executive Summit, the price tag could be anywhere from $2 to $15 per episode. Article

> Reactions were decidedly mixed over the D.C. Circuit Court's decision on Tuesday to uphold the FCC's net neutrality laws. While Netflix applauded the ruling in a brief statement, other video industry organizations were not so sure. Article

Wireless News

> Facebook launched support for SMS within Messenger for Android, enabling users to send and receive traditional text messages without switching out of the app. Article

> Verizon suffered a two-and-a-half-hour network outage in major markets across Florida Tuesday night. First Coast News was among the first to report the outage, which affected users in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg and other cities. Citing the outage-tracking site Down Detector, the outlet said thousands of users couldn't make voice calls while others reported no data service. Article

And finally… Viacom board members say their efforts to meet with the 93-year-old head of the media company, Sumner Redstone, have been thwarted. Los Angeles Times story

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