Google Fiber pulls free 5 Mbps service off market in Kansas City; Verizon using free HBO to push wireless

More cable news from across the web:

> Virtual MVPD fuboTV says it's offering TV Everywhere authentication on iOS and Android for beIN Sports. Multichannel News story

> Comcast says it will virtually conduct its 2016 annual shareholders meeting. Multichannel News story

Telecom News

> Google Fiber will stop offering its free 5 Mbps service in Kansas City, Missouri -- the first market it built into back in 2012 -- signaling that it wants to increase broadband margins while attracting more potential customers. Article

> AT&T and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) could not reach an agreement by the Saturday midnight expiration of their West Region wireline contract, but the two sides said they will continue to negotiate a new contract. Article

Wireless News

> Verizon and AT&T will likely report slowing growth during the first quarter, according to analysts at Evercore ISI, while Sprint's creative accounting will help the beleaguered carrier avoid bankruptcy for at least the next few months. And T-Mobile will probably post even larger subscriber gains that it had predicted. Article

> Verizon on Friday announced that new or upgrading customers will be eligible to receive three free months of HBO Now service -- a noteworthy offer considering the 6th season of HBO's popular Game of Thrones series is schedule to start later this month. Verizon's new promotion also stands as a counter to similar content offerings from T-Mobile US for MLB.TV Premium access and Sprint for Amazon Prime access. Article

And finally… Midco has acquired data center and managed IT services company Dataware, LLC for an undisclosed sum. Press release

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