Google Fiber puts expansion on hold; Sony Pictures hack may be North Korean practice run

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Google Fiber is delaying the announcement of its next expansion markets. Story

> TDS Telecom has set an aggressive plan to expand its fiber network with plans to lay 800-900 miles of cable in 2015, a build that will support its ongoing deployment of 1 Gbps capable fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) services. Story

> North Korean defectors say the attack on Sony Pictures' IT network may have been a practice run for the rogue nation's elite hacker army as it works up to taking down the telecoms and energy grids of rival states. Story

> Comcast executives will neither confirm or deny plans to close Time Warner Cable call centers in Upstate New York if the merger of the two companies is approved by federal regulators next year. Story

> Journal Broadcast Group announced that it has renewed its retransmission agreement with Dish Network. Story

> Google suspects the Motion Picture Association of America is working with its studio constituents to revive SOPA. Corporate blog post

And finally … The FCC has proposed requiring cable and satellite pay-TV operators, as well as radio stations, to post their public files to a commission-administrated online database. Story