Level 3 heats up network peering battle; Comcast plans customer support center in New Hampshire

More cable industry news from around the Web:

> Level 3 Communications provided a detailed explanation of network peering and cast aspersions on U.S. ISPs that slow Internet traffic in a blog item. (Interestingly, traffic to the blog itself seems to be bogged down.)

> Comcast plans to open a new 600-person customer support center in Hudson, N.H. this summer. Press release.

> The Vienna State Opera will use Elemental Technologies' video processing solutions to stream the world's first live production in 4K high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) delivered via MPEG-DASH over the Internet. Story

> Gemma Toner has been named senior vice president, business insights and strategy, a newly created role at Cablevision. Press release

> Subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat added 18,000 homes and is now available in 1.84 million households serving 3.8 million viewers every week. Story

> Smart TV and Connected TV app development specialist TV App Agency will add FOXXUM's Smart TV platform to its list of Smart TV platforms, set-top boxes and gaming consoles supported by their TV App Engine. Story

> NBCUniversal's Hispanic Enterprises and Content named Ruben Mendiola, president of cable channel mun2. Press release

Telecom News

> EarthLink reported that it narrowed its business service revenue losses to 4.3 percent to report a total of $234.3 million in revenues as its sales team made progress with extending the contracts with existing customers. This was an improvement over the 7.0 percent year-over-year decline the service provider reported in the fourth quarter of 2013. Full article

Wireless News

> Verizon Wireless will continue to respond to pricing changes in the market but is not going to go overboard in terms of a response, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo. Full article

And finally ... Virgin Media is launching new quad-play voice, video, data and wireless bundles available only to existing customers. Story