Liberty Global kicks of DOCSIS 3.1 tests; Turner enables binge viewing via VOD

More cable news from across the Web:

> Liberty Global is testing DOCSIS 3.1 and preparing for live trails in 2016, according to company vice chairman and CEO Mike Fries. Digital TV Europe article

> Alaska's General Communications Inc. (GCI) has purchased cloud computing company Network Business Systems for an undisclosed sum. Release

> The American Cable Association has called on the FCC to retain the enhanced transparency exemption for smaller broadband ISPs. Release

> Encouraging on-demand binge viewing, Turner Networks said that every single episode of truTV's Impractical Jokers and TNT's Cold Justice made available on a variety of platforms and devices. Turner is also offering a VOD sneak peak of the new TNT series Public Morals. Release

Telecom News

> AT&T Southeast workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union have voted to authorize a strike days before the current contract expires on midnight on Saturday, Aug. 8. Article

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not opposed to ILECs transitioning off their TDM networks and shutting down aging copper in lieu of fiber, but he said it should be done responsibly. Article

Wireless News

> Verizon Wireless is shaking up its shared data plan pricing, cutting both prices and access line charges for devices while eliminating some data tiers. The carrier said that its new rate plan structure will be simpler and appeal to the vast majority of its customers. Article

And finally… Novelist Andy Weir, author of The Martian, claims a Comcast customer service rep gave a hacker the needed passwords to take over his social media and email accounts. DSL Reports article