Mediacom, John Deere team up on rural broadband; Univision struggles to find buyer

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Mediacom Communications and John Deere have jointly filed an expression of interest with the FCC outlining a plan to improve agricultural efficiency and production by driving fiber networks deeper into rural Iowa and connecting farming operations with wireless broadband services. Story

> Univision Communications' owners Haim Saban and his four private equity partners are trying to unload their stakes in the nation's biggest Spanish-language broadcaster, but they appear to be running into a brick wall--partly due to the $20-billion price tag for a company weighed down by $9 billion in debt, according to The Los Angeles Times. Story

> After taking a big hit earlier this year, Netflix's stock has climbed 21% in the last month after the company announced it is launching in Germany, France and four more European countries. Story

> Cinedigm will launch in early 2015 an over-the-top online movie subscription service with the The Dove Foundation, which provides ratings for family-friendly and faith-based content. Story

And finally... The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to defund warrantless searches of NSA-collected communications and prevent the agency and the CIA from requiring products to have "back doors" that allow them to more easily conduct searches. Story