Qualcomm gets expanded powers to test LTE-U; California lawmakers discuss Verizion-Frontier switchover

More cable news from across the web:

> The FCC further expanded authority given to Qualcomm to test LTE-U with T-Mobile US. Multichannel News story

> Google said it has begun construction on a fiber network in Huntsville, Ala. Blog post

> Time Warner Cable said it will begin transitioning cable TV customers in Milwaukee and other parts of Southern Wisconsin to all digital. CED Magazine story

> Subscription music service Spotify has announced 12 new original video series. Bloomberg story

Telecom News

> Windstream continues to expand its last-mile network fiber build, a move that will lessen its reliance on third-party providers and provide higher speed services for its business customer base. Article

Wireless News

> Zero-rated mobile data offerings may skirt net neutrality principles, but one civil rights group claims they're an effective way for low-income users to access broadband services. Article

> The U.K.-based mobile payments firm Bango said it will acquire the U.S.-based carrier billing business BilltoMobile for at least $3.5 million. Article

And finally… California lawmakers have called a hearing to discuss service interruptions associated with the transition of Verizon's wireline assets to Frontier Communications. Statement

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