RCN Business upgrades Ethernet backbone to 100 Gbps; LG rolls out Roku-powered TVs

More cable news from across the Web:

> RCN Business has upgraded its Ethernet network backbone to include 100 Gigabit per second links. Press release

> LG has started to sell Roku-powered LED TVs at Best Buy. CED article

> The Tacoma, Wash., Public Utilities board is set to vote on the future of Click Cable TV on Dec. 15. News Tribune story

Telecom News

> Frontier is taking advantage of the Christmas shopping season by offering customers a credit of up to $10 on the first month for a purchase of select Frontier Secure products. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Japan's NTT DoCoMo said it has successfully conducted 5G trials in actual-use environments with no less than five big-name vendors: Nokia Networks, Samsung, Ericsson, Huawei and Fujitsu. Article

European Wireless News

> Orange and France-based energy utility Engie signed a partnership covering plans to expand the rural electricity grid in Africa as well as improve the supply of energy to Orange's infrastructure in the region. Article

Wireless News

> As the critical holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) said that smartphones stand at the top of Americans' list of most-wanted tech products, beating out TVs, tablets and laptops. And wireless players continue to work to stimulate that demand, with AT&T's Cricket Wireless and América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, offering new discounts today. Article

> In a new research report, the financial analysts at New Street Research contend that, based on Verizon's current spectrum holdings, the nation's largest wireless carrier only has half the network capacity it will need by 2020. Article

And finally… DirecTV and Dish Network have asked the Florida Supreme Court to uphold a ruling against a state law that includes different tax rates for satellite and cable TV. WJAX-TV article

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