Syracuse mayor ponders city-owned fiber network; DirecTV resurrects rapping Manning brothers

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> Frustrated by what she sees as a lack of broadband options, Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner said she is researching the possibility of building a city-owned fiber-optic network as the best way to ensure that Syracuse has affordable, high-speed service. Story.

> DirecTV has resurrected a not-so-oldie-but-goodie and will again use the rapping Manning brothers (Peyton and Eli, for the NFL oblivious) to pitch its fantasy-football channel. Story.

> Franklyn Butler II has been named to the new position of vice chairman of the board of directors of Cable Bahamas Ltd. Press release.

> Cablevision Systems President Brian Sweeney sold 7,500 shares of Cablevision stock at an average price of $17.94, for a total value of $134,550. Story.

> Indian service provider Arasu Cable TV Corporation is revving up a high-speed broadband and Internet service in collaboration with "companies which have licenses to provide the service." Story.

> Digicel Group has agreed to acquire Telstar Cable Limited's cable and fiber network in Jamaica, pending regulatory approval. Story.

> Telstra's launch of the Netgear NetDOCSIS 3.0 cable data gateway is being hailed as "the world's first commercial deployment of a cable gateway that provides customers up to three times faster Wi-Fi speeds on their home networks." Press release.

Online Video News

> As the tug of war for subscribers between cable operators and OTT providers continues, and with TV Everywhere still in its infancy in the U.S., startups are continuing to find niches that attempt to meet demand for anywhere, anytime video service. Case in point: 4SeTV, a startup looking directly to its target audience for its next round of funding. Full article.

Telecom News

> tw telecom, which is being acquired by Level 3 Communications, is expanding its Ethernet network to Philadelphia, giving local businesses access to business Ethernet and intelligent network services. The expansion is part of the company's plans to accelerate its metro-fiber footprint into new markets as well as increase its coverage in existing markets. Full article.

And finally … Uruguayan cable TV operator Cablevision said as of the second quarter it has 130,000 subscribers, an increase of 6.5 percent compared to 122,100 subscribers by the end of the year-ago quarter. Story.