Verizon calls cable operators 'wild card' in effort to build fiber networks, unveils sponsored data offering FreeBee

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> Noting the recent consolidation in the pay-TV industry, Morgan Stanley said it expects "a shift in the relative power between distributors and content owners." Investors Business Daily story

> Harmonic announced a partnership with AsiaSat to launch the satellite TV operator's second 4K/Ultra HD channel. Press release

> Atlantic Broadband has deployed TiVo video services across its eastern Connecticut footprint. Telecompaper story

> Pennsylvania Trust Company upped its stake in Comcast by 5.9 percent after buying an additional 13,246 shares, according to SEC documents. EMQ story

Telecom News

> Adtran reported that fourth-quarter company sales were $139 million, down year-over-year from $143 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. But the company says it will see a rise in cable operator and telco spending on 1 Gbps and related broadband networks in upcoming quarters. Article

> Verizon says that cable operators' efforts to build fiber networks to deliver Ethernet and IP-based services will enable them to compete in 77.1 percent of the carrier's wireline markets. Article

Installer News

> As AT&T and CenturyLink move forward with their ambitious 1 Gbps FTTH service plans, Dycom should gain revenue benefits, says Wells Fargo. Article

> In yet another key mile marker toward cable installers actually being able to deploy DOCSIS 3.1-capable network systems into homes and business, CableLabs has announced the certification of the first round of DOCSIS 3.1 modems. Article

Wireless News

> Verizon finally unveiled FreeBee Data, a sponsored data offering that allows content providers to pay for the delivery of their services to consumers. Article

> As the U.S. smartphone market nears the saturation point, carriers are increasingly having to choose between growing their subscriber bases and maximizing revenues. But as the operators prepare to release quarterly earnings in the coming weeks, T-Mobile still appears to be doing both. Article

And finally… Activist investor Eric Jackson of SpringOwl Asset Management is trying to oust 92-year-old Viacom chief executive Sumner Redstone. New York Post story