Verizon FiOS makes up 60% of FTTH subs in North America; Frontier looks to U-verse technology for Internet

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> Frontier may be looking to AT&T's U-verse hi-speed Internet to help its expansion, fight competition from cable operators. Article

> The number of North American households connected to all-fiber networks has climbed 13 percent since April 2011, to 8 million subscribers, according to a report from the Fiber-to-the-Home Council Americas, with Verizon's FiOS accounting for more than 60 percent of the total FTTH subs in the region. Article

> Sony is planning to cut its worldwide workforce by about 10,000, or by six percent, with the layoffs coming by the end of the year, according to a report in the Nikkei newspaper Monday. Article

> Comcast users get HBO Go on Xbox 360 this week, but Time Warner Cable and Bright House users will have to wait. Article

> Verizon may once again strike the ire of broadband consumers with plans to stop offering "naked" or standalone DSL services (aka dry loop DSL), meaning that new users will have to buy a wireline POTS even if they don't want it. Article

> The FCC said Monday that it will restore Boston's authority to regulate basic cable rates, a victory for Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who argued there is not enough competition among cable providers to protect customers from rising prices. Article

> Revenues from IPTV services in Europe will top $3 billion in 2013, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media; $2.68 billion will come from IPTV services in western Europe and a further $506 million from those in the east of the continent next year. Article

> Frontier plans to release first-quarter 2012 results on Monday, May 7, before the market opens and to host a conference call that day at 9 a.m. ET; access it hereRelease

> IneoQuest Technologies announced that Rick Ford, former VP of international Sales and Global Strategic Alliances at BigBand Networks/Arris, has joined the company as its new SVP of Worldwide Sales. Release

And finally... The clever folks at Japanese brewing giant Kirin, have figured out how to create frozen foam and dispense it on top of a beer like a person filling a cone with soft-serve ice cream, helping to guarantee that beer keeps you cool. Article

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