Verizon Wireless going landline; LightSquared gets more money to go wireless

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Verizon Wireless has signaled that it wants to be more than just a wireless competitor with a service offering that for $10 more a month on any Verizon Wireless Family plan ($20 for standalone) makes it the primary landline residential service as well as a wireless carrier. Story.

> LightSquared has picked up an additional $586 million in funding to finance "general corporate purposes" such as "constructing its world-class, 4G-LTE wholesale network." News release.

> Comcast will provide low-cost high-speed broadband Internet to schools, libraries, youth centers, public housing, senior and community centers and 2,800 eligible families in Boston. Story.

> Incumbent service providers in North Carolina are no doubt heartened by a bill moving through the legislature that would place a ton of burdens on communities trying to start their own broadband networks. Story.

And finally ... without comment, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will spend $673.3 million to buy television production company Shine Group from ... Rupert's daughter Elizabeth Murdoch. Story.

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