Calix Inc. soon will acquire Ericsson’s fiber access assets, and it also will become Ericsson’s preferred global partner for broadband access applications. The assets expected to be included are the Ericsson EDA 1500 GPON solution and its complementary ONT portfolio; the buyer also will ask more than 60 U.S.-based Ericsson staffers to join the company…Rogers Communications and Bell Canada completed the joint acquisition of a net 75-percent stake in Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Comments Rogers President/CEO Nadir Mohamed, “This investment fits squarely into our strategy of cost-effectively securing premium content and making it accessible to sports fans wherever, whenever they want. We look forward to working with MLSE to create highly interactive and engaging experiences for hockey, basketball and soccer fans.” Rogers’ net cash investment in the transaction totals approximately $533 million.

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Early Signs Positive for Emergency Broadband Benefit Uptake

The FCC’s $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program kicked off with a bang Wednesday, and some 825 providers sat ready to answer consumer questions and get folks signed up for subsidies. Thus far, all has gone to plan and consumer interest is coming in either consistent with or in excess of providers’ early predictions.

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