TELUS filed with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to oppose Bell‘s potential acquisition of Astral Media, specifically mentioning the impact that “an unprecedented concentration of market power in the broadcasting sector would have on Canadian consumers.” TELUS said it supports the views expressed last week by the Say No to Bell coalition, comprised of Quebecor, Cogeco and Eastlink as well as the concerns expressed by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and its associates. According to TELUS, “Already Canada’s largest vertically integrated media and communications company, Bell has not complied with the spirit of the policies adopted by the CRTC, choosing instead to engage in behavior that limits choice for Canadians and raises the costs of content for consumers.” Added President CEO Darren Entwistle, "If the Bell/Astral merger proceeds, the concentration of Canadian ownership will be equal to an American company owning Verizon, Direct TV, CBS, ESPN, MTV, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg Television, HBO, Starz, ClearChannel Radio, ESPN pay-per-view, HBO pay-per-view, Lamar Outdoor Advertising and Radio Shack – it’s a gravely concerning proposition when examined in that context"…JDSU signed a definitive agreement to acquire South Korea-based wireless test-and-measurement concern GenComm. GenComm’s solutions currently are distributed by JDSU under an OEM relationship and are used by global Tier One service providers, wireless network manufacturers and contractors. No financial details were disclosed…Israel’s RAD Data Communications donated $55,000 worth of its ETX-202A advanced Ethernet demarcation devices to the AT&T Lab of the College of Technology at the University of Houston. The devices “will assist aspiring network engineers at UH, undergraduate and graduate alike, to gain insight and first-hand experience with the latest advances in traffic engineering, performance management and OAM, timing and synchronization, and other evolving capabilities of packet-switched networks,” the company says…Digital Management Inc. (DMI), a Md.-based provider of mobile solutions and services for smart devices, just purchased Mission Critical Wireless LLC (MCW), a mobile infrastructure/mobile device management provider in Illinois. Mission Critical sports partnerships with such mobile software providers as MobileIron, AirWatch and BoxTone; and it comes with channel partner relationships with T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, CDW, Insight and SHI. “The company’s unrivaled experience in delivering value through consulting services and managed services for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments and corporate-owned-devices in a global setting will elevate DMI’s position well ahead of competitive offerings,” the buyer says.

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Verizon, NYC Reach Settlement

Verizon has an agreement with New York City that settles proceedings against it after the city claimed it had failed to meet buildout terms for its Fios network under its cable franchise agreement.

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