Multichannel News

Time Warner Shareholders Approve AT&T Merger

Location:
Time Warner, 1 Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
3

Time Warner shareholders approved the pending $108.7 billion merger with AT&T on Feb 15, putting the mega-deal on a path for a year-end 2017 close.

Rural Broadband, Restoring FCC to 5 Members Top Walden's Agenda

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) outlined a broad agenda for the committee and its Communications Subcommittee Feb 14, with items ranging from legislative action on Title II to a comprehensive examination of Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration "reauthorization" to accelerated rural broadband deployment to increased oversight of federal cybersecurity initiatives.

Comcast to Bow 1-Gig Broadband in Huntsville, AL

Location:
Huntsville, AL, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comcast said it plans to launch a DOCSIS 3.1-based 1-Gig broadband service to residences and businesses in Huntsville (AL) later in 2017, paving the way for a big broadband showdown with AT&T and an expected municipal service offering.

Missouri Bill Would Condition Muni Broadband Buildouts

Location:
Missouri State Capitol, 201 W Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO, 65101, United States
Recommendation:
3

A hearing is scheduled for Feb 14 in the Missouri State Senate Local Government and Elections Committee on a bill that would put new conditions on municipal broadband buildouts.

Reforming the FCC’s Video Competition Policy

Location:
Free State Foundation, 6259 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD, 20852, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission released its 18th Video Competition Report on Jan 17. Data points in the report demonstrate persuasively that the video services market is characterized by competition among cable, satellite, and telecommunication providers of video subscription services as well as disruptive online video services.

Democratic Senators Push FCC Chairman Pai to Reverse Lifeline Decision

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Corey Booker (D-NJ) are leading more than a dozen senators (all Dems except independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont) calling on Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to reverse his decision to withdraw Lifeline broadband subsidy authorizations from nine companies.

Moody’s: Telecom M&A to Continue

Location:
Moody's Investors Service, 175 Federal Street, Boston, MA, 02110, United States
Recommendation:
3

Credit rating agency Moody’s Investors Service predicts that mergers & acquisitions activity among telecommunication companies will continue as the industry seeks to offset low revenue potential and intensifying competition with deals.

House Passes E-mail Privacy Act

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
3

The House unanimously passed the E-mail Privacy Act.

FCC's Pai Rescinds Lifeline Eligibilities

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The message seemed to be that Pai administration would review such applications more thoroughly for potential abuses, but others saw it as a way to target a program Chairman Pai has criticized.

FCC Media Bureau Sets Aside Political File Complaint Decisions

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau set aside its actions on political file complaints involving a host of TV stations, saying they were more appropriately handled at the bureau level.

American Cable Association to FCC: Keep Local Ownership Caps

Location:
American Cable Association (ACA), One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States
Recommendation:
3

The American Cable Association has filed an opposition to broadcasters' request that the Federal Communications Commission reconsider its decision in the Quadrennial ownership rule review to retain local ownership limits on broadcast stations, saying broadcasters are rehashing arguments that the agency has already rejected.

Chairman Wheeler: Successful Spectrum Auction is Assured

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The successful completion of the final stage rule was a going-away present of sorts for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, who exits Jan 20.

Cable One to Buy NewWave for $735M

Location:
NewWave Communications, Sikeston, MO, United States
Recommendation:
3

Cable One said it has agreed to purchase mid-sized cable operator NewWave Communications from private equity group GTCR for $735 million in cash.

Reactions to Rep Doyle as House Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States
Recommendation:
2

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) was hearing the applause around DC after he was named the new ranking member of the House Communications Subcommittee.

CPJ, Sen Klobuchar Push AG Nominee to Support Journalist Protections

Location:
Committee to Protect Journalists, 330 7th Avenue, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Committee to Protect journalists is calling on Attorney General nominee Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to commit to support guidelines that make it harder for the Justice Department to subpoena journalists' records.

Verizon Touts Progress on Next-Gen FTTP

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Verizon said it has reached a technical milestone for NG-PON2, a next-gen fiber-to-the-premises platform capable of supporting up to 40 Gbps of capacity, after wrapping up an interoperability lab trial.

E-Mail Privacy Bill Re-Introduced

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

A bipartisan House contingent has re-introduced the Email Privacy Act, a bill that would require law enforcement to get a warrant before law enforcement could access Internet service provider's digital records, such as e-mails and texts.

American Television Allinace Renews Push for Retransmission Reform

Location:
American Television Alliance (ATVA), Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission under Democratic chairman Tom Wheeler declined to undertake retransmission consent reform, but the American Television Alliance appears to be looking for a new view from the new Administration.

Surprise: White House Resubmits Rosenworcel Nomination to FCC

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

The White House has apparently not given up on the re-nomination of FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, or at least is making the gesture. Rosenworcel's was among several nominations submitted by the President Barack Obama to the Senate Jan 4.

Ad Agencies Challenge FCC Broadband Privacy Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Advertising and marketing associations joined Internet service providers in calling on the Federal Communications Commission to back off its broadband privacy proposal.

The FCC’s New Playbook

Location:
PricewaterhouseCoopers, 300 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10017, United States
Recommendation:
2

While a change in policies at the Federal Communications Commission appears to be in the cards, how that gets carried out is a little more complicated.

OMB Approves Open Internet Enhanced Transparency Rules

Location:
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 725 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20503, United States
Recommendation:
3

According to the Office of Management and Budget, OMB has just approved the added paperwork collection obligations of the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet order enhanced transparency requirements.

FCC's Broadband Health Project Readying Report

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

"Disconnectivity" -- and specifically its locations -- has emerged as a major hurdle as the "Connect2HealthFCC" project prepares to submit its report within coming weeks.

Emergency Alert System Revamp Pulled From FCC Agenda

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's Emergency Alert System (EAS) revamp has been pulled from the Dec 15 meeting agenda.

AT&T Fiber Expands Service Rollout

Location:
Greenville, SC, United States
Recommendation:
3

AT&T Fiber said it has introduced 1-Gig broadband service to parts of three more markets – Greenville (SC), Little Rock (AR), and Sacramento (CA).

Over-the-Top Confusion With Comcast

Location:
Comcast, 1500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19102-2148, United States
Recommendation:
3

Comcast has said time and time again that offering a Over-the-Top-TV service outside its own footprint doesn’t make economic sense, and that it is content, for now, to focus on bumping video sub numbers in-footprint with X1, its next-gen platform.

American Cable Association Pins Hopes on McMahon

Location:
American Cable Association, One Parkway Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15220, United States
Recommendation:
3

The American Cable Association, whose membership comprises hundreds of small businesses, was pleased with President-elect Donald Trump's choice of Linda McMahon as administrator of the Small Business Administration, which Trump has made a cabinet level position.

House Passes Veterans Broadband Access Bill

Location:
Capitol Building, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The House has passed a bill with a directive likely to get action in a Trump Federal Communications Commission given the President-elect's commitment to helping out veterans. The Improving Broadband Access for Veterans Act of 2016 (HR 6394) passed the House on suspension of the rules, a way to fast-track noncontroversial bills that limits debate, prevents amendments, and requires a 2/3 majority for passage.

FCC Gives EchoStar’s ‘AirTV’ a Lift

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission has cleared EchoStar to import, market and sell the AirTV, a new device seemingly targeted to cord-cutters that will support over-the-air digital TV signals as well as over-the-top content.

Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council Asks Trump Team to Protect Free Data Plans

Location:
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, 3636 16th Street, N.W., Washington, DC, 20010, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) has given the President-elect Donald Trump transition team a to-do list of 12 telecommunication priorities for creating a more diverse media in terms of access, ownership, participation and procurement.