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FCC signals a fair assessment of Charter-TWC-BHN

May 26, 2015 | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The industry thinks it needs to parse FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s statements. It does not; he says what he means. Wheeler's statement on the news was carefully worded, and those skeptical of his intentions but interested in seeing the deal go through should read it as encouraging.

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Cablevision's legal frizzies

May 20, 2015 3:05 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

With an argument that splits hairs with a fine razor, Cablevision Systems is suing Verizon claiming that its rival’s advertising claim that FiOS is “100 percent fiber,” is false.

AT&T investing in broadband despite Title II uncertainty

May 18, 2015 1:14 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

AT&T is moving ahead with its planned $18 billion spend this year on wireless broadband and fiber-to-the-home infrastructure, despite the utter lack of clarity in the regulatory environment, undermining everyone else's objections to Title II reclassification.

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Comcast-TWC merger on shaky ground

April 23, 2015 12:52 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Comcast, TWC, the DOJ, and the FCC met yesterday; none are talking about what was discussed, but there’s increasing skepticism Comcast's proposed merger will be approved.

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DOJ examining Comcast's dealings with Hulu

April 22, 2015 2:21 pm | by Helena Fahnrich | Comments

In the media: The DOJ may be skeptical of approving the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal even with conditions, given its suspicion that Comcast violated the conditions imposed on the NBCUniversal merger.

Wheeler: no secret orders from the White House

March 17, 2015 1:13 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Is anybody waiting for the day when the merits of Title II regulation are debated? The news today is that if you are, you’re going to be waiting longer still. But Congress has got conspiracies to address, so let's get to it.

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HBO's streaming service available only through Apple TV

March 9, 2015 4:50 pm | by Editor | Comments

HBO Now will be $14.99 a month (as many people guessed), it will be available in time for the Game of Thrones season premiere, but if you want to see it on your big screen TV, it will be available only on Apple TV boxes -- for now.

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Trust the market... except when it's wrong

March 2, 2015 1:43 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

The market has reacted to the FCC’s plan to reclassify broadband with utter indifference. Needham nonetheless downgraded Time Warner Cable. Other analysts are likely to follow. If the market is wrong, it needs to be show its error.

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Net Neutrality: Let the lawsuits begin

February 27, 2015 12:25 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Not long after FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and his liked-minded commissioners voted on Thursday in favor (3-2) of Net Neutrality rules to regulate Internet service providers, the flag dropped on filing lawsuits that will vigorously oppose those new rules. Service providers, such as Comcast, vowed to file lawsuits and work with Congress against reclassifying broadband service as a public utility.

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Comcast, Charter bottom dwellers of Harris reputation poll

February 4, 2015 12:53 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

In the 16th annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient study that was released today, Charter Communications and Comcast ranked 92nd and 93rd, respectively out of the 100 companies on the list. Given Comcast’s slate of customer service debacles, including the news last week that a customer’s name was changed to “A**hole Brown” on his bill, it’s no surprise to see it near the bottom.

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Why cable objects to broadband being 25 Mbps

January 29, 2015 1:55 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

MSOs are now providing broadband rates far in excess of the proposed new minimum, but the cable industry insists that’s not the point. The speed definition of broadband is intrinsically tied into the network neutrality debate, which is tightly intertwined with the argument about how to classify broadband. (updated Jan. 30 to include ACA comment)

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How “Big Brother-ish” Can Sponsored Data Get?

January 16, 2015 1:47 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week, @wwbenmunson | Comments

It’s true that sponsored data has some benevolent, or at least fairly benign, applications. But an app that uses Fitbits to monitor hotel employees to make sure they're working suggests that more Orwellian applications could be on the horizon. 

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Mediacom CEO Commisso slams Obama’s Cedar Falls visit

January 15, 2015 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck, @CEDmagazine | Comments

Mediacom Communications CEO and founder Rocco Commisso took umbrage with President Barak Obama’s visit to Cedar Falls, Iowa on Wednesday. Obama stopped in at Cedar Falls Utilities, which is a competitor to Mediacom, to voice his support for local communities building their own broadband networks with taxpayer money.

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Investors not alarmed by FCC's regulatory proposals

January 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Brian Santo, @CEDmagazine | Comments

MVPDs remain firmly against Title II reclassification, claiming it would force them to reconsider investment in their networks. If anyone should be alarmed at such claims, it should be investors, but anti-regulatory sentiment might not be quite as fervent among them as might be expected.

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The resurrection of the dead cable business

January 13, 2015 1:49 pm | by Editor | Comments

The numbers still suggest that cord-cutting is still very limited in practice, but more and more people are beginning to insist it is inevitable that the phenomenon will spread. It doesn’t bode well if MVPDs lose their grip on all premium content. 

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Title II means $15B in consumer fees? "Baloney"!

December 19, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Communications companies claim that applying Title II regulation to broadband would inevitably lead to up to $15 billion in regulatory fees being passed on to consumers. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, who wrote the Internet Tax Freedom Act, says the claim is "baloney."

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