Claims that the rollback of net neutrality regulations would lead to the destruction of the internet have proved to be baseless, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said at a Senate oversight hearing. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., suggested that internet service providers were simply laying low while the rollback faces litigation, while FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel agreed that ability and incentive would eventually lead to internet fast and slow lanes.
Altice USA's a4 TV unit has teamed up with Vizio's Inscape in a partnership that will bring more user data to marketers. Under the deal, a4 set-top boxes will be enhanced with data from Vizio's smart TVs, providing marketers with audience insights.
Gracenote has launched Mobile Video Analytics, which provides insights on mobile app performance and viewership. The service uses passive video testing and surveys to gauge engagement and will also let wireless providers detect congested areas in their networks.
Some Wall Street analysts see cable's entry into the wireless market as generally being via a careful, as opposed to aggressive, approach. Macquarie Research expects Charter Communications to add 650,000 mobile subscribers over the next 13 months, while Oppenheimer analysts predict that Comcast's Xfinity Mobile will have 1.3 million subscribers by the end of the year and 3.3 million by the end of 2020.
In places where there are more livestock than people and where miles of land separate one household from the next, finding an internet connection can sometimes be challenging. The length of time it would take and the amount it would cost to build a fiber network in certain remote regions can make it nearly impossible to bring high-speed fiber connections to rural areas. But America's internet service providers have been working towards innovative solutions to bridge the digital divide. Read more.
Altice USA is focusing on its current operations, namely de-leveraging and growth initiatives in the wake of its spinoff from Altice NV, says CEO Dexter Goei. Although its current projects are its main focus, the company is open to future potential acquisitions and consolidation, Goei says.
The American Cable Association has voiced its support for NCTA-The Internet & Television Association's push to eliminate or limit part-time leased access programming. The ACA and NCTA wrote in comments to the Federal Communications Commission that the rules force cable operators to pay additional costs that are not always sufficiently compensated.
Disney will need to sell 22 regional sports networks as a condition of its purchase of 21st Century Fox assets, and station groups such as Sinclair Broadcast Group could be among the bidders. Local stations are looking to regional sports, as well as news, to bring in new revenue streams and complement their focus on live programming, but they could face stiff competition from tech companies who want to boost their own national TV platforms.