Fon has reached deals covering 15.6 million of the world's hot spots with its Wi-Fi sharing operation, but the Wi-Fi aggregator has failed to complete a comprehensive agreement with a U.S. carrier. Vodafone in Spain and Italy, as well as Australia's Telstra, have recently signed up with Fon, whose model is based on broadband subscribers sharing their networks with others.
Microsoft's open-source "superconnector" code will allow legacy Internet connected devices to communicate with all AllJoyn-compliant devices. AllJoyn, Qualcomm's Internet of Things standard supported by the AllSeen Alliance, is going head to head with Apple's HomeKit, Intel's Iotivity, and Google's Weave and Brillo to create the go-to IoT standard.
The European Union is proposing Net neutrality rules similar to those that have been adopted in the U.S., but with several key differences. The EU doesn't want to reclassify broadband as a public utility, and the regulations would allow operators to reserve some broadband volume for "specialized or innovative services."
Google, TiVo and Public Knowledge are among the companies and groups that have formed the Video Choice Coalition, which seeks to influence the Federal Communications Commission's forthcoming rules for set-top boxes. The VCC "will demonstrate to policymakers at the FCC and on Capitol Hill that there is broad support to promote competition and innovation by making video networks more available to third-party devices," per a statement.
The Disney Channel in June led all cable networks in prime time and total day ratings. USA Network placed second in prime time, with HGTV and TNT tying for third and Fox News Channel rounding out the top five. For total day, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim finished in a tie for second.
David "Doc" O'Connor, a longtime managing partner at Creative Artists Agency, has been hired as president and CEO of Madison Square Garden Co. "We are extremely pleased to welcome Doc, who brings with him an extensive understanding of the entertainment and sports worlds, including deep industry relationships and a history of successfully creating platforms for growth," said MSG Executive Chairman James Dolan.
The FBI is investigating 11 incidents over the past year in which broadband cables in the San Francisco Bay area have been vandalized. The most recent attack took place Tuesday, when vandals severed three major fiber cables, cutting off phone and nonlocal TV service for Wave Broadband customers in Sacramento and Rocklin, Calif. "When it affects multiple companies and cities, it does become disturbing," FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich said. "We definitely need the public's assistance."
El Rey Network, starting this week with the "Epic Summer Movie" poster contest, will hold a series of online competitions for fledgling directors, writers and other creatives. The goal of "The People's Network" is to identify new talent for TV. "When I started out, I didn't have this kind of support," said Robert Rodriguez, the network's founder and chairman. "By mentoring artists through 'The People’s Network,' I have a chance to give back."
Cisco, Juniper Networks and Hewlett-Packard are among the network gear makers bolstering their holdings in the next-generation Wi-Fi space through acquisitions and partnerships with an eye toward optimizing their solutions for the emerging Wave 2 Wi-Fi standard.