Discovery Communications is continuing to focus on over-the-top opportunities as viewers increasingly embrace streaming video services. In addition to licensing its content to OTT platforms such as Philo TV, the company has also launched its own apps -- with more planned for the future -- and CEO David Zaslav recently hinted at a potential direct-to-consumer service.
California legislation that would restore net neutrality regulations has moved forward in the state Senate after its provisions were scaled back. Under the bill -- which was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco -- the state attorney general would monitor and enforce rules, instead of California's utility commission, and companies would not have to follow the rules in cable franchise agreements or to obtain state broadband installation contracts.
Industry leaders have praised Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in light of her announcement that she will be departing the Federal Communications Commission after eight years, which included a stint as chairman. National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith said, "She has been a passionate voice on behalf of consumers and a champion of diversity in the media marketplace during her tenure."
The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of launching 5G spectrum auctions, a move Charter Communications is applauding. "5G represents the next generation of wireless technology that together with our advanced high speed network will enable Charter to ultimately provide our customers a truly ubiquitous connected experience," the company said.
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has announced the winners of the 2018 Gracie Awards. Honorees include Reese Witherspoon, Ashley Judd, Hoda Kotb and Katie Couric, all of whom will be honored at a gala May 22.
BT's Graham Sutherland will be stepping down next month as head of the business and public sector division as the company restructures. Gerry McQuade will head the newly combined business and wholesale unit, BT Enterprise.
The Federal Communications Commission took actions Tuesday aimed at aiding rural carriers in the areas of call completion and the deregulation of business data services, enacting some rules and proposing others. The agency also moved toward auctioning wireless licenses for the 28 GHz and 24 GHz wireless bands starting in November.
The top executives at Time Warner and AT&T are taking the stand in federal court today and Thursday, respectively, with the Justice Department having closed its case against their proposed merger. At least one outside antitrust attorney said the government presented a weak argument, terming it theoretical rather based in economic and business realities.
ADTRAN brought out a whole-home mesh Wi-Fi platform, part of its Mosaic Subscriber Experience Suite. The cloud-managed platform is said to offer zero-touch deployment and machine learning capabilities, among other features.
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