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12/8/2016

Republican Federal Communications Commission Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Ajit Pai are calling on the Trump administration to reverse policies enacted under the Obama administration. The commissioners are especially critical of cross-ownership rules, increased privacy regulation and what O'Rielly calls a micromanaging of the internet economy.

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Reuters
12/8/2016

Great American Country will broadcast a telethon and concert to aid victims of the Tennessee wildfires. The Dec. 13 "Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund" event, headlined by Dolly Parton, will include performances by Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss.

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Multichannel News
12/8/2016

Last week, the FCC released its Measuring Broadband America (MBA): Fixed Broadband Report. The annual analysis looks at consumer fixed broadband performance in the United States by benchmarking connectivity and analyzing how the internet has changed or improved over the last year. The report gave high marks to U.S. ISPs, especially cable-based providers, showing improvements in speed and performance. Read more.

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ncta.com
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FCC
12/8/2016

Turner Broadcasting is doubling down on its partnership with social media platform Snapchat with plans to co-market original programs and leverage Turner's strong sports coverage into new ventures. The companies are also working on developing a new ad sales strategy in a bid to reach more millennials.

12/8/2016

NBC's "Hairspray Live!" musical "frequently burst with infectious energy," Brian Lowry writes. The network's adaptation of the movie-turned-play held up "quite well" compared with similar live efforts, Lowry contends.

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CNN
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Brian Lowry, NBC
12/8/2016

CNN is facing a class-action lawsuit from a group of former and current African-American staffers accusing the network and its parent companies of racial discrimination in connection to performance evaluations. CNN declined to comment on the suit, which says managers made "biased and inconsistent determinations with little or no oversight and/or feedback."

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TheWrap.com
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CNN, Suit
12/8/2016

Senators from both sides of the aisle questioned the CEOs of AT&T and Time Warner about their proposed $85 billion merger at Wednesday's government review. The lawmakers raised concerns about potential price hikes, antitrust issues and freedom of speech implications, with the executives emphasizing their commitment to the editorial independence of news outlet CNN.

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Time Warner, AT&T, CNN
12/8/2016

Comcast Chief Financial Officer Mike Cavanagh said the company continues to roll out its X1 set-top box and is seeking new bundling opportunities with next-gen cable and broadband. Cavanagh also praised the company's recent partnership with Netflix and discussed Comcast's plans to break into the wireless market.

12/8/2016

Mediacom is set to become the first multiple cable system operator to upgrade its entire network to DOCSIS 3.1 when it completes its upgrades by the end of the year. The wholesale migration also will increase the base-level 50 Mbps broadband to 60 Mbps.

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MSO, Mediacom
12/8/2016

CNN Heroes is celebrating its 10th year with a retrospective that focuses on previously featured heroes. CNN's branded content studio, Courageous, paired with Subaru -- a major Heroes sponsor for the last nine years -- to create the clips.

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Adweek
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CNN, Subaru