AT&T wants the Federal Communications Commission to make it easier for telecoms to shutter TDM-based data and legacy voice services by streamlining the regulatory process. In a filing, AT&T said the agency should shorten the comment period for data services that offer download/upload speeds of under 25/3 megabits per second if telecoms offer services of "equivalent quality."
Global leaders meeting this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, will try to figure out how to fight cyberattacks launched by rogue nations. Governments have little leverage against such attacks, said an adviser to President Donald Trump, noting that sanctions have been ineffective.
If a bankruptcy judge allows Cumulus Media to reject an "extremely unprofitable" $50 million agreement to purchase Chicago stations WLUP-FM and WKQX-FM, Merlin Media is ready to step in and continue operations as is. "There are no changes being planned right now, other than behind the scenes," Merlin Media owner Randy Michaels says.
Fifty-two percent of consumers don't pay to listen to music, and of that share, 29% tune in to AM/FM radio as their primary source, per the MusiComms 2018 Music Trends Survey. The survey also found that 17% of respondents will never pay for music, 40% won't pay more than they do now and a plurality prefer to purchase their music from retailers in the future.
Streaming services such as Sling TV have been touted as more affordable alternatives to traditional pay-TV, but research from M Science shows that streaming customers aren't saving money. Figures from November 2017 show that virtual pay-TV subscribers are saving an average of $16, down from $20 in 2016, with aggregate costs leading to virtual subscribers paying around $15 more than traditional pay-TV subscribers.
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile has launched a "bring your own device" option for customers, allowing them to use certain unlocked iPhone models for the service. Models that aren't supported may be eligible for gift cards in exchange for trading in the models.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai addressed Hawaii's recent erroneous missile warning at Thursday's NAB forum and praised broadcasters for their service to their communities, noting that, "broadcasters, like the viewing or listening public, depend upon government to get it right. And in this instance, the Hawaiian government unfortunately didn't." Pai also discussed the Next Gen TV standard, saying he hoped broadcasters would embrace new innovations that arise in response to its capabilities.
Spotify has struck deals with eight companies, including BuzzFeed and Refinery29, to create content for its Spotlight service. The service, which will initially be available only to US customers, will provide news and political coverage to make it more competitive with YouTube and Apple.
The Senate Commerce Committee has voted to confirm the Federal Communications Commission's Brendan Carr for a full five-year term as commissioner. Carr's confirmation is now up for a floor vote, and he will begin his term in July if confirmed.
Sixty-five percent of brands boosted their video ad spend in the last year, and 52% of marketers are creating video ads in-house, Salesforce reports. Its study estimates that Google and Facebook will take 66% of global digital ad spend this year.