Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is expected to sign legislation that will allow municipalities to offer broadband service, either on their own or in public-private partnerships. Sponsors say the legislation opens the way for localities to apply for federal grants.
Palo Alto Networks has agreed to acquire Demisto, a cybersecurity company, for $560 million. Demisto had raised $69 million in private funding from investors, including Accel and Greylock.
Analysts believe that media giants' race to launch streaming services may be costing them billions in licensing fees. These conglomerates hope their gamble will pay off when consumers subscribe to several streaming services.
The Spanish Broadcasting System shared preliminary fourth-quarter data Tuesday, showing an expected 7% to 9% increase in revenue from 2017. Raul Alarcon, the company's leader, says substantial growth across the radio, TV and digital divisions indicates the solid results SBS could deliver this year.
The National Association of Broadcasters asserted its concern that opening up 6 gigahertz spectrum to unlicensed wireless services will interfere with broadcasters. "Mobile and low-power BAS operations in these (6 GHz) bands will be particularly vulnerable to interference from unlicensed users," NAB wrote in a comment to the Federal Communications Commission.
Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission is skeptical of regulating e-cigarette advertising, tweeting that the government should not restrict lawful speech merely because it disagrees with the content. He shared his perspective in response to fellow Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel's call for increased oversight.
Comcast has launched the Internet Essential Senior Pilot Program in the Washington, D.C., area, offering $9.99-a-month broadband to low-income people who are at least 62 years old and making computers available to them for less than $200. The program also offers digital literacy instructional material, which costs nothing and is available in person, in print or online.
The cable industry is taking the state of Vermont to federal court over the state's net neutrality law, which various organizations argue does not meet the standards they use. Comcast is now at the forefront of the battle, saying Vermont's "Internet Conduct Standard" threatens to harm the company, an argument the state is asking the courts to reject.
Facebook Watch and MTV are partnering on "MTV Stax," a cash prize game show that launched Monday live from the network's London studio. The game show format is becoming popular for the social media giant, which is also producing Global's "Heart's Triple Play" and the international "Confetti."
The Knight Foundation is boosting local journalism with a $300 million investment over five years to help the industry develop solid business models and rebuild public trust. Beneficiaries include ProPublica, the American Journalism Project and Report for America.