Executives from AT&T and Time Warner testified Wednesday that the companies need to merge to keep up with tech giants such as Facebook and Google. AT&T's data capabilities would help Time Warner better serve consumers, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said.
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.
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.
21st Century Fox rejected a bid by Comcast because of antitrust concerns, a regulatory filing states. Despite receiving a bid that was 16% higher per share than Disney's bid, Fox's board decided to pass on a deal with Comcast, the filing shows.
NBCUniversal is the latest publisher to join Fox, Viacom and Turner on the OpenAP platform to advance TV advertising efforts. NBCU will also bolster OpenAP by integrating its Audience Studio tool into the platform's standardized data sets.
Comcast has deployed its DOCSIS 3.1-based broadband service for residential and business customers across markets in the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions. The new markets include parts of Vermont, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, West Virginia and Maryland.
Discovery's 10 TV Everywhere apps now average 25 million streams per month -- an increase of 20% month-over-month -- while viewing time grew 15% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2017, reaching 75 minutes or more per session. The company attributes its growth to offering full libraries of new and older content, as well as same-day premieres and "pre-premieres."
Facebook and Microsoft on Tuesday announced the launch of the Cybersecurity Tech Accord initiative, which aims to improve the security of the internet while also helping companies that experience cyberattacks. More than 30 companies, including HP, Cisco and Dell, have signed on for the initiative.
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.
Stretched along and bordering the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota is the Meade School District, the largest school district in the state, geographically speaking. Spread out over 3,000-plus miles, a district that is this remote has had its fair share of connectivity challenges. Read more.
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