Lawsuits pile up to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulations | Cable One's gigabit service now available in over 200 communities | Senators push for rural broadband funding
January 18, 2018
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Lawsuits pile up to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulations
Lawsuits pile up to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality regulations
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Attorneys general from more than 20 states, including California, New York, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, on Tuesday filed a combined petition to block the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality regulations. Groups such as Mozilla and Free Press filed similar petitions in an effort to prevent the FCC from moving forward with the planned changes to net neutrality rules.
The Hill (1/16),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (1/16),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Wireless & Broadband
Cable One's gigabit service now available in over 200 communities
Cable One's GigaONE gigabit broadband service is available in over 200 communities, which covers over 95% of its legacy footprint, the company announced. The company has invested over $700 million to enhance and upgrade its network over the past five years.
Multichannel News (1/17) 
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Senators push for rural broadband funding
A group of senators is pushing for President Donald Trump to include rural broadband funding in his infrastructure plan. The bipartisan group says that expanding rural broadband will help bridge the digital divide and improve growth and economic activity in those areas.
The Hill (1/17) 
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Trends in Technology
Sources: CBS considering board changes as Redstone mulls merger options
Shari Redstone is still interested in a merger between CBS and Viacom, sources say. Also, CBS is reportedly planning to propose that several board members be replaced, and Redstone is looking at potential candidates.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/17),  Variety (1/17),  Reuters (1/17) 
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Comcast integrates Jackbox Games with X1 platform
Comcast has integrated Jackbox Games' multiplayer games with its X1 platform. The company is selling two packages of games, which users can stream through their TVs and connect to play using their tablets, smartphones and laptops.
Multichannel News (1/16) 
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Olympics coverage includes on-demand, livestreaming options
Olympics coverage includes on-demand, livestreaming options
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NBC has announced that cable subscribers will be able to livestream the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies via a dedicated website and the NBC Sports app. Also, Comcast will offer plenty of viewing options throughout the event through a content hub on its X1 platform and Stream app.
VentureBeat (1/17),  Multichannel News (1/17),  The Philadelphia Inquirer (1/17) 
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IP Download
Comcast teams up with DLVR to optimize content delivery
Comcast teams up with DLVR to optimize content delivery
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Comcast Technology Solutions has announced a partnership with DLVR to provide improved content delivery services. The company will use DLVR's content delivery network switching capabilities and analytics to improve multi-CDN management.
FierceCable (1/17) 
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Digital Trends
Amazon Fire TV update makes it easier to find content
Amazon Fire TV update makes it easier to find content
Amazon has added an "On Now" feature to its Fire TV platform; the feature makes it easier for viewers to find live content using their remotes or voice controls. The company has also debuted a new Channel Guide, which lets browsers view two weeks' worth of a channel's lineup.
TechCrunch (1/16) 
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