Altice founder: Cable growth is a priority before venturing into wireless | Blackburn fires back at privacy bill critics | Cable One's revenue rises under broadband-first strategy
May 25, 2017
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Altice founder: Cable growth is a priority before venturing into wireless
Altice founder Patrick Drahi says that the company is focused on growing as a cable company before it moves into wireless but that it is looking at ways to enter the wireless space. Part of the company's expansion includes putting its commercial brands -- including Cablevision's Optimum -- under one name, a move that was announced this week.
Reuters (5/23),  Variety (5/23) 
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Blackburn fires back at privacy bill critics
Rep. Blackburn fires back at privacy bill critics
Blackburn (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is defending the Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly Act of 2017, which is being criticized by the Internet Association. "I think if you ask the American people if they're OK with having less control over their online privacy so companies can sell their data -- they'd say no," Blackburn said after criticism from the group, whose members include Google, Amazon and Facebook.
Broadcasting & Cable (5/25) 
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Cable One's revenue rises under broadband-first strategy
Cable One's decision to put broadband ahead of video was a smart one, as revenues and margins have grown since the company adopted the strategy, says President and CEO Julie Laulis. Almost 60% of the company's revenue comes from business and broadband, and 75% of its customers can get speeds of 1 Gbps.
Telecompetitor (5/24) 
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Sprint tests small cell deployment with cable operator
Sprint is working with an unnamed cable operator on a deployment test of small cells in cable networks as a way of expanding distribution of the base stations to firm up its 2.5 GHz wireless network, the carrier confirmed. Working with a cable company could also help Sprint support its backhaul network, Mike Dano writes.
FierceWireless (5/23) 
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Mediacom launches gigabit service in Ill.
Mediacom Communications has launched its DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit broadband service in Illinois, the company announced. The company says it has launched the service across over 800 communities and plans to continue expanding its footprint.
Multichannel News (5/23),  Broadband Technology Report (5/23) 
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Facebook tests Audience Direct to let publishers sell video inventory
Facebook is trialing a product called Audience Direct that enables publishers to sell their own programmatic video inventory in direct deals. ESPN, A+E Networks, Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst are among those testing the feature.
AdExchanger (5/23),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/23) 
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Digital Trends
Sources: Facebook signs deals for upcoming video service
Sources: Facebook signs deals for upcoming video service
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Facebook has signed deals with creators including ATTN, BuzzFeed, Vox Media and Group Nine Media to create original content for its upcoming video service, sources say. The social media network will reportedly focus on 20- to 30-minute scripted shows, as well as shorter-form episodes that last up to 10 minutes.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)/Reuters (5/24) 
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