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1. Comcast: It's "too early" to predict how merger review will go

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Regulators continue to scrutinize the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable amid concerns about its impact on broadband competition and Net neutrality. The Federal Communications Commission's review deadline is March 30. Comcast believes the alliance is "pro-competitive" and that the merger review is "on-track," said D'Arcy Rudnay, Comcast's chief communications officer, adding that the company believes "it is too early to come to any conclusions about which way regulators are leaning." Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (01/27)

2. Analyst: Comcast, Charter will add video customers this year

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

Comcast and Charter Communications this year are on track to boost their video rolls, with the former likely to add 70,000 customers and the latter 67,000, MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett said in a note. The positive news for cable's video business reflects its strength in broadband and the ongoing struggles of satellite operators. Multichannel News (01/26)

3. The Super Bowl will be a showcase for Comcast

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Comcast may emerge as the ultimate winner at this year's Super Bowl. The event will be broadcast by its NBC network, shown on cable to 20 million customers and streamed for free through NBC Sports' TV Everywhere application. Comcast unit Global Spectrum also runs the high-tech University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., where the game will be played. "Top-to-bottom, it's really a Comcast event," said John Page, president of Global Spectrum. Philadelphia Inquirer, The (01/22)

4. Cablevision to offer low-cost cell service that runs on Wi-Fi

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 26, 2015

Cablevision next month will introduce a low-cost mobile phone service that works using a Wi-Fi connection. The service, the first such offering from a cable provider, will be called Freewheel and will provide unlimited data, talk and text globally for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for customers of Cablevision's Optimum Online. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/26) GigaOm (01/25) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (01/26)

5. Comcast is challenged by regulatory push, merger scrutiny

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Comcast's vaunted corporate lobbying effort, which is second only to Google in money spent, is facing perhaps its biggest challenges, as regulators move to impose stricter regulations on broadband and dissect its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. David Cohen, Comcast executive vice president, said that the merger is still on track to clear the regulatory process and that the proposed broadband rules were a disappointment. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (01/22)

6. Google Fiber will expand to Atlanta, 3 other markets

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

Google Fiber will expand from three metro regions to seven, with the addition of Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C. The service expansion, which does not yet have a start date, will include 18 cities in those markets. Ars Technica (01/27)

7. Verizon's FiOS build-out is coming to a close

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 27, 2015

Verizon has nearly completed its build-out of its FiOS network and will focus future capital infrastructure plans around its wireless business, said Fran Shammo, Verizon's chief financial officer. The FiOS network now reaches 19.8 million homes. Ars Technica (01/23)

8. HBO's OTT service could lead to cord-cutting, report finds

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

Some 17% of U.S. broadband customers are "likely" to try HBO's forthcoming over-the-top service, Parks Associates has found. Nine in 10 of those likely OTT customers have pay-TV packages, and about 50% of them said they would drop pay TV in favor of the OTT service, Parks' research states. HBO has said its initial goal for the OTT service was to reach the nation's 10 million homes that only have broadband. Multichannel News (01/22)

9. FCC: Wi-Fi blocking is "illegal" and subject to "enforcement action"

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission, following hotel chain Marriott's admission that it blocked its guests' access to Wi-Fi hot spots, has issued an advisory that such actions are "illegal" and subject to "enforcement action." Marriott, which claimed the blocking was for security purposes, was fined $600,000 by the FCC. Multichannel News (01/27)

10. AT&T hopes to leverage DIRECTV tie-up for mobile video offering

CTAM SmartBrief | Jan 28, 2015

AT&T, following its planned merger with DIRECTV, will look to create some kind of video service that would provide content to tablets and smartphones, CEO Randall Stephenson said. "Our customers are demanding video to be delivered across any device," Stephenson said. CNET (01/27)

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