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Oct
21
2014

Dish Customers Lose Access to CNN, Other Turner Networks -

Dish customers are the latest to lose access to channels they’re paying for thanks to yet another retransmission fee dispute. Turner Broadcasting channels including CNN, Cartoon Network and Headline News were pulled from Dish’s lineup yesterday after the two sides failed to agree to terms. As with other fights of this type, both sides blame the other and are using websites to direct consumer ire toward the other party (See Turner’s SaveMyShows.com website and Dish’s […]

Oct
21
2014

Frontier Sued in West Virginia for Dismal Service -

Already under investigation in West Virginia for possible mishandling of government subsidy money, Frontier Communications is now facing a new class action in the state for failing to offer the services they advertised. According to the Charleston Gazette, the suit complains of frequent outages and accuses Frontier of failing to deliver speeds paid for. Of specific note is Frontier’s 12 Mbps “High Speed Internet Max,” which often struggles to deliver users 1 Mbps downstream: quote:Frontier […]

Oct
21
2014

Sprint Forced to Pay Comcast $7.5 Million in Patent Fight -

In December of 2011, right after the cable industry struck their massive spectrum and marketing arrangement with Verizon, Sprint filed suit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, CableOne, and Cox for supposedly violating Sprint VoIP patents. In early 2013 Comcast returned the favor, suing Sprint for violating numerous patents related to core network services, SMS/MMS, and 3G modem technology. After a four day federal trial, this week Sprint was forced to pay $7.5 million to settle […]

Oct
21
2014

31 Cities Form Coalition to Improve Their Poor Broadband -

32 cities in nineteen different states have formed a coalition aimed at building networks in those cities that private ISPs have so far refused to. Dubbed the Next Century Cities coalition, the organization will aim to share knowledge and resources that aid the delivery of next-generation 1 Gbps networks. “The leaders whose communities participate in Next Century Cities know that reliable, affordable, and fast Internet is no longer a luxury,” states the organization. “Like electricity […]

Oct
20
2014

Court Again Rules Ad-Skipping DVR Doesn't Violate Copyright -

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. And again. And then again for good measure. Feeling bolstered by the Supreme Court ruling against Aereo, Fox recently took another legal shot at trying to argue that Dish’s “Hopper” automatic ad-skipping DVR violates copyright. That’s something the courts haven’t been buying, both in a ruling back in July, and again today in a tentative ruling that found Dish didn’t violate FOX copyright, but may have been […]

Oct
20
2014

Rumor: Lenovo Prepping Bid For Blackberry -

Anonymous sources tell Benzinga that Lenovo could announce an acquisition bid for Blackberry as soon as this week. According to the anonymous sources, Lenovo is expected to offer around $15 per share, with a deal being completed at around $18 per share. Rumors of a possible acquisition of Blackberry have circulated for several years, occasionally supported by statements of interest from Lenovo execs. Lenovo of course acquired Motorola Mobility from Google back in January of […]

Oct
20
2014

Senator Leahy Wants Greater Neutrality Promises From Comcast -

As we’ve covered in the past, Comcast has promised to adhere to the FCC’s now-defunct net neutrality rules until 2018 in the hopes of getting their $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable approved by regulators. The problem? As we’ve noted time and time again — those rules, largely written by AT&T, Google and Verizon lobbyists — were intentionally crammed with loopholes permitting everything but the most heavy-handed fiddling with website and service access. As […]

Oct
20
2014

Cox Celebrates First 'G1GABLAST' 1 Gbps Customer in Phoenix -

Back in May Cox Communications announced that the company would be launching faster 1 Gbps services. While the company said the majority of the company’s footprint wouldn’t even begin to see 1 Gbps until sometime in 2016 (when DOCSIS 3.1 sees broader deployment), Cox will start delivering 1 Gbps speeds to some new housing developments in portions of Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha well before that. Earlier this month Cox officially announced that they’re launching […]

Oct
20
2014

U.S. Mobile Broadband Passes 90% Penetration

In the United States, as elsewhere, mobile Internet capability has become an important means for eliminating access divides. We have seen this pattern before. As recently as the 1980s, policy analysts and regulators might have legitimately been concerned about how to eliminate the gap between people who could make a phone call, and those who could not. Already, it is fairly clear that mobile devices and networks also will close the gap between people who […]

Oct
20
2014

HBO's Streaming Only Service Likely $15 Per Month -

Sources tell The Information that HBO’s recently announced streaming service will likely cost consumers at least around $15 per month. More specifically, the report claims the service will match HBO’s existing cable price tag of $15, seemingly implying it could easily be more. As the report notes, a 2013 survey of broadband-only customers by the Diffusion Group found that only 6% were “moderately or highly likely” to sign up for a broadband HBO service priced […]

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