The ongoing spat between Cable One and Viacom over how much Viacom's programming is worth—and whether Cable One is willing to pay for it—could cause Duncan, Okla. to lose $130,000 in franchise fees. Meanwhile, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., city officials are considering eliminating the 2 percent franchise fee the city collects from Charter Communications cable subscribers.
Even as Comcast and Time Warner Cable executives put on a united front defending Comcast's $45.2 billion takeover of TWC, Charter Communications, a spurned suitor for the nation's second biggest MSO, is mulling a bidding war.
Charter Communications is hoping to use the ballot box to reverse a Montana Supreme Court decision that reclassified its cable properties in the state and presaged a 300 percent tax increase.
Ongoing aggressive rollouts of fiber by a host of incumbent telcos, CLECs and cable operators throughout 2013 has helped to narrow the U.S. fiber gap by expanding facilities to 39.3 percent of commercial buildings with 20 or more employees, according to new research from Vertical Systems Group.
While Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said the MSO will continue to look at opportunities for mergers and acquisitions, he told analysts Friday that the MSO is focused on growing its business organically by driving increased penetration of advanced products through its all-digital rollout.
Telephone and Data Systems President and CEO LeRoy Carlson told investors this week that he is satisfied with its purchase of regional cable operator Baja Broadband and he foresees similar deals could happen in the future.
Charter Communications reportedly has reached out to fellow MSO Comcast in an effort to complete its acquisition of Time Warner Cable in a move that could essentially put the nation's second largest MSO between a rock and a hard place.
On the eve of Charter's offer to acquire Time Warner Cable, top executives at technology vendors TiVo and ActiveVideo told FierceCable that a Charter-TWC marriage could drive growth for their companies as the major MSOs look to introduce new products, including cloud-based program guides capable of delivering Netflix content on TV.
Shares of Scripps Networks Interactive surged on Tuesday and Wednesday after news spread that Discovery Communications has its eye on Scripps. Together, a combined Discovery/Scripps would have a market capitalization of about $43 billion, according to media reports.
Speculation about a potential purchase of Time Warner Cable by Comcast Corp., Charter Communications or Cox Communications is causing the company's stock to soar. According to Craig Moffett of MoffettNathanson Research, the company's stock has increased in price 45 percent over the last six months. On Friday, TWC's stock closed at $138.22.