The CTIA said that Meredith Attwell Baker, a current NBCUniversal executive and former Republican commissioner at the FCC, will replace Steve Largent as president and CEO of the wireless trade group, effective June 2. Baker will become the first woman to be president of CTIA. Largent, 59, announced his retirement last October and has served as president since 2003.
About a year after its launch, Fan TV has snared a big cable operator to push out its live TV and streaming content service--at least for the time being. Time Warner Cable said that it will launch Fan TV to its video subscribers starting in the second quarter of this year. As with all things TWC, however, that could be subject to change if and when Comcast acquires the nation's second biggest MSO for $45.2 billion.
Charter Communications is reportedly in line to get 1.5 million Comcast subscribers and a stake in a newly formed company that Comcast would spin off if it acquires Time Warner Cable.
Netflix has stepped up the argument in favour of 'strong net neutrality', even as it negotiates connectivy deals with ISPs on both sides of the Atlantic to ensure decent services for its end-users. It's a war of words that will continue, and there is clearly a great deal at stake for both sides. However, beyond the commercial bun fights over who should pay and how, much more needs to be clarified; the devil with net neutrality is in the detail.
Comcast executives teased analysts with comments that made it seem as if the company's expanded Wi-Fi network--and the potential Time Warner Cable add-on--would be the gateway to a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile service.
Comcast's do-everything X1 platform must be doing something right. The country's top MSO says it added 24,000 video customers in the first quarter of 2014, marking the second straight quarter with video customer gains and bucking an industry trend going in the opposite direction.
Comcast will rely on two of its strengths--super-fast broadband and televised sports via its NBCUniversal group--to deliver "significantly higher" first quarter earnings, analysts predict ahead of tomorrow's earnings report.
Comcast and Time Warner Cable have reportedly entered talks to determine how to sell off up to 5 million subscribers to Charter Communications. The selloff is worth potentially $20 billion or more, based on recent valuations.
Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless is developing a version of its Wi-Fi-centric service specifically for cable operators that want to leverage Wi-Fi so they can compete against cellular carriers.
Verizon is appealing to new potential FiOS subscribers with a new $50 video, broadband promotional bundle, but customers will need to be prepared for the price jump when the promotional period ends.