Whether it's net neutrality, AT&T's proposed acquisition of DirecTV or Sprint's desire to purchase T-Mobile US coming to fruition, it's clear that the FCC has a lot on its plate this year.
With ample deployments based on DOCSIS 3.0, Comcast is still very much committed to its hybrid fiber coax network. But the MSO's proposal to build a fiber-to-the-home network supporting 530 homes in Sun Valley, Fla., shows it also has plenty of interest in competing with Google and Verizon for fiber-based broadband services.
With the FCC oversubscribed to various other corporate mergers, not to mention reimagining its net neutrality rules, it could very well be delayed in reviewing Comcast's proposed $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, TWC CEO Rob Marcus said.
Comcast may be still committed to getting as much out of its hybrid fiber coax (HFC) network as it can, but the cable MSO's move to submit a proposal to build a fiber to the home (FTTH) network supporting 530 homes in Sun Valley, Fla., shows it has plenty of interest in fiber-based broadband services.
Comcast has cancelled a promotional event that was scheduled to take place at the home of Kansas State Senator Julia Lynn, chair of the Kansas Senate Standing Committee on Commerce.
CenturyLink and the Denver Broncos announced a three-year sponsorship deal, under which the telco will provide Internet and data connectivity at the team's stadium and training facility, ensuring redundancy for certain services already provided by Comcast.
As media business deals go, it's not as big as securing broadcast rights to Major League Baseball for NBCUniversal. But for Comcast's fast-growing business services division, helping Pony youth baseball stream its annual World Series Tournament isn't bad PR.
Time Warner Cable has finally stopped sending me direct-mail come-ons, with Comcast trying to buy the company and get the combined video subscriber girth into regulatory fighting shape (i.e. 30 million subscribers or less). But for several years, TWC spent--gosh, I don't know, hundreds--on postage and mailers alone, courting me to become a triple-play subscriber. This was after they had me locked up, but failed to close the deal out.
Comcast is looking to more aggressively accelerate deployment of its next-generation X1 video platform amid an early performance that has seen marked decreases in churn and significant upticks in VOD transactions and DVR usage compared to legacy platforms.
A week after one of his company's customer retention reps was caught in a virally distributed audio recording repeatedly refusing a service-cancellation request, Comcast COO Dave Watson sent a memo to company employees, essentially blaming the gaffe on company training.