Those in the online video industry got to see their market mature significantly during 2014. After years of mediocre content and audience that forced the segment to take a backseat to pay TV, the online video space blossomed this year with headlining developments.
Call 2014 a table-setting year for the cable business. From mergers to big online programming launches, a lot of groundwork was laid this past year, the fruits of which won't be known until we get well into 2015.
Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Aruba Networks and Ruckus Wireless are just a handful of the companies weighing in on an FCC petition filed on behalf of Marriott International and related parties. The petition asks for a ruling from the FCC on the legalities around how Wi-Fi operators manage their networks.
Republican Congressional leaders are proposing a new plan that could prevent service providers from giving priority for some websites over others, reports The Washington Post, citing unnamed industry officials close to the plans.
Culminating months of often vitriolic rhetoric, both attacking and defending Comcast's proposed $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable, the end to the FCC's formal public commenting cycle rendered the predictable flurry of last-minute filings and statements.
The FCC has stopped the clock on its review of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger again after the discovery of more than 7,000 pages of TWC documents the agency hadn't accounted for.
The FCC gave Globalstar the green light to conduct experimental tests in San Carlos, Calif., using terrestrial low power service (TLPS), provided certain conditions are met.
The market continues to undervalue Dish Network's spectrum holdings, and Dish will continue to be part of M&A discussions through 2015, according to a report from by Jefferies analysts. The massive bids in the ongoing AWS-3 spectrum auction are contributing to the situation, they added.
T-Mobile US is continuing to press its case to the FCC that the commission should reserve more spectrum for smaller carriers in the 2016 incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. T-Mobile fears that the way the auction is currently designed will allow Verizon Wireless and AT&T to walk away with the bulk of the spectrum licenses up for bid, leaving minimal amounts of spectrum in the "reserved" pool for smaller carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint and others.
Mexico's competition regulator approved AT&T's $2.5 billion purchase of No.3 Mexican carrier Iusacell, with certain conditions, clearing the way for the deal to close sometime in the first quarter of 2015.