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Net neutrality: Netflix says fast-lane fees to Comcast are 150% more than cost of transport

As the FCC prepares for the next round of deliberation on potential Open Internet rules, Netflix filed another comment arguing that Internet service providers can bottleneck traffic at will, with no rules in place to stop them from doing so. Further, it pointed out that the fees it now pays to Comcast for preferred access to its last-mile network are more than what Netflix pays to get its data to the cable operator's doorstep.

Senators look to kill STAVRA if CableCARD language isn't taken out

It has already cleared the Senate Commerce Committee, but a push is being made to let STAVRA expire on Dec. 31 if language isn't removed from the bill that stipulates the end of the CableCARD rule.

AT&T's Stephenson appeals directly to FCC's Wheeler to not reclassify broadband under Title II

Randall Stephenson, AT&T's CEO, met with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler earlier this week asking him to not reclassify wireline broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act.

Waiting for MVPD status, Aereo cuts way back

Slipping into hibernation mode as it waits for the FCC--and the courts--to give it new life by declaring it a multichannel video programming distributor with all the riches that entails, Aereo has decided to shutter its Boston office, laying off 43 employees. An undisclosed number of employees will also be laid off from its New York headquarters. FierceOnlineVideo has a report here.

Aereo scales back, shutting down Boston office and laying off some NYC staff

In an expected move, Aereo will shutter its Boston office on Nov. 12, a move that will see 43 employees laid off. The online video provider will also lay off an undisclosed number of employees at its New York City headquarters.

FCC denies programmers' plea to limit document access during merger reviews

The FCC has denied a request made by top media conglomerates to restrict access for 245 individuals to see deal-related documents as part of ongoing pay-TV merger reviews.

FCC doesn't understand impracticality of live linear video over OTT, analyst says

While it's good to see the FCC finally recognize that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are anachronistic, the commission revealed its naiveté of over-the-top distribution by not acknowledging the impracticality of online video for live linear broadcasts. That's the conclusion of analyst Joel Espelien of The Diffusion Group. His latest report can be found here, distilled by FierceOnlineVideo.

Linear broadcast over OTT would throw viewers 'back to 1985,' analyst says

While it's about time the FCC finally recognized that regulations for facilities-based MVPDs are "anachronistic," the commission is completely clueless about what broadband video really is, and what it means for media and entertainment's future, an analyst with The Diffusion Group says.

Comcast to appeal CSN Houston ruling, but DirecTV, AT&T move ahead with plans for RSN

Comcast will appeal a bankruptcy court decision to transfer ownership of regional sports network CSN Houston to DirecTV and AT&T. But according to the Houston Chronicle, which has been exclusively tracking the case, Judge Marvin Isgur refused Comcast's request to stay his decision in the Chapter 11 restructuring.

Report: Cricket blocked encrypted emails for months

Some Cricket customers were unable to send or receive encrypted email for months, according to  The Washington Post, citing security researchers.