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