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Comcast, TWC back off funding dinner for FCC's Clyburn

Comcast wants to keep everything out of the shadows, so it's pulling its reported $110,000 support for a function honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn while she and the agency are in the process of reviewing Comcast's $45.2 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable.

EE subscribers threaten to quit over call centre priority service

EE faces a customer backlash after introducing a service that lets subscribers pay to skip to the front of the queue when calling customer service centres.

Comcast subs in Olympia, Wash., bear brunt of OTT's growing popularity

Over-the-top video is driving a tax hike in Olympia, Wash., where a generational shift from cable TV viewing to the cord-cutter lifestyle has lowered the revenue that the city gathers by taxing Comcast based on the number of subscribers.

Multiscreen presenting challenges for mandated closed captioning

Broadcasters--who are noticeably reluctant to do so--and online video providers are in a hurry-up mode when it comes to complying with FCC rules passed in 2012 that require TV programs and moves to have closed captions even if they're being shown on online video. That makes captioning a potentially contentious space.

Pai calls for end to NFL's cable, satellite blackout rules

Sports fans have an ally in FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, who is taking on the powerful National Football League for them. Pai, speaking at a news conference in Buffalo, called NFL blackout rules "outdated" and said he'd like his fellow commissioners to do something about it.

Frontier will not raise rates in Connecticut for 3 years

To get approval of its acquisition of AT&T's  U-verse video and satellite TV operations in Connecticut, Frontier Communications cut a deal with the Connecticut Attorney General in which it agreed to not increase the rates for basic primary residential service for 36 months. The company also said it will offer its basic broadband and stand-alone basic broadband product at or below Frontier's current prices.

OTT shift drives hike in Olympia, Wash. subscribers' cable tax

City fathers in Olympia, Wash., are using the increased popularity of over-the-top viewing as a reason to wring more money from an already stressed source, raising the tax on Comcast cable customers by $5 a month starting Jan. 1, 2015.

Comcast-TWC critics look askance at $130K fete for FCC's Clyburn

Even as the FCC and other regulatory bodies continue to review Comcast's $45.2 billion bid to take over Time Warner Cable, the two companies plan to spend more than $130,000 on a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, multiple reports say.

Comcast-TWC, AT&T-DirecTV megadeals have rural viewers worried

About half of the thousands of letters the FCC has received about Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable and AT&T's planned acquisition of DirecTV have come from viewers who want their RFD-TV.

Local markets in Northeast, Michigan, Southeast deal with SpinCo ramifications

Even as federal regulators continue to ponder the efficacy of SpinCo, the Comcast and Charter Communications subscriber juggle proposed to clear one hurdle of Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable, the wide-ranging deal is roiling local markets that might soon, for better or worse, have a completely new cable operator presence.