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Image via Wikipedia With the recent battle between Cablevision and Disney over Retransmission Consent in New York regarding WABC-TV carriage on Cablevisions 3.1 million subscribers, and thereby producing a coalition of Cable Providers to petition the FCC to intervene in negotiations, is akin to the saying: (be careful what you ask for). It seems to me, this is a business market negotiation best handled through competitive market forces rather than asking the FCC to get involved in a dispute between two companies. The (ax can cut both ways) when it comes to oversight of the pipeline distribution and broadcasting industries. Yes, consumers are caught in the middle, wanting pertinent and relevant programming for a reasonable price, while public negotiations and threats of signal cuts dominate the headlines; see (Cable firms seek FCC help in fee disputes). The issue r... (more)

The Bottom Line: Court Decision on Comcast Vs FCC

Image by Getty Images via Daylife In a decision awaited by many since the FCC’s 2008 admonishment of Comcast’s throttling of file sharing sites, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ruled to vacate the FCC’s order. The courts seemed to be following the letter of law when making its decision to vacate. See (D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ Comcast/BitTorrent Decision is Out) In essence, the court, in a unanimous decision implied the FCC showed no statutory link under its Title I ancillary authority to mandate that Comcast not throttle file sharing in what has become an ISP netwo... (more)

Cisco Bets on the Future of Video with Contest

Cisco is doing its research in coming up with a contest designed to engage constituents interested in video platforms, and produce a smart video that portrays how video content could integrate with your TV in the future. Titled, “If your TV could do anything, what would you want it to do?” the contest throws down the gauntlet in asking for the best idea of what the future of TV should look like. Research Where did the idea come from? While researching the dynamics in the future demand for mobile content, Cisco pulled together statistics in indicating the potential growth in vid... (more)

News Corp Scandal: Trustable does not Mean Trustworthy

Let’s’ face it; we are addicted to scandalizing news while constantly searching for the next story that will fill our need for knowing and reveling in the innermost secrets of celebrities, public figures, those thrust into the spotlight by accident, or someone who does outlandish or criminal things. It’s just our nature, as we feed on anything tantalizing through lenses made available through new... Broadband Industry Intelligence for Mobile-Cable-Wireless-Telecom ... (more)

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

AT&T (NYSE-T) has just announced its intentions, through an agreement with Deutsche Telecom (OTC-DTEGY), to purchase T-Mobile USA a subsidiary of Deutsche Telecom for a reported $39 Billion. See (AT&T to Acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom) The merger announcement was quickly endorsed by the CWA touting the synergies and benefits to faster mobile deployment within the U.S. while... Broadband Industry Intelligence for Mobile-Cable-Wireless-Telecom ... (more)