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Viacom signs carriage agreement with Cox

While Viacom's top executives wage a bitter battle for control of the company; its linear ratings, ad sales and stock price are all struggling; and it continues to be shut out from several mid-sized cable systems, Viacom carriage with top pay-TV operators remains assured.

Verizon, CWA, IBEW strike could impact U.S. jobs report

With about 39,000 Verizon workers represented by the CWA and IBEW still on strike across 10 states, the upcoming U.S. jobs report for May could take a downturn.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend

Just a note to let you know that FierceCable will not be publishing on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. We'll be back in your mailbox on Tuesday, May 31. Until then, have a safe, fun, relaxing holiday weekend.

Mediacom suffers setback in Iowa City muni broadband battle

A federal judge in Iowa City has ruled that local operator ImOn Communications can proceed with a municipal broadband project, despite a pending lawsuit filed against it by Mediacom Communications.

Nexstar divests five stations, gets closer to closing $4.6B Media General deal

Nexstar Broadcasting said it has sold five of its stations in four markets as a key step toward fulfilling regulatory requirements for its $4.6 billion purchase of Media General.

AT&T shifts focus to Google, Facebook over internet privacy concerns

Continuing to bombard the FCC with NPRM-related commentary that the agency may or may not be listening to, AT&T called a proposal to enact privacy regulations on ISPs a "misdirection."

Comcast loses pair of Oregon state tax rulings

Comcast came out on the losing end of two separate state-tax-related rulings in Oregon this week, each of which has significant impact on telecommunications in the state.

Media stocks jump as word leaks that Apple proposed buying Time Warner Inc.

Proving once again that Apple doesn't have to do much to bate the media industry's breath, word that top company executives had discussed purchased Time Warner Inc. has ticked up media stocks over the last two days.

Dish accounts for half of all retrans disputes, NAB says

Continuing to single out one pay-TV operator in its ongoing quest to convince the FCC to keep retrans regulations the way they are, the NAB has called Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH) "the communications industry's ultimate regulatory profiteer and catalyst for half of all retransmission consent disputes. "

Cellular preparing to battle proprietary tech for the IoT

The Internet of Things is emerging as an important market from MSOs like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon. As various companies plot strategies to take advantage of IoT, a veritable alphabet soup of different proprietary IoT connectivity solutions like Sigfox and Ingenu are competing for share.

Comcast ups ante in Twin Cities with 1,400 hot spots, cloud DVR service, and more

Comcast continues to respond to growing competitive pressure in the Minnesota/Twin Cities region, announcing a range of service enhancements that include the addition of 1,400 local Wi-Fi hot spots, cloud DVR service and a $15 million investment into the MSO's business services network.

GOP-controlled House committee seeks to gut FCC authority, kill set-top proposal

Republicans controlling the House Appropriations Committee have released a plan that would cut the FCC's budget by 18 percent and block the agency's ability to enforce its net neutrality rules and to adopt its proposed new regulations on set-tops.

Comcast still ranks last in customer 'experience' survey focused on top pay-TV companies

Despite a $300 million investment to improve its customer service reputation, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) finds itself ranked dead last in a survey of 10,000 customers rating their experiences with top TV service providers.

Showtime's Christie: SVOD not cannibalizing core linear channels

More than a year into its dive into what was seen as the risky waters of direct-to-consumer SVOD distribution, Showtime COO Tom Christie says he's seeing no signs that the premium cable programmer's core linear channels are taking on water.

Law firm selected in combined, nationwide class-action suit against DirecTV/NFL Sunday Ticket

A flurry of antitrust lawsuits filed by both residential and commercial customers against DirecTV (NYSE: T) and the NFL over the exclusivity of NFL Sunday Ticket out-of-market games has been combined into a nationwide class action complaint, with law firm Robins Kaplan LLP selected as the co-lead for the plaintiffs.

Comcast being investigated in New Jersey for HD surcharges

New Jersey regulators are investigating a $9.95 HD charge Comcast has allegedly tacked onto skinny bundle services in several local markets.

Growth in consumer SVOD spending finally slowing down, research company says

Offering the first sign that the U.S. SVOD market might be approaching saturation, Strategy Analytics found that growth in the sector has slowed down a bit in 2016.

Comcast caps broadband data overage charges at $200

After upping the data limit in its usage-based pricing trial markets to 1 terabyte per month, Comcast is also limiting the amount of overage charges to $200.

Verizon strikers accused of harassing replacement workers

As FierceTelecom reports, striking Verizon workers represented by the CWA and IBEW have been accused by the NLRB of harassing replacement workers at hotels in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Comcast, NCTA join all-out reply comment assault on FCC set-top proposal

In one of the most all-out offensives launched at the FCC's "Unlock the Box" set-top regulatory proposal, Comcast and the NCTA each filed searing reply commentary to the agency.

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