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Wireless biz should look past Freewheel's limitations and into Dolan's beady eyes

Don't expect the announcement of Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only phone service  to spin Randall Stephenson into reenacting the bunker scene from Downfall when AT&T delivers its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon. Freewheel is not a threat of any kind to the incumbent wireless industry.

Brian Roberts called Barack Obama, tried to talk him out of Title II proposal

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called a top Obama aide late last year in an unsuccessful attempt to dissuade the President from endorsing strident Title II-based Internet regulation.

NCTA calls 25 Mbps broadband definition excessive in FCC filing

The National Cable Telecommunications Association has written the FCC, calling a proposed redefinition of broadband to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream excessive.

FiOS Quantum gateway users get new parental controls, guest Wi-Fi features

Verizon is offering customers who use its FiOS Quantum Gateway a suite of guest Wi-Fi and enhanced parental controls.

Early Sling TV reviews: Technologically solid, but the programming is for geezers

Dish Network made its new over-the-top streaming service, Sling TV, available for select tech bloggers and media journalists last week, who seemed to arrive at rather unified conclusions: The technology works great, but the programming is not going to appeal to millennial-aged consumers.

Cable will begin to reclaim video share from satellite in 2015, analyst predicts

Take that, cool, well-adjusted, normal-armed, DirecTV subscriber Rob Lowe: Media analyst Craig Moffett predicts that starting this year, cable will reverse a decade-long trend of losing video market share to satellite.

Cablevision launches Wi-Fi-only mobile phone service

Cablevision announced it will launch a mobile phone service using its Wi-Fi network, making it the first cable MSO to do so.  The no-contract service will cost just $9.95 for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.

Bad timing? TWC tops in Better Business Bureau complaints in Charlotte

It's just a regional snapshot, but the latest news out of the Better Business Bureau in Charlotte, N.C., isn't going to burnish the fractured customer service reputation of Time Warner Cable.

AT&T pondering name change for DirecTV post-purchase

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says AT&T is currently reviewing a major branding change for DirecTV, as federal regulators finish off their own review of the telco's purchase of the pay-TV operator.

Proposed Senate bill targets municipal broadband restrictions

Three Democratic Senators have developed a new bill to overturn existing state laws banning or restricting cities and towns from building their own broadband networks. The bill, called the Community Broadband Act, was jointly developed by Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Edward Markey (D-MA) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). FierceTelecom has a complete breakdown of the news here.

NBC stations refuse to air Comcast attack ad from conservative PAC

NBC stations in five election "battleground" states have refused to air a two-minute commercial from a conservative political action committee attacking parent conglomerate Comcast for alleged liberal bias.

Suddenlink (finally) signs deal for Showtime Anytime platform

Several years after the debut of the premium cable channel's TV Everywhere platform, Suddenlink Communications has announced a deal to support Showtime Anytime.

SNL Kagan: sports cost growth to accelerate to 7.3% from 2014-18

For pay-TV operators, fast-growing sports program licensing costs are about to expand even faster. According to new data released by SNL Kagan, the cost of licensing sports networks will rise by 7.3 percent over the next five years. That compares to a 5.3 percent expansion over the previous five years.

Illinois court: Dish violated FTC telemarketing rules 'tens of millions' of times

Dish Network continues to face federal flack for its telemarketing practices. The latest blow came from federal court in Springfield, Ill., which found Dish liable for "tens of millions" of calls that violated the Federal Trade Commission's Telemarketing Sales Rule.

Parks: 17% of broadband homes likely to subscribe to HBO's upcoming a la carte service

Research firm Parks Associates says 17 percent of U.S. broadband homes are likely to subscribe to HBO's over-the-top, a la carte video service when it launches later this year.

Sarandos says Netflix will sustain up to 20 original scripted shows a year

Netflix plans to sustain up to 20 original scripted series a year, according to the SVOD service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.

Windstream gets away with it: state approves REIT spinoff

Windstream has received all of the state regulatory approvals it needs from state public service commissions in its territory to move ahead with its planned real estate investment trust spinoff. Among the state agencies that granted approvals was the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. FierceTelecom's Sean Buckley has a full report here.

Comcast's next-generation Xi4 set-top passes FCC muster

Comcast has received approval from the FCC for its next-generation Xi4 set-top box, according to a regulatory filing to the agency.

Verizon adds 116K video subs in Q4, up 26%

Verizon Communications added 116,000 FiOS video subscribers in the fourth quarter, a 26 percent year-over-year uptick, upping its total video subscriber base to 5.6 million.

Comcast to use Super Bowl to promote TV Everywhere initiatives

Comcast plans to punctuate its ongoing TV Everywhere promotion campaign with a blowout Super Bowl Sunday, during which it will stream 11 hours of programming to anyone with a compatible IP device, no pay-TV subscription required.