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.
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.
The National Cable Telecommunications Association has written the FCC, calling a proposed redefinition of broadband to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream excessive.
Verizon is offering customers who use its FiOS Quantum Gateway a suite of guest Wi-Fi and enhanced parental controls.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Several years after the debut of the premium cable channel's TV Everywhere platform, Suddenlink Communications has announced a deal to support Showtime Anytime.
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.
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.
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.
Netflix plans to sustain up to 20 original scripted series a year, according to the SVOD service's chief content officer, Ted Sarandos.
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.
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 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.