The FCC wants to charge satellite operators DirecTV and Dish Network a per-subscriber regulatory fee, just as it does for cable and IPTV companies.
The top 17 ISPs added nearly 1.2 million broadband subscriptions in the first quarter, according to Leichtman Research Group, with cable companies accounting for 86 percent of that growth. The report comes as Comcast, the No. 1 cable company, is seeing broadband subscribers surpass video customers for the first time.
CHICAGO--Comcast Cable CTO Tony Werner said that 60 percent of the company's new customers never connect a wire to access Comcast's services. Instead, he said, those customers use Wi-Fi exclusively to access content and services.
CHICAGO--Addressing an INTX convention backed by a trade group that's suing to stop his new Open Internet orders, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urged cable operators to embrace their transformation from cable TV distributors to broadband companies and rise to the "challenge" of making Internet service a more competitive business.
Telcos AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink have owned the wholesale special access market for decades. But cable operators have emerged to shake up this moribund market, giving competitive local exchange operators a bit of choice in their ability to connect their multi-site business customers in rural areas.
Cable operators are in an interesting position to drive new competition in the wholesale special access market, giving CLECs the ability to connect their multi-site business customers in areas where they can't economically reach with their own facilities today.
Broadcom is using the occasion of the CableLabs Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla., to roll out a new 4K set-top chip for set-tops, new diagnostic analyzers for cable operators, and a 5G Wi-Fi combo chip.
With cable companies increasingly focused on developing products and services to monetize their fast-growing Wi-Fi networks, Mavenir Systems is introducing a voice-over-Wi-Fi calling solution targeted to MSOs.
Mediacom Communications reported 10,000 lost video subscriptions in the fourth quarter across its two operating units, with the MSO finishing the full 2014 with 890,000 pay-TV service customers, down from 945,000 at the end of 2013.
Cable operators have come to a crossroad. The growing popularity of online video services continues to erode their bread-and-butter video base, but Wi-Fi has emerged as a new revenue source.