While this year's INTX tradeshow may not have met its attendance goals, the cable industry show saw a number of newsworthy moments related to controversial regulatory and technology topics.
As Altice and Charter Communications complete their mega-billion dollar acquisitions of Cablevision and Time Warner Cable, employees of these cable MSOs are bracing for potential layoffs as these companies look to trim off redundant positions.
The FCC approved Charter Communications' blockbuster acquisition of fellow cable operators Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks this week, and in its lengthy filing approving the deal the agency acknowledged that the companies may well pursue some kind of wireless strategy, including possibly launching an MVNO service. The FCC also offered a glimpse into the plans by Charter, TWC and Bright House to expand their public Wi-Fi networks, and how that effort could create challenges for the nation's wireless network operators.
Charter Communications is poised to gain more market share in the small to medium and larger enterprise business markets-- two segments where it is still a young player.
Charter Communications got the thumbs up from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler for its pending acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House, creating a new powerhouse consumer and business service player.
Altice's acquisition of Suddenlink and soon-to-be-completed purchase of Cablevision will enable the service provider to potentially shake up the U.S. cable market as a major competitor to Charter Communications and Comcast. However, the France-based conglomerate faces another uphill battle.
Amid an overall ramp-up of ad tech strategy in the pay-TV business, Charter Communications has announced the hiring of longtime Comcast executive Rob Klippel as senior VP of advanced advertising products and strategy.
Internet giant and Android creator Google said it will not bid for 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the FCC's upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcasters' spectrum. Google will join Sprint, Charter Communications and other tech heavyweights in sitting out the event.
Charter Communications beat merger opposition group Stop Mega Cable to the social-media punch, seizing its would-be Twitter handle and posting pro-deal messaging from it.
Charter Communications said that more than 95 percent of its truck rolls are now being handled in-house, a strategy that is improving churn and other metrics.