News of Note—Charter, Verizon, Apple, Hulu, more

News of note

> Despite claims by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai that Charter Communications will increase network infrastructure spending now that Title II restrictions have been lifted, the company is set to reduce capex in 2018. Ars Technica story

> Viasat said its ViaSat-2 satellite, which can provide 100 Mbps downstream broadband service, is now operational. Multichannel News story

> Apple’s TV app, available across its iOS and tvOS devices, has added live news to its slate of available TV and streaming video apps. FierceVideo story

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> Hulu is adding new features and functions to its cloud DVR this week as well as rolling out support for 60fps. FierceVideo story

> Verizon could engage in mergers or acquisitions in order to bolster its network or its content offerings, analysts at Wall Street research firm Barclays noted. Before the carrier pulls the trigger on any transaction, however, “an attractive case needs to be made.” FierceWireless story

> The Internet Association has called for Congress to create a permanent legislative solution to the net neutrality debate following the FCC’s recent move to overturn the current rules. FierceTelecom story