The Federal Communications Commission has voted to release 1,700 MHz of high-band spectrum for 5G wireless, a move applauded by cable operators and telecoms, including Charter Communications, Verizon and T-Mobile. The commission also voted to retain the 64-71 GHz band for unlicensed use.
Roku recently announced that 43% of the content watched on its over-the-top devices during the first six months of 2017 was supported by ads, and 41% of its profits for the same period came from advertising. "Ad-supported OTT should prove to be a strong contender for television advertising dollars as more and more viewers shift away from traditional television," writes Alan Wolk.
The Federal Communications Commission will vote December 14 on a proposal to overturn net neutrality rules, sources say. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will release plans next week for the final vote to roll back the Obama-era regulations, the sources claim.
Comcast has launched its RealTime Assist messaging service in an effort to improve its customer service. Customers can use their mobile phones, the X1 platform or the My Account app to receive information on technician appointments, upgrades, outages and more.
The Justice Department has reached out to 18 state attorneys general seeking support for an antitrust lawsuit to block the proposed deal between AT&T and Time Warner, a source says. A draft complaint has reportedly been sent, but no state has yet joined a potential lawsuit.
Charter Communications is teaming up with Viacom to create original content that will first be available to Charter subscribers before being distributed across international and domestic markets. The companies will also work together on the use of anonymized viewership data for advertising, as well as to tackle the issue of unauthorized password sharing.
National Geographic has announced the development of "Valley of the Boom," a series focused on the dot-com boom of the 1990s. Matthew Carnahan and Ariana Huffington will executive produce the series, which will look at the rise and fall of people and brands in Silicon Valley during the tech boom.
SD-WAN will challenge MPLS, but many companies will use both, operating as hybrid networks for the foreseeable future, says Comcast Business Senior Vice President Kevin O'Toole. "MPLS is not going away overnight and 15 years from now we're going to be in a room like this and there will still be people using MPLS," O'Toole told MEF 17 attendees.
Sony is now part of Comcast's Xfinity TV Partner program, joining Samsung and LG. Through the partnership, Comcast's Xfinity app, featuring live TV, DVR and on-demand content, will be available on Sony's Android TVs.