Senators have agreed that broadband funding in the proposed infrastructure bill should primarily go to regions that lack essential service, an aide reports, a move that addresses the concerns of NCTA - The Internet & Television Association and cable providers in general. Many operators reportedly were uneasy about the potential of companies overbuilding existing networks with federal money.
HBO Max will air a minimum of 10 new Warner Bros. films exclusively next year, WarnerMedia head Jason Kilar recently announced. The streaming service is increasingly turning to original content in order to remain competitive with other video-on-demand platforms.
Comcast's XMF platform brings fiber cut detection time, previously two hours, down to under two minutes by using older optical spectrum analyzers. Engineer Venk Mutalik spearheaded the project, which monitors individual fiber performance.
Cox Business introduced a service aimed at providing small businesses with broadband connections even during outages that take down wired or private Wi-Fi access. Net Assurance relies on an LTE network, available through Cox's partnerships with wireless operators, and an uninterruptible power supply.
"Late Show" host Stephen Colbert and radio personality Charlamagne tha God are joining forces for a new weekly show on Comedy Central. "Tha God's Honest Truth with Lenard 'Charlamagne' McKelvey" will premiere Sept. 17, with Colbert producing.
The combined subscriber base of HBO and streaming service HBO Max had risen to 47 million on June 30, a year-to-year increase of 10.7 million and a quarterly jump of 2.85 million. Parent company AT&T has bumped up its target for the platforms' yearly growth.
Charter Communications has chosen Gibson Technical Services to start building broadband networks in Alabama, North Carolina and Louisiana. The cable provider is planning to fund its initiatives with the $1.22 million Rural Deployment Opportunity Fund grants it was awarded, even though no money has yet arrived from the Federal Communications Commission.
NCTA-The Internet & Television Association is objecting to
potential US Treasury Department plans to dole out broadband grants from Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to local government projects. The group, which says municipalities enjoy "unfair" advantages over private companies, prefers that the money go toward private-public partnerships.
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