About 800,000 Pennsylvania residents lack high-speed internet access, and Gov. Tom Wolf is allocating $35 million for telecom companies to expand broadband to underserved areas. Wolf said he would like all parts of the state to have access to broadband by the close of 2022.
Fifty-five percent of households in the US subscribe to at least one streaming service, with the average consumer subscribing to three, Deloitte's 2018 Digital Media Trends Survey has found. Subscription service revenue has risen to $2.1 billion per month, the survey found.
CBS' second episode of "American Idol" on Sunday night brought in 7.7 million viewers. Though the show's ratings slipped compared with the season premiere, the show still took the top spot of the night in the 18-to-49 demographic.
The American Cable Association is pushing for the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on raising the 39% ownership cap for TV station groups, saying broadcasters should share their cost-benefit data so the FCC can examine how such a move could raise cable bills. "Simply put, the more of an MVPD's subscribers a broadcaster can reach, the more leverage it has in negotiations with that MVPD -- and the more leverage a broadcaster has, the more harm it can do to the MVPD and its subscribers," the ACA writes.
The Justice Department's antitrust suit against AT&T over the company's proposed merger with Time Warner kicked off Monday, with AT&T arguing against the DOJ's use of certain types of evidence. The first two days have been reserved for discussions, with opening statements to occur Wednesday.
Cheddar has raised $22 million in a Series D funding round, bringing its total raised to roughly $32 million. The company is aiming to expand domestically and internationally, with plans including the launch of its Snapchat Publisher Story and its Cheddar Big News service.
HBO and Sky have teamed up on the co-production of miniseries "Chernobyl." Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson have been tapped to star in the five-part series, which will focus on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion.
Cox Communications has announced the launch of its Cox2M unit, which will focus on internet of things services. Connected health care, fault detection, tracking of commercial assets and inventory, and services for smart cities are among the unit's offerings.
CenturyLink's Kevin McBride sees automation as one of the key drivers of the digital transformation. "I want to talk about how automation is gluing together a data-driven network, going into big data and how that is going to accelerate deployments within a carrier or service provider network," he said.
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