Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V, has suspended Brendan Carr's Federal Communications Commission renomination after the agency suspended its Mobility Fund Phase II program over inaccurate broadband coverage data. Manchin said he welcomed FCC's findings that coverage maps are inaccurate, but warned that suspending the Mobility Fund indefinitely means cutting access to much-needed broadband deployment funding for states such as West Virginia.
Newzoo, a gaming research company, reports that mobile games provide more than three-fourths of all revenue for app stores. An AppsFlyer report shows that in-app advertising is the largest revenue stream for hyper-casual games, accounting for over 50% of revenue, but purchases are still the main source for other categories.
The Agriculture Department has issued regulations for how it will parcel out $600 million in grants and loans under the newly created Rural Broadband Pilot program, known as ReConnect. The rules are aimed at a broad range of groups eligible for funding after the USDA begins accepting applications next year.
The 3GPP group setting specifications for 5G services announced a three-month delay -- until March -- in issuing its Release 15 standard, according to third-party social media postings Friday. Work has reportedly been held up due to a backwards-compatibility issue in the standard.
As part of its five-year initiative to take advantage of public cloud services, Verizon has about 80 applications in production or near-production on containers, Kubernetes and other cloud-native platforms. Verizon's Nanda Kumar says the carrier is looking at running containers and Kubernetes on bare-metal environments for apps requiring more resource support, and on virtual machines to improve scalability.
The Department of Justice is asking the radio business for feedback as it scrutinizes approximately 1,300 consent decrees, including how BMI and Ascap music is licensed to broadcasters. Some legislators on Capitol Hill are concerned that any changes would harm the progress made by the Music Modernization Act, which became law in October.
Nielsen Holdings is reportedly scheduled to meet in January with private equity firms, including the partnership of Blackstone and Hellman & Friedman, as well as Bain Capital, as it explores going private. If the company does go private, it will be among the biggest leveraged buyouts in recent times, since Nielsen's enterprise value is almost $18 billion.
Actress Eliza Dushku won a $9.5 million lawsuit against CBS in 2017 after she said she was written out of CBS series "Bull" for reporting inappropriate behavior from star Michael Weatherly. The settlement was confidential and was only revealed during the recent investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against former CEO Leslie Moonves.
Curtis LeGeyt, executive vice president of government relations for the National Association of Broadcasters, said that experts in tower construction and maintenance believe that, given the weather and staffing challenges they face, the Federal Communications Commission's 2020 completion timeline is unrealistic. They suggest extending the timeline to 2023 and adding more personnel and gear or, if the 2020 deadline is a must, running stations from backup facilities, though broadcasters may nix that idea due to coverage loss.
Nielsen Media reports that Fox News was the highest-rated cable news network in prime time for 2018, raking in an average of 2.5 million people watching its programs. MSNBC came in second, with 1.8 million, up 12% from last year to hit a record for the network.