C Spire will bring its gigabit broadband service to Birmingham and the Alabama county of Shelby as well as other areas with construction of the fiber-optic network scheduled to start in 2020. The move is designed to help C Spire move into larger markets.
Democrats and Republicans criticized at Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai at a House Energy & Commerce Committee oversight hearing although the GOP members limited their questions to procedural and communications issues while Democrats focused on policy.
DAZN is trying to build subscriptions for its over-the-top sports service by putting some content on other platforms free of charge. The streaming service released a recent documentary about heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua losing to Andy Ruiz last June on YouTube in order to build awareness for this Saturday's rematch, says Jamie Horowitz, the service's executive vice president.
The Wireless Broadband Alliance reports that phase one testing of Wi-Fi 6 at the Mettis Aerospace factory in the UK was successful. The technology produced data transmission speeds of 700 megabits per second on 80-megahertz channels.
The majority of voters in the US turn to television to get news on current events, data from a Hill-HarrisX poll shows. Some 53% of respondents cited TV as their main news source and 21% said they relied on the internet, while newspapers and radio were the top choices for 9% and 6%, respectively.
Sinclair Broadcast Group reporter James Rosen asked Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the Speaker of the House of Representatives, if she hated the president while at a news conference this week. Pelosi cited her Catholicism and said she doesn't hate anyone, but feels Trump denies climate change, lacks the courage to address gun violence and treats young immigrants cruelly.
Antitrust officials with the US Department of Justice voiced their support this week for the Global Music Rights organization in its legal battle against the Radio Music Licensing Committee and called on federal court to reject the RMLC's arguments. A trial is scheduled next year for lawsuits between the two organizations, in which the RMLC accuses GMR of anticompetitive behavior and GMR asserts the RMLC is hurting musical artists by fixing royalty rates.
Stitcher, the podcasting arm of E.W. Scripps, has signed a two-year, $10 million deal with Exactly Right Network, maker of "My Favorite Murder" and other true crime podcasts, which will see the team develop at least 12 new series. The deal is among the biggest in podcasting's short history, although industry experts report that six-figure agreements are becoming increasingly common as the medium gains popularity.
Jay Kriegel, who made a name for himself challenging the status quo in New York City politics, broadcasting and real estate, passed away this week at 79. He was CBS's senior vice president during the 1980s and 90s, and was one of the forces behind legislation giving broadcasters the right to receive payment from cable networks that aired their content.
Comcast Business is testing a GameOn app that lets customers in selected Philadelphia restaurants and bars win prizes by predicting the outcomes of live sports events. The company has plans to expand the app to more businesses around the US, and GameOn, a startup that originally developed the app for Comcast's X1 business platform, has already introduced a free Android and iOS version.