The Kennedy Center will award 2018's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to "Seinfeld" alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The 11-time Emmy Award-winner is working on the last season of "Veep."
Comcast reports that almost 58 million customers in 39 states and the District of Columbia can now use Xfinity Gigabit Internet, pushing the company into the lead among US gigabit providers. Gigabit Internet is available for $104.95 monthly to first-time residential users after the introductory pricing period ends.
A recent Nielsen report shows that two-thirds of households with TVs purchase either Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, and a study from Parks Associates puts the share of broadband customers who subscribe to at least three streaming services at a mere 16%. However, industry executives are optimistic that as the number of cord-cutters increases, the number of services they sign up for will too.
Fox News has announced that its talent roster at Fox Nation will include Brit Hume, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The streaming service, which is focused on commentary and long-form documentaries, is expected to debut soon.
Comcast Cable has brought roughly 37 apps onto its X1 platform and hopes to add at least 30 more before 2018 is out. The aim is to provide customers with access to the 100 leading connected TV apps, letting users view content from a variety of sources.
Strong North American sales of 5G-enabling gear for cellular towers have pushed Ericsson into the black for the first time in nine quarters, and Nokia reportedly looks to benefit from the same development. "5G is becoming a commercial reality," Ericsson Chief Executive Borje Ekholm said.
Verizon's Bill Stone said that the company can put outdoor 3.5 GHz CBRS services in the field now. The Federal Communications Commission is also focusing on the band: it's preparing to vote on final rules and has heard requests from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition and others.
T-Mobile has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to conduct a trial of dual-connectivity for 5G, and would use vendors in Spokane, Wash., as well as Las Vegas. Dual-connectivity would allow devices to stay connected to both 5G and 4G LTE networks while in range.
Starry CEO Chet Kanojia praised Verizon's launch of its 5G Home service, saying the telecom legitimized the 28 GHz-based technology. The fixed wireless startup, which introduced millimeter-wave service to some skepticism in Boston, has expanded to Los Angeles and is now building out in two other cities.
Broadband investment has rebounded since the Federal Communications Commission in 2017 eliminated net neutrality rules adopted two years earlier, according to figures released Thursday by USTelecom and touted by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Providers increased capital expenses by $1.5 billion last year after a $3.2 billion drop from 2014 to 2016, the research found.