The cable industry supports 2.9 million jobs, contributing $421 billion to the economy, per an NCTA: The Internet & Television Association study. "Whether it's building the powerful broadband networks that are transforming our lives or creating the award-winning TV that is entertaining us, this industry continues to be one of the most significant contributors to our nation's economy," said President and CEO Michael Powell.
AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner will be a topic of discussion at a Senate hearing evaluating President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Justice Department, Makan Delrahim. Though Delrahim has said that he doesn't believe the deal has a "major antitrust problem," his past role as an antitrust attorney may require him to recuse himself from proceedings, potentially delaying the deal.
Comcast is seeing its best customer service ratings since 2001, per the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Customer complaints are down 40% from 2014 and 25% from 2015, when a $300 million self-improvement program was launched.
Wi-Fi is the most important amenity for renters, 34% of multifamily unit managers said in an Xfinity Communities study, with just 13% of managers selecting in-room laundry facilities. Around 87% of managers said technology was "extremely important" or "very important" for keeping tenants happy.
DogTV has launched a subscription-video-on-demand service on Comcast for $4.99 per month. The service includes original content that is "scientifically developed and tested" for dogs to view when their owners are away.
TV Everywhere has reached an "aided awareness" level of 73%, a Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing survey has found. The survey also found that 51% of cable subs used TV Everywhere services in the previous month and 56% in the past six months.
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed copper retirement and pole attachment reforms to remove infrastructure barriers and promote the growth of wireline broadband and next-generation services. "When you make it easier and cheaper to build high-speed networks, companies are more likely to build those networks," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Resolving speed and connectivity issues was at the forefront of last week's Wi-Fi Now event. The need for additional unlicensed spectrum, the use of 802.11ax and communication with other industries were some of the topics tackled at the event that could lead to increased speeds and connectivity for wireless.
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