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11/17/2017

The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously voted in favor of seeking public comments on the elimination of cable systems reporting through Form 325. The FCC is requesting input on whether the costs outweigh the benefits and is also seeking alternative methods for collecting data.

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11/17/2017

Comcast and Verizon have each approached 21st Century Fox about acquiring several of its television and film assets, sources say. The potential buyers have reportedly expressed interest in entities such as cable networks National Geographic and FX, European pay-TV provider Sky as well as Fox's movie and TV production studios, though discussions are in the very early stages.

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11/17/2017

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to release 1,700 MHz of high-band spectrum for 5G wireless, a move applauded by cable operators and telecoms, including Charter Communications, Verizon and T-Mobile. The commission also voted to retain the 64-71 GHz band for unlicensed use.

11/17/2017

The Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of the voluntary deployment of ATSC 3.0. Broadcasts using the new standard could be on the air as early as next spring.

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11/17/2017

Roku recently announced that 43% of the content watched on its over-the-top devices during the first six months of 2017 was supported by ads, and 41% of its profits for the same period came from advertising. "Ad-supported OTT should prove to be a strong contender for television advertising dollars as more and more viewers shift away from traditional television," writes Alan Wolk.

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11/16/2017

The Federal Communications Commission will vote December 14 on a proposal to overturn net neutrality rules, sources say. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will release plans next week for the final vote to roll back the Obama-era regulations, the sources claim.

11/16/2017

Comcast has launched its RealTime Assist messaging service in an effort to improve its customer service. Customers can use their mobile phones, the X1 platform or the My Account app to receive information on technician appointments, upgrades, outages and more.

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11/16/2017

The Justice Department has reached out to 18 state attorneys general seeking support for an antitrust lawsuit to block the proposed deal between AT&T and Time Warner, a source says. A draft complaint has reportedly been sent, but no state has yet joined a potential lawsuit.

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11/16/2017

Charter Communications is teaming up with Viacom to create original content that will first be available to Charter subscribers before being distributed across international and domestic markets. The companies will also work together on the use of anonymized viewership data for advertising, as well as to tackle the issue of unauthorized password sharing.

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11/16/2017

National Geographic has announced the development of "Valley of the Boom," a series focused on the dot-com boom of the 1990s. Matthew Carnahan and Ariana Huffington will executive produce the series, which will look at the rise and fall of people and brands in Silicon Valley during the tech boom.

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