The FCC could be about to add a toll lane to the information superhighway for those willing to pay a fee to cut through the traffic. Multiple reports, started by a piece in the Wall Street Journal, indicate that the feds are hammering out the details of new rules that would let companies with the resources to do so pay ISPs a little–or a lot–extra to go faster on unclogged broadband networks.
In a move that almost seemed like something out of a reality TV show, Rogers Communications CEO Guy Laurence said he took a trip into the trenches with his workers.
Cities and towns in North Carolina expect that they will be part of AT&T's announced 1 Gbps broadband GigaPower rollout when it starts next year. Meanwhile in Minneapolis, some residents already have 1 Gbps as they tap into USI Wireless fiber optic cables.
Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus sees the MSO's focus on HotSpot 2.0 Wi-Fi access points as "complementary" to a cellular contract, but not likely a replacement, he said during an analysts' conference call this morning.
Time Warner Cable put a positive spin on the loss of 34,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, noting the loss was "the least in five years."
Verizon Communications continued to add subscribers to its FiOS TV and Internet ranks, but at a slower pace that reflects the carrier's policy of selling the service only in existing markets.
Online video has become a Wild West shootout with new media company gunslingers battling to sign programmers to long-term deals. The latest winner in the battle–although the war has just begun–is Amazon, which signed an exclusive multiyear online deal with HBO.
About a year after its launch, Fan TV has snared a big cable operator to push out its live TV and streaming content service–at least for the time being. Time Warner Cable said that it will launch Fan TV to its video subscribers starting in the second quarter of this year. As with all things TWC, however, that could be subject to change if and when Comcast acquires the nation's second biggest MSO for $45.2 billion.
Dish Network hopes to be online and running with an Internet TV service as early as this summer, Bloomberg reports.
Charter Communications is reportedly in line to get 1.5 million Comcast subscribers and a stake in a newly formed company that Comcast would spin off if it acquires Time Warner Cable.