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AT&T teases a $5 Internet service to help seal the DirecTV deal

Location:
AT&T
208 South Akard St
Dallas, TX 75202
United States
Recommendation:
2

AT&T will offer cheap Internet to food-stamp recipients if the Federal Communications Commission approves the telecom company's big acquisition of DirecTV.

Code Specialists Oppose U.S. and British Government Access to Encrypted Communication

Location:
Washington, DC
United States
Recommendation:
2

An elite group of code makers and code breakers is taking American and British intelligence and law enforcement agencies to task in a new paper that evaluates government proposals to maintain special access to encrypted digital communications.

US TV Station Retransmission Fees Now Expected to Reach $10.3 Billion by 2021

Location:
SNL Kagan
One SNL Plaza
Charlottesville, VA 22902
United States
Recommendation:
2

SNL Kagan now expects US TV station owners’ retransmission fee totals to reach $10.3 billion by 2021, versus the projected $6.3 billion in 2015. The company also updated its retransmission revenue number for 2020, up $500 million more than its prior projection of $9.3 billion in 2014, to $9.8 billion.

Mediacom Asks FCC to Limit Retransmission Blackouts

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
United States
Recommendation:
1

Mediacom is filing a petition with the Federal Communications Commission asking it to prevent blackouts during retransmission consent disputes for any station that does not reach 90 percent of its market over-the-air or via the Web, which Mediacom suggests is most stations in its market and in the country.

Hats Off to Web Advertising. No, Really.

Location:
Silicon Valley Palo Alto, CA
United States
Recommendation:
1

What if ads, in a fairly direct way, are responsible for much of what is magical, automated and “smart” about our gadgets and the Internet today?

Broadband Coalition Launches Pro-Competition Petition

Location:
Broadband Coalition Washington, DC
United States
Recommendation:
2

At least 6800 people have signed a petition created in June 2015 by competitive carrier organization Broadband Coalition that asks policy makers to take steps to improve broadband competition.

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