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AT&T Acquires Time Warner for $86 Billion

Here comes the biggest deal of this time. AT&T has bought the entertainment giant Time Warner in a deal $86BN. In the terms of takeover, Time Warner shareholders will receive $107.50 per share including Time Warner’s net debt. The companies are currently determining which licences subject to rule by US regulator the FCC will transfer to AT&T in …

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What is OTT?

From 1% in 1995 to 40% of the world’s population using internet today, number of people consuming entertainment video content over internet has increased dramatically. A lot has changed in the way people watch TV today, thanks to the OTT ecosystem. More than 50% of world’s population is streaming their favorite live sports, subscribing to …

Seeking Support for Open Internet, FCC Chairman Plays the Cable TV Card

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler courted broadcasters’ support for the FCC’s Open Internet rules in his keynote address to the National Assn. of Broadcasters Wednesday, comparing the government’s plans with “must carry” rules broadcasters have advocated and supported. “Broadcasters have always been concerned about gatekeepers. The must carry rules are a manifestation of that concern. It was that kind …

FCC Proposes Treating Online TV Like Cable TV; Amazon Objects If It’ll Stop You From Binge-Watching ‘The Wire’

There’s another internet-related firestorm a-brewing at the FCC. This one is not as broad or as contentious as the now infamous net neutrality ruling, but it is bringing all the big players out to have their say. And what, you might ask, has everyone worked up? It’s the big bandwidth bugaboo of the twenty-teens: online …

Well, FCC now wants to regulate OTT too?

Naturally, after the launch of several OTT VoD services, the thought that consumers will have even more choices when accessing video programming has Washington in a tizzy. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Thomas Wheeler, as if his hands weren’t already full with network neutrality rulemaking and spectrum issues, suggested in an October blog post that OTT …

Net Neutrality : Something’s not quite right about the proposed Open Internet

The simple understanding of the FCC’s recent net neutrality regulation is this: it makes it so cable companies can’t charge the Netflixes of the world more for an Internet fast lane. But net neutrality applies only to the “highway” of data that is the public Internet. The cable companies have three routes into your house: …

FCC halts mega-merger reviews, releases Open Internet order

Just as it releases details of its Net Neutrality order to reclassify broadband as a public utility, the FCC has once again paused its informal 180-day countdown clock for deciding whether or not a pair of pending mega-mergers—Comcast/Time Warner Cable and AT&T/DirecTV—will be approved. Read the entire story here.

Netflix gets caught in it’s own web, Net Neutrality pitch costs VOD service provider dearly

Last September, National Journal named Netflix the new face of network neutrality. According to one Federal Communications Commission official, VoD service provider Netflix advocates were “screaming their heads off” last year, demanding that the agency reclassify broadband Internet access as a public utility under Title II of the Communications Act. Now that the agency has …

FCC tells ISPs and wireless providers to disclose all hidden fees

New rules for home Internet providers and wireless carriers require them to be truthful about how much their service actually costs. As part of the transparency requirements in the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality order, Internet providers have to clearly detail all charges, such as modem rental and installation fees, and disclose the full monthly price …

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Net Neutrality : Internet the Way You Want It, Not the ISP

With a sharp 3-2 Democrats over Republicans vote, the Federal Communications Commission has laid out a new parameter for internet regulations, subtly replacing the broadband service providers with the Government regulator as the new internet gatekeepers. Backed by internet giants like Netflix and Twitter, the ‘Net Neutrality’ debate formed its premise on Title II of …

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