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FCC Says Gutting ISP Oversight Was Great For Broadband

With many of the nation’s phone companies refusing to upgrade or even repair their aging DSL lines, cable giants like Comcast are securing a greater monopoly over faster broadband across huge swaths of the country. That in turn is resulting in higher rates and little incentive to improve terrible customer service. The telecom lobby works tirelessly to keep this status quo intact. – Karl Bode, MOTHERBOARD » https://ift.tt/2TfLUhF
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House Democrats tell Ajit Pai: Stop screwing over the public

On Thursday this week, the Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing about the impact of Pai’s net neutrality repeal on consumers, small businesses, and free speech. Witnesses who have been invited to testify at the hearing include former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, cable industry chief lobbyist Michael Powell (who is also a former FCC chairman), and representatives of Mozilla, Free Press, and Eastern Oregon Telecom. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2HZDcQ6

FCC struggles to convince judge that broadband isn’t “telecommunications”

Of the three judges, Circuit Judge Patricia Millett expressed the most skepticism of Johnson’s arguments, repeatedly challenging the FCC’s definition of broadband and its disregard for arguments made by public safety agencies. She also questioned the FCC’s claim that the net neutrality rules harmed broadband investment. Circuit Judge Robert Wilkins also expressed some skepticism of FCC arguments, while Senior Circuit Judge Stephen Williams seemed more amenable to FCC arguments. (Williams previously dissented in part from a 2016 ruling that upheld the Obama-era net neutrality rules. Now the same court is considering FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s repeal of those rules.) – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » http://bit.ly/2Uzx6HI

What to expect from tomorrow’s big net neutrality court hearing

[W]hat may be the most likely shot at restoring net neutrality regulations will come from a petition against the FCC filed by several supporters of the dismantled rules. The case, Mozilla Corporation v. FCC, will be heard by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the court will decide whether the FCC, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, was within its rights to end the protections. – Colin Lecher, The Verge » http://bit.ly/2DLSeEW

Cable sector set to weather a US recession

[MoffettNathanson] said that despite recent market volatility, cable stocks have mostly narrowly outperformed expectations, with the exception of DISH Network (the satellite company has underperformed in both the first and second half of the year). In a recession state, that trend could continue, thanks to the fact that demand and need for broadband market tends to stay steady even in poor economic circumstances – a fact that help most providers make up for video losses. – Michelle Clancy , Rapid TV News http://bit.ly/2CufB5h

Charter Will Pay Customers Up to $150 Each in Record $174 Million Fraud Settlement

As a part of the settlement, the telecommunications company will have to refund $62.5 million to more than 700,000 customers because it allegedly promised speedier and more reliable internet service than it actually provided to those customers. This will be the largest payout an internet service provider has made to customers, according to an announcement NY Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood made on Tuesday. – Jennings Brown, Gizmodo http://gizmo.do/bhvFzOw

15% of Singaporean consumers view pirated TV

The survey, commissioned by the Asia Video Industry Association’s (AVIA) Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) and conducted by YouGov, also highlights the detrimental effects of streaming piracy on legitimate subscription video services. Of the 15% of consumers who purchased a TV box for free streaming, more than one-quarter (28%) asserted that they cancelled their subscriptions to a Singaporean-based online video service as a direct consequence of owning an ISD. – Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2QnKBMk
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