Plan for Fiber Optic Network Removed from Water Meter Contract

EVANSVILLE — A plan to construct a fiber optic ring as part of a new water meter system was officially removed Tuesday from the city of Evansville’s contract with Johnson Controls, Inc., in a 5-0 vote by the Water & Sewer Utility Board. The city and Johnson Controls since 2011 have been shaping a plan to […]

DirecTV Buys LifeShield, Joining Cable Rivals in Home Security Field

By Joe Flint  L.A. Times DirecTV is getting into the home security business. The satellite-TV company has acquired LifeShield Home Security, a Langhorne, Pa., company that operates wireless home security systems. DirecTV is the latest pay-TV distributor to look for new revenue streams in home security. Cable operators Time Warner Cable and Comcast Corp. have also made […]

McCain Working on A La Carte Bill

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is working on legislation that would pressure cable and satellite TV providers to allow their customers to pick and choose the channels they pay for, his office confirmed on Wednesday. Consumers have long complained about the rising costs of cable TV packages and having to pay for dozens or even hundreds […]

ACA Applauds New Bipartisan Rural Telecommunications Working Group Within The House Energy And Commerce Committee

PITTSBURGH, April 17, 2013 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement on the formation of a bipartisan working group of House Energy and Commerce Committee members that will work to promote rural telecommunication issues within the Committee: “ACA is very pleased that Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Bob Latta […]

Time Warner Cable Adds Out-of-Home Viewing to TWC TV App

April 16, 2013 Customers Can Watch Over 1,100 Hours Of On Demand Programming and Live TV On The Go New York, NY April 16, 2013 – In its ongoing commitment to deliver content that customers can enjoy anytime, anywhere, Time Warner Cable will launch select Video On Demand and live programming outside the home on the new […]

ACA Statement on FCC Decision Implementing Emergency Information Accessibility Mandates

PITTSBURGH, April 10, 2013 - American Cable Association President and CEO Matthew M. Polka issued the following statement with regard to the Federal Communications Commission’s decision implementing the emergency information accessibility requirements contained in the Twenty First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA). “We are pleased with the FCC’s recognition that many small cable systems […]

FCC Reduces Inflation Rate for Cable Operators

April 3, 2013 As described in the instructions for FCC Form 1240, cable operators may adjust the non-external cost portion of their rates for inflation based on quarterly figures released by the Federal Communications Commission.  The fourth quarter 2012 inflation factor for operators using FCC Form 1240 is 0.98%. The adjustment factor of 0.98% is […]

Groups Offer Their Two Cents on Who Should Chair FCC Next

By Haley Tsukayama Groups are rushing to give President Obama their two cents on who should be the next chair of the Federal Communications Commission following Julius Genachowski’s announcement last week that he would step down from the post. Over 25 organizations wrote to Obama on Tuesday, urging him to appoint a strong public interest advocate […]

Supreme Court Rules for Comcast in Class Action

By Jonathan Stempel Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:26pm EDT (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of Comcast Corp in an antitrust case over how much it charged cable TV subscribers, further curtailing the ability of people to pursue class action lawsuits. In a 5-4 decision, the court said a group of […]

Genachowski: ‘Unleashing the Benefits of Broadband Was the Highest Priority’

Exiting FCC chairman reflects on his tenure By John Eggerton — Broadcasting & Cable, 3/26/2013 12:49:18 PM After hugs and pre-goodbyes with staffers and fellow commissioners last week-he is not leaving the agency for several more weeks-departing FCC chairman Julius Genachowski spoke briefly with B&C Washington editor John Eggerton, emphasizing the point that the mission […]