Few Gleanings from my perusing the Internet.
College Football’s Big Game Was a Huge Day for Mobile Data – Monday’s game between Ohio State and Oregon was one for the record books. As Ohio State captured the inaugural playoff championship on the field, fans made records of their own, sending and receiving more than 6 terabytes of data over Wi-Fi and AT&T’s cellular network. Nearly 5 terabytes travelled over the stadium Wi-Fi network with another 1.4 terabytes going over AT&T’s cellular equipment in the stadium. That, AT&T says, is the equivalent of 18 million social media posts with photos. It is double the traffic from a typical Dallas Cowboys home game and more cellular antenna traffic than AT&T saw from the 2014 Super Bowl in New York. It’s also 20 percent more traffic than was used over the course of the two-day College Basketball Final Four at AT&T Stadium.
FCC Wants to Know More about Dish’s New Web-TV Service – Cord cutters aren’t the only ones curious about Dish’s new Sling online TV service. The Federal Communications Commission asked Dish Wednesday about how it reached agreements to carry channels on its new service, as the agency’s review of Comcast’s $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable heats up. The agency asked Dish for “any and all of its agreements with the following programming entities relating to video programming to be provided on Dish’s Sling TV service,” including “all documents relating to each negotiation:” A&E Networks, CBS, Comcast, ABC, E.W. Scripps and Turner Broadcasting System. The request comes just a few weeks after FCC lawyers also asked Google, Amazon, Hulu, Home Box Office, Netflix and several Internet backbone companies to submit details about their online video services along with their interconnection or peering agreements with various companies. Together, the data requests suggest that FCC lawyers are closely examining how Comcast’s Time Warner Cable deal could impact the consumer broadband market.
Dish and Fox News End Carriage Dispute – Dish Network has reached a new distribution agreement with Fox News and is putting the channel back on its satellite-TV service. The multiyear agreement ends a three-week fight between Dish and Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox. Fox Business Network, which was also dropped by Dish, has been restored as well. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. However, people familiar with the talks said Dish is paying a significant increase for Fox News, which is one of the most popular networks, not just among news channels but also in entertainment and sports services. “We thank the viewers of Fox News and Fox Business and Dish customers for their patience throughout this process,” said Tim Carry, Fox News and Fox Business executive vice president of distribution, and Warren Schlichting, Dish’s senior vice president of programming, in a joint statement.
AT&T to Take $10 Billion Charge in 4th Quarter – AT&T said it would record $10 billion in charges in its fourth quarter, including a $7.9 billion pretax loss related to accounting adjustments on pension and benefit plans. The company is also recording a $2.1 billion noncash charge as it abandons some copper used for landlines. AT&T said on Friday that the copper is not needed as consumer demand declines for its older voice and data services, like landlines. AT&T said neither of the charges will affect segment operating results or margins. Consumers are opting for cellphones and Internet-based phone service. AT&T has plans to shut off its copper landline network by the end of the decade.
New York Governor Wants Statewide 100Mbps Internet by 2019 – With a $1 billion plan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hopes to have every New Yorker hooked up to high-speed internet by 2019. The administration is billing it as the largest state investment in universal broadband in the country. In most cases, the program calls for providers to offer at least 100 Mbps, or as Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot described it at a press conference, “more than 10 times the federal definition of ‘broadband.'”
EU Considers Taxing Google, Other U.S. Internet Firms – The European Union is considering imposing a tax on U.S. Internet companies such as Google as part of a new plan to build a single digital market across the region, EU digital chief Günther Oettinger said. Oettinger said in an interview Monday that Europe is currently a “loser” in the information-technology sector but that the situation could be reversed with investment and by creating a level playing field for all digital companies. He stressed the importance of maintaining the region’s edge in the automotive sector, which looks set to be disrupted by Internet companies. “Taxing is an option but not the decided solution,” Oettinger said of the EU’s plan for a digital single market. The European Commission is expected to announce the plans by May. Asked whether Google might be taxed for showing copyright material, he said yes.
Sources: Re/code; Gigaom.The Wall Street Journal, online; Associated Press; Gigaom.Dow Jones News Service; Bloomberg; Reuters; CNBC; CNET; Engadget.Electronista;
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