Few Gleanings from my perusing the Internet.
Still playing catchup.
FCC Expected to Propose Strong ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission this week is expected to propose regulating Internet service like a public utility, a move certain to unleash another round of intense debate and lobbying. The commission is expected to propose reclassifying high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service, under Title II of the Communications Act. Proponents say the change would give the commission strong legal authority to ensure that no content is blocked and no so-called pay-to-play fast lanes exist. The major Internet service providers, like Comcast and AT&T, say utility-style regulation would threaten their investment in faster broadband service, ultimately harming consumers. But FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will probably advocate a light-touch approach to Title II, shunning the more intrusive aspects of utility-style regulation, like meddling in pricing decisions.
Dish Enjoys a Spectrum of Options – Dish Network won $13.3 billion worth of wireless spectrum licenses in the government’s recent auction, far more than expected. Dish now has roughly as much spectrum as T-Mobile US. Yet it still lacks a network to put those airwaves to use, leaving investors trying to fathom Chairman Charlie Ergen’s plans. Even before the final results were known, the prices coming out of the auction implied a value of more than $100 a share for Dish’s existing spectrum. At first glance, the only way for Dish to achieve the implied extra value would be to sell the spectrum or itself. That still could happen. Verizon Communications, thought to be the most likely potential buyer, spent only $10 billion in the auction. That suggests Verizon may need to supplement its holdings – perhaps through a purchase of Dish.
Twitter Reaches Deal to Show Tweets in Google Search Results – Twitter has struck a deal with Google to make its 140-character updates more searchable online. In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible in Google’s search results as soon as they’re posted, thanks to a deal giving the Web company access to Twitter’s fire hose, the stream of data generated by the microblogging service’s 284 million users, people with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday. Google previously had to crawl Twitter’s site for the information, which will now come automatically from Twitter.
Dish Network Rolls Out Sling TV, Reaches Deal with AMC – Dish Network on Monday rolled out its new online video-streaming service Sling TV in the U.S. The company also said it reached an agreement that includes rights to stream content from AMC Networks’ portfolio, which includes networks such as AMC, BBC America and SundanceTV. The $20-a-month service, which includes ESPN and cable networks such as HGTV and Food Network, doesn’t require a contract or commitment. Users have the option to add additional sports, children’s entertainment and news channels in add-on-packages, each priced at $5 a month. Devices supported by the initial rollout include Roku players and televisions, Android, iOS, Mac and PC, with support for Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick in coming days.
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