Is the Future of (Cable) TV Still in a Box?

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s hard to get excited about a cable box. It’s basically a boring oblong you put on a shelf near your TV and never think of again unless your cable service goes out.

bdpatodayBut it’s at the center of a battle pitting technology companies and the government against the TV industry. The Federal Communications Commission wants to let you buy your own cable box in hopes of saving you money and getting you new features. The cable industry worries about losing the power to frame how you get your video — and with it, billions of dollars in revenue. Some in Hollywood also worry about losing advertising dollars.

Here is what your community and local BDPA Chapters need to know about this dispute — select here to read more

Verizon to Buy XO’s Fiber-Optic Network

WASHINGTON—CNBC reports Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless service provider, would buy Carl Icahn-owned XO Communications’ fiber-optic network business for about $1.8 billion.

Verizon said the deal will include XO’s fiber-based Internet protocol and Ethernet networks that will help serve its enterprise and wholesale customers.

Read more

bt-logo_fb

%d bloggers like this: