SpaceX hopes to send up a rocket Wednesday that will test the company's plan to introduce global high-speed broadband service, having received the endorsement last week of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Elon Musk's company will launch a pair of experimental satellites, per a government filing.
Huawei and Telus will work together on a trial for providing 5G wireless connectivity to residences in Vancouver, British Columbia. The companies will use tested millimeter-wave technology with 800 megahertz of bandwidth on the 28-gigahertz spectrum.
Fox's $3.3 billion purchase of "Thursday Night Football" rights could push retrans competition to its limits, writes Harry Jessell. Fox could drive more retrans from affiliates in the NFL's NFC and AFC markets, or it could pay for games through the acquisition of high-margin stations, Jessell writes.
WBUR last week fired "On Point" host Tom Ashbrook for alleged abusive behavior, highlighting inappropriate behavior trends for public radio. Public radio faces challenges from proposed budget cuts and aging audiences, and these accusations only further challenge the medium by threatening to cut the bond with listeners.
KTHV reporter Winnie Wright took to Twitter to speak out against KABZ's "Babe Bracket," a contest that ranks female journalists. Wright, who did not choose to participate but was ranked as runner-up last year, listed her professional achievements and added the hashtag "#morethanababe" in an effort to spread her message against the contest.
This year's NAB Show will feature a panel of digital leaders who climbed their way to the top of the corporate ladder. "DFXTra: Digital Leaders Take Charge -- President and CEO Panel" will take place April 9 and will feature executives from Raycom, ABC-Owned Television Stations Group, Capitol Broadcasting Co. and Scripps.
Comcast will be testing fixed and mobile wireless services using the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in Philadelphia, the home of its headquarters. The company will use three types of radio transmitters and three types of mobile devices and handsets during the trials.
Over-the-top services for CBS and Showtime are exceeding expectations, with around 5 million combined subscribers, says CBS CEO Les Moonves. The services are well on track to surpass 8 million subscribers by 2020, Moonves says.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is committed to removing reimbursement barriers that telemedicine proponents say have crimped the rise of the technology. "I do suspect there's significant statutory barriers around reimbursement there, given that most of our constructs were set up in the 1960s for our payment regimes," he told a House committee.