IHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman was given the Broadcaster of the Year award Thursday by the New York State Broadcasters Association. "Bob Pittman is a true industry leader and perhaps the most creative, visionary and dynamic executive in broadcasting," said NYSBA President David Donovan.
The "digital divide" along income lines is closing, according to a study from Common Sense that says the broadband gap between higher- and lower-income families has narrowed significantly since 2011. The study also found that among children 8 and younger, time spent using tablets has jumped from five minutes a day in 2011 to 48 minutes, and 61% of lower-income families now own tablets, compared with 2% in 2011.
AT&T is now among the top three fiber-to-the-premises telecom providers, with 6 million locations in 61 markets. The telecom says it remains on track to reach its goal of 7 million locations this year, having just added Columbus and Macon, Ga.; Lafayette, La.; and Montgomery, Ala.
AT&T and Motorola reportedly have collaborated on development of the AT&T Mobile TV Cast, a Moto Mod device that enables users to cast their DIRECTV Now streaming service to TV sets. The phone can still be used while the casting stick is plugged into the TV, the report said.
Nokia and Amazon Web Services will collaborate on corporate cloud migration and SD-WAN service offerings across four areas, including the development of new 5G and edge cloud strategies. The Nokia-AWS partnership is a response to market demands for "tighter integration" between IT infrastructure and networking, said Kathrin Buvac, Nokia's chief strategy officer.
Adtran CEO Tom Stanton predicts it will take several years before many telecoms adopt a truly open network architecture implementing software-defined networking and network functions virtualization. "If you look at the current quasi-white box solution that we're shipping today and that we have in trials for NG-PON2, they're some of the most complicated products that we've ever developed," he told analysts.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is speaking out against a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would lower the standards for high-speed internet access from 25 megabits per second to 10 Mbps. He says the lower rate would harm rural businesses and residents as well as local economies.
Charter CEO Tom Rutledge at the Cable-Tec Expo talked about the company's "superior infrastructure," which he said will allow the company to deliver higher broadband and Wi-Fi speeds at what he refers to as "6G." Rutledge also discussed Charter's future in mobile services and plans for new bundles.
Verizon is asking the Federal Communications Commission to take regulatory action on retransmission consent procedures between content owners and multichannel video programming distributors. Rising programming costs that are passed on to consumers can be better controlled with updated regulations, the company noted in its FCC filing.
CMT's acquisition of "Nashville" has brought in new viewers, and executives are thinking about how the network can continue to keep viewers engaged with other programming. The network is focusing on complementary programming to draw in viewers, has improved engagement through social media and has plans to continue to expand its online presence and air programming centered around music, says General Manager Frank Tanki.