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Monday, August 3...

FCC Chairman Wheeler: Net Neutrality Not Inhibiting Technology Development
US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler issued several comments reiterating the need for recently-passed Open Internet legislation, as well as addressing carriers' reaction to it. Wheeler, who spoke before the US House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Communications and the Technology Committee on Energy and Commerce, noted that the DC Circuit's recent denial of a request to stay Net Neutrality was "the right outcome to keep the Internet fast, fair and open." The Chairman claimed that the new laws give citizens "a referee on the field to deter blocking, throttling, pay-for-priority fast lanes and other behaviors that could harm consumers and innovators" while also providing broadband services providers with "the certainty and economic incentive to build fast and competitive broadband networks." While most carriers and carrier groups opposed this legislation due to fear that it would inhibit new technology development, Wheeler noted that "The CEOs of Sprint, T-Mobile, Cablevision, Charter, and Frontier have all publicly said Title II regulation does not discourage their investment," and that "post-Open Internet Order announcements by AT&T, Bright House, CenturyLink, Cincinnati Bell, Comcast, Cox Cable, TDS Telecom, and Time Warner Cable ... to expand their broadband service ... suggest that healthy network investment will continue under the new rules."

Comcast Updates X1 DVR Platform with New Features
Comcast updated its X1 DVR platform with several new features and advanced settings for watching recorded content. These functions include a new Auto Extend feature for Live events that automatically adds 30-minute increments to a recording when it is determined that the program will air past its scheduled time. This element will be available only for select programs, including major sporting events in the US and a "wider range of events over time." Comcast also added a Play by Play option for streaming highlighted segments of a recording. Users will see an on-screen overlay instructing them to "Press Page Up/Page Down" to switch between highlights. The cable services provider is also trialing a Welcome Back feature that provides an update on what has been happening on X1 - including new recordings and trending programs - since the user last turned on his or her TV. Finally, Comcast added a new troubleshooting section within the X1 Settings menu, with options for restarting the box, initiating a Remote Setup to pair a remote, and programming this remote to various devices.

Cincinnati Bell's Second Quarter Profits Up 68%
Cincinnati Bell revealed a 68% year-to-year upswing in its profits for the second quarter. The communications services provider noted that its net earnings totaled $192 million, or $0.89 per share, for the 3-month period ended June 30, 2015. This compared to a 2014 Q2 net income of $114 million, or $0.53 per share. Revenues, meanwhile, were $296 million, which is a 1% increase over 2014 second quarter sales of $283 million. In terms of Cincinnati Bell's operating segments, Entertainment and Communications revenue fell 1% year to year to $182 million, while IT Services and Hardware revenue was up 5% to $106 million.

... Brady Hicks, Faulkner Information Services

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