Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai at the American Cable Association's D.C. summit on Wednesday pushed small cable operators to bid on funding through the Connect America Fund, which will provide up to $2 billion over 10 years to help expand broadband service to rural areas. Pai also took aim at tech companies, saying, "[T]hey claimed that small broadband providers .. were anticompetitive monopolists who posed a greater threat to a free and open internet than companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter"; he also noted that today, "many more people are waking up to reality."
Congress will have a "thorough discussion" about paid prioritization and how areas such as internet of things technology, content distribution and health care play into an open internet, says Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. Democrats have pushed back on Blackburn's Open Internet Preservation Act because it does not prevent paid prioritization.
The Indianapolis 500 and other IndyCar races, practices and qualifiers will air on NBC properties in 2019 as part of a three-year deal. The auto racing league has spent the last 54 years on ABC.
Sprint and T-Mobile were among the top three wireless carriers in terms of spending on TV advertising in February, iSpot.tv figures reveal. Sprint spent an estimated $51.3 million on TV ads, and T-Mobile spent an estimated $51.1 million.
Several public safety groups are lobbying Congress to provide funding for next-generation IP-based 911 technology. The groups sent letters to congressional leaders calling for grants and saying "decades-old" 911 technology desperately needs upgrades.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he is willing to testify before Congress about the improper collection and use of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg also says he would "love to see" ad transparency regulations affect the social platform, saying online advertising should have the same level of oversight as TV and print.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., will speak with National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith during next month's NAB Show opening event. "This is a great opportunity for broadcasters to hear from a key lawmaker about the legal, regulatory and legislative challenges facing radio and TV in Washington," Smith said.
Samsung has partnered with uBreakiFix to offer smartphone users same-day authorized service and repairs on several models of the Galaxy S and Note series. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S9 presales have lagged, remaining at or below comparable presales of the Galaxy S8 in 2017.
Sales of refurbished smartphones increased 13% year over year in the last quarter of 2017, Counterpoint Research reports. The robust used smartphone market and longer phone ownership periods have reduced demand for new devices, Counterpoint's Tom Kang said.
Fairphone has developed a smartphone using modular parts that can be easily replaced, part of the company's effort to reduce waste and increase the life of the device. Fairphone also uses ethical sourcing, seeking to work only with conflict-free mineral mines.
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