The Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau is continuing to crack down on illegal radio operators, issuing warnings to five more radio pirates recently. The pirates -- located in Miami, Baton Rouge, La., and Brooklyn, N.Y. -- have 10 days to shut down operations and explain why they were operating illegally.
Windstream is upgrading broadband services in its cable TV operations across northern Georgia via DOCSIS 3.0 technology, saying Thursday that it would bring 300 Mbps service to 67,000 homes in 13 communities within a year.
Verizon and AT&T are among the backers of Lumina Networks' move to raise $10 million in venture capital for its software-defined networking controller. Lumina CEO Andrew Coward pointed to the startup's open-source approach as key to the investments.
Virtualization has become a small but rapidly growing part of CenturyLink's revenue base, Chief Technology Officer Aamir Hussain said, adding many customers are buying software-defined WAN systems as a backup to multiprotocol label switching. Revenues from SD-WAN grew 45% in the first quarter compared with the same period a year ago, Hussain said.
DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen outlined plans to invest more than $10 billion in building a 5G wireless network to support internet-of-things apps, starting with spectrum the company must put to use within about 22 months. Ergen said DISH would spend $1 billion in the first phase before using 600 MHz spectrum to build 5G networks in the second phase.
Amazon would be a "formidable competitor" for QVC and HSN if it decided to join the video shopping space, despite the past failure of "Style Code Live," says Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei. Amazon might not be able to scale to 100 million subscribers, but the online retailer still poses a challenge to shopping networks in the e-commerce space, Maffei says.
CenturyLink has no plans to leave its small-town headquarters of Monroe, La., outgoing CEO Glen Post told a reporter, adding that new CEO Jeff Storey will not relocate to Monroe but will regularly work out of the headquarters. Post stepped down following Wednesday's annual meeting.
Judge Naomi Buchwald on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump's blocking of critics on Twitter violates the First Amendment. Though an injunction was not issued to unblock the users, the court expects Trump and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino to comply with the ruling.
Congressional Democrats are pushing back against Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's move to roll back net neutrality regulations, and the debates could draw in more Democratic voters to midterm polls. A Morning Consult/Politico survey has found that a candidate's support for net neutrality is important to 66% of liberal voters; the survey also showed increased support for net neutrality regulations since the FCC repealed them last year.
ESPN has closed a $1.5 billion deal with UFC and will begin broadcasting non-Pay Per View events in January. As part of the deal, 30 "Fight Night" events and 12 additional live events will air in 2019.