The cable industry has historically tried to argue that cord cutters either don't exist or are so lame they aren't relevant
. That same industry, as it faces a very real trend of growing user defections, has now launched a strange new media campaign intended to change the mind of intended cord cutters. The new campaign, dubbed "The Hole Saga," features the tagline "life without cable leaves a mighty big hole."
The campaign involves a series of ads directing users to some marginally-interactive-but-odd videos over at the National Cable and Telecom Association website
From a quick look, the lesson the cable industry appears to want cord cutters to know is that if you try to save money by cutting cable -- you'll be eaten by sharks or killed by mutant rabbits with laser eyes.
So keep that in mind. Or not.
It was rather clear that Google TV landed with a bit of a thud, though it was made clearer when Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca in 2012 stated their launch of the Google TV powered Revue was "a mistake of implementation of a gigantic nature," and that Google's product was a glorified beta
Now reports indicate that Google is working hard on the next chapter of this effort, a new TV set top that will fall under the Nexus brand.
Last Wednesday, the New York Public Service Commission ordered Verizon to provide the public with un-redacted cost information about providing phone service on Fire Island, New York. The directive denied Verizon’s request to be exempt from disclosing cost documents. story continues..
TDS Telecom has announced that the company is now offering speeds of 300 Mbps across the company's footprint in Tennessee, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Georgia, and Minnesota. Though the company's press release
fails to mention price, users can expect to pay around $100 and up for the service depending what kind of additional services they're willing to bundle. The company announced they'd be expanding their fiber to the home offerings last July
, using a Google "fiberhood" approach to generate interest among potential communities. Locals interested to see where TDS has planned fiber upgrades should check out the companies expansion map here
. You can also check out our reader reviews of TDS Telecom here
Google, AOL, Yahoo, Microsoft and other companies named as previously cooperating with the NSA's PRISM program
have launched a new campaign urging global governments to reform their surveillance practices, and are asking the United States to take the lead. A new Reform Government Surveillance
website will operate alongside ads placed in numerous papers calling for governments to begin designing rules for surveillance oversight, while being more transparent about what kind of data is being collected. Empty PR gesture to deflect attention from themselves, or a serious call for reform?
In a blog post
, new FCC boss Tom Wheeler states that the agency will be postponing the planned June 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions until mid-2015. "Only when our software and systems are technically ready, user friendly, and thoroughly tested, will we start the auction,” stated Wheeler, so said the agency also wanted to further hammer out the rules for how the auction will be conducted. The incentive auctions aim to pay broadcasters as incentive to give up some of their lower frequencies, with the proceeds of the auction going toward construction of the FirstNet nationwide emergency LTE network.
Last week reports emerged
that the FCC was considering rule changes that would allow users to have cell phone conversations above 10,000 feet. The FCC responded to consumer complaints about the move by arguing they agency's job is to simply govern technology issues
, and with no evidence of interference, allowing voice calls now falls within the jurisdiction of the airlines and FAA. The FCC is expected to approve a notice of proposed rule-making relaxing in-flight cell phone voice calls on Thursday
, after which they'll be fielding consumer comments on the rule elimination.
by Revcb 10:07AM Monday Dec 09 2013
According to the New York Times
, the nation's largest TV provider and ISP (Comcast) has hired the nation's largest bank (JPMorgan Chase) to advise on a possible bid for Time Warner Cable. The deal, which could be worth upwards of $40 billion, likely wouldn't make it past regulators concerned with Comcast's growing vertical integration. Last week Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai stated he didn't think the current FCC would approve such a deal
, and sources have suggested that a joint bid between Charter and Comcast -- used as a way to ease regulatory concerns -- wasn't something Comcast executives were interested in.