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  1. AT&T Explores Expansion Of Super-Fast Internet

    April 21, 2014 7:36 PM EDT AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically ...

  2. Business Matters: Mobile Phone Study Brings Both Good and Bad News for Digital Music Services

    October 22, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nearly half of the world's population has a mobile-phone subscription, according to a new study. The bad news? Just a fraction of those people can subscribe to the music services of Western markets. The world's mobile phone population is ...

  3. Global Spectrum's Savvy Management Keeps Venue Clients Satisfied

    July 18, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Global Spectrum's Savvy Management Keeps Venue Clients Satisfied Global Spectrum COO John Page is a big man with a big office in a big building in the big town of Philadelphia. And he has a big responsibility in overseeing the company, report ...

  4. Diddy to Launch Revolt, a New Music Network, Through Comcast

    February 21, 2012 11:26 AM EST Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider with more than 22 million subscribers, will distribute networks owned by Sean "Diddy" Combs, NBA superstar Magic Johnson, and Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez. The announcement came Tu ...

  5. Verizon To Launch Streaming Service With Redbox, Challenge To Netflix

    February 07, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Phone company Verizon Communications Inc. will challenge Netflix and start a video streaming service this year with Redbox and its DVD rental kiosks. Verizon and Coinstar Inc., Redbox's parent company, said Monday that the ser ...

  6. Entertainment Merger and Acquisition Activity to Pick Up in 2012 (Report)

    January 24, 2012 7:54 AM EST When you strip out value related to the gigantic marriage of Comcast and NBCUniversal, merger and acquisition activity fell slightly in the entertainment and media industries in the U.S., but it should pick up in 2012. According to a Pricewaterhou ...

  7. Pandora Partners with Verizon FiOS for TV Streaming

    July 21, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Pandora Media has partnered with Verizon to offer its Internet radio service to subscribers of Verizon's high-definition TV service FiOS, according to various media reports. The service has already launched in California, Texas and Virginia a ...

  8. Canada Reconsiders Usage-Based Billing For Internet Users

    February 04, 2011 6:55 AM EST Canada's Netflix debate is over, and so too is mandatory usage-based billing of Internet users. Well, nearly. The CRTC, the country's broadcast regulator, late Thursday bowed to pressure from Ottawa and signaled a retreat on plans to end ...

  9. Business Matters: Homeland Security Shutters Sports Sites Before Super Bowl

    February 02, 2011 2:35 PM EST Homeland Security Shuts Down Sports Sites In Advance of Super Bowl -- With so much attention going to piracy of music, television and film content, it's easy to forget that sports are a heavily pirated good as well. The fact hasn't been ...

  10. Comcast - NBC Universal Merge, Create $30 Billion Media Behemoth

    January 30, 2011 9:52 AM EST Comcast Corp has completed its takeover of NBC Universal, creating a $30 billion media behemoth that controls not just how television shows and movies are made but how they are delivered to people's homes. In a statement on Saturday, Comcast ...

  11. What the FCC's New Rules Mean to Music Companies

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the ink not yet dry on the new FCC net neutrality rules, there are already concerns about the impact they will have on the music industry. The new regulations set the stage for Internet service providers to create different tiers of service ( ...

  12. Calls For U.S. Antitrust Officials To Require Unfettered Internet Access In Comcast-NBC Universal Deal

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Level 3 Communications Inc asked U.S. antitrust officials to set conditions on Comcast Corp's planned acquisition of NBC Universal that would assure "unfettered access" to all internet content. The move represents Level 3's lat ...

  13. U.K. Govt Says Wants Europe's Best Broadband By 2015

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain should have a digital hub in every community to help it build Europe's best broadband network by 2015, which could create up to 600,000 new jobs and add 18 billion pounds ($28 billion) to GDP, the government said. Culture ministers Je ...

  14. Net Neutrality Vote Set For Dec. 21

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The ongoing Net Neutrality debate is set to receive some long-awaited clarity - if not consensus - before the end of the year. Today, the FCC scheduled a vote to decide new rules of governing how Internet service providers may regulate traffic. Th ...

  15. FCC Proposes Wireless Use Of Broadcast Airwaves

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. telecommunications regulators proposed freeing up more airwaves for wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to seek public comment on propos ...

  16. Business Matters: Comcast, Holiday Sales Forecast, Spotify and more

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Changes In Consumer Behavior -- Comcast’s latest earnings provide a few telling examples of the changes in how consumers are consuming entertainment. The company lost 265,000 video customers in th ...

  17. RIAA To Google: Help Us Fight Piracy

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A wide-ranging group of more than a dozen music industry associations has sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt requesting more information about the anti-piracy implications of the company’s recent network management plan with Verizon . The as ...

  18. Google/Verizon Policy Statement Not So Neutral

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint policy statement issued Monday by Google and Verizon was met with immediate criticism across the Internet. The seven-point plan outlines the companies' vision for an "open Internet." But commentators and net neutrality suppo ...

  19. Google, Verizon Deny Mobile Pay Tiers Plan

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google and Verizon Wireless on Thursday denied that they are looking to create pay tiers for websites on mobile phones. "(NY Times) is wrong," Google said on its public policy Twitter feed. "We've not had any convos with VZN (V ...

  20. Business Matters: Live Nation, HullabaLOU, Verizon and more

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION EYES IRELAND -- Live Nation has plans to take its UK model to Ireland, according to Denis Desmond of Gaiety Investments. “In England, we’ve got Live Nation/Gaiety, which works great, and the plan is to recreate that in Ireland. We are ...

  21. FCC Report: Broadband Access Lacking

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new study from the Federal Communications Commission found that between 14 and 24 million Americans lack access to broadband and aren't about to get access any time soon. The study released Tuesday (July 20) was conducted in response to a C ...

  22. U.K. Govt Targets Superfast Broadband Expansion

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The government said it would encourage the expansion of super fast broadband by allowing operators to use other companies' infrastructure to roll out new fibre optic networks. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt also announced he would accept propo ...

  23. FCC Loses Key Ruling On 'Net Neutrality'

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A federal court threw the future of Internet regulations and U.S. broadband expansion plans into doubt Tuesday with a far-reaching decision that went against the Federal Communications Commission. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Colu ...

  24. FCC To Propose Faster Broadband Speeds

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has unveiled a plan that would require Internet providers to offer minimum home connection speeds by 2020, a proposal that some telecommunications companies panned as unrealistic. The FCC wants service pr ...

  25. Global Mobile Broadband Investment To Increase By 15%

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile operators worldwide are seen investing up to $72 billion in wireless broadband technologies this year to accommodate surging demand, according to telecoms industry body GSMA. The GSM Association (GSMA) said on Wednesday (Feb. 10) the operat ...

  26. Report: Comcast Considering Streaming Music Service

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Internet and cable provider Comcast reportedly is mulling a streaming music service for both ISP and cable TV subscribers. TechCrunch says Comcast may offer the service as an optional add-on for around $5 a month. It's not clear if Comcast wi ...

  27. Report: 1 Billion Broadband Accounts by 2013

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Broadband Internet access continues to grow at a rapid clip, averaging 8.8 million new subscribers worldwide each month, according to In-Stat. By 2013, the research firm expects the number of global broadband subscribers will be greater than 1 bil ...

  28. Internet-Connected Devices Set To Skyrocket

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST By 2015, almost every home with broadband Internet access will have an Internet-connected consumer electronics device other than a computer, according to a new study by the In-Stat Group. That will have major implications on the digital entertainm ...

  29. RIAA To FCC: Don't Block Anti-Piracy Efforts

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST The RIAA today (Jan. 14) filed comments to the FCC encouraging the regulatory body to keep any Net Neutrality rules it may be considering flexible enough to allow for the enforcement of anti-piracy measures. January 15 is the deadline for submitti ...

  30. DC Court: FCC May Not Have Net Neutrality Authority

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The issue of net neutrality is expected to take up a good deal of debate in 2010, and the first salvos of the year have already been fired. During a Friday hearing, judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia questioned whethe ...

  31. Merge Record Labels and ISPs?

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST What if the majors merged with ISPs? It is a question posted at the MIDEM blog by French music industry blogger Hugo Amsellem. Easy answer: disaster. For starters, there is no single music company that can merge with a single ISP. Each country has ...

  32. Business Matters: Digital Economy Bill, Bandcamp, Qtrax

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- It is estimated that 40,000 U.K. broadband subscribers will give up their Internet service due to the cost of an anti-piracy campaign tied to t ...

  33. Business Matters: Apple, Lala, Vevo, Rock Hall Of Fame

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- An analyst at UBS Investment Research believes Apple's purchase of Lala ties into the company's $1 billion data server farm project i ...

  34. Taylor Swift Links With Comcast For VOD Deal

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST In another sign of its commitment to building content strength, Comcast unveiled an exclusive VOD partnership with country singer Taylor Swift Wednesday - a day ahead of a likely announcement of a deal that would give the cable giant a 51% stake i ...

  35. @ Media & Money: Execs Debate Controlling Digital Content

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the rise of the digital mediums, companies have found it more difficult to place value on their content since it appears on the Internet or on phones instead of in a format the companies can contain. The Controlling Content in a Digital World ...

  36. South Korea, Japan Lead In Broadband Quality Study

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT South Korea surpassed Japan and Sweden to take the top spot in an annual ranking of broadband quality, helped by its government's efforts to boost it as an IT world leader, a study showed on Thursday. The annual study, conducted by the univer ...

  37. Briefs: Mobile Streaming Growth, Radio Is Dead?

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In its Global Mobile Broadband Traffic Report for Q2 2009 , Allot Communications says mobile HTTP streaming, with sequential quarter growth rate of 58%, is the fastest growing use for mobile data. HTTP streaming covers sites like Hulu, MySpace ...

  38. Spanish Protest Against P2P Restrictions

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of Internet users protested outside the culture ministry in Madrid to put further pressure on the government not to limit Internet "freedoms," such as unrestricted P2P file-sharing, nor to consider punitive measures against Inte ...

  39. Comcast GM Discusses Green Day Partnership

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Comcast is partnering with Green Day to provide on-demand viewing of the band's new single "Know Your Enemy," as well as live performances from a recent concert at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif. The clips were part of 30 Green D ...

  40. Los Tigres del Norte Onboard With Verizon

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Verizon announced its first national partnership with a regional Mexican band, Los Tigres del Norte, at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Flanked by Jorge and Hernan Hernández, founding members of the iconic norteño group, Ed Ruth, director of ...

  41. Latin Briefs: Internet Usage Growth, Telemundo, Televisa

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet use by Hispanics between 2004 and 2008 grew by 43% in Phoenix, Ariz., according to a study by Scarborough Research . The study looked at rates of Hispanic Internet use in 13 markets, of which Phoenix had experienced the highest growth, fo ...

  42. Consultant Spills On Warner Music's ISP Plan

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A few more details about Warner Music Group’s proposal to issue blanket music licenses to ISPs trickled out at the Digital Music Forum East conference this week, where industry consultant Jim Griffin—the man behind the plan—was a featured speaker. ...

  43. U.K. Broadband Speeds Well Below Advertised Offer

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The average broadband speed for British consumers is 3.6 Megabits per second (Mbit/s), sufficient for many applications but well below advertised speeds, regulator Ofcom said on Thursday. According to research based on 10 million separate tests of ...

  44. Virgin Media Rolls Out Superfast Broadband

    December 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Cable operator Virgin Media became the first Internet provider to roll out a mass-market super-fast broadband service in Britain, launching a 50 megabits per second offering. The average broadband speed in Britain is between 4 and 5 MB. Virgin sai ...

  45. Execs Offer Digital Strategies To Bolster Tours

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST When it comes to fusing the digital industry with the live entertainment business, the process needs to be done "before, during and after" concerts, according to Verizon Wireless director of digital music Ed Ruth, who spoke today (Nov. 1 ...

  46. AT&T Mobility Settles Suit

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Following a similar settlement earlier this year in Florida, AT&T Mobility has settled a class action lawsuit in Georgia targeting the company's involvement with placing unauthorized content charges on subscribers phone bills. The complai ...

  47. RIAA Chimes In On Net Neutrality

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The debate continued over net neutrality on Capitol Hill today, with RIAA chairman/CEO Mitch Bainwol weighing in on a bill that would set U.S. broadband policy and mandate an FCC study. Bainwol, testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Subc ...

  48. Madonna Lines Up Mobile First

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operators Verizon Wireless and Vodafone have teamed up to simulcast a Madonna performance live to mobile phone on their respective networks. It is considered the first live simulcast across multiple wireless networks. Madonna will perform ...

  49. Timbaland, Timberlake Pact For Madonna Exclusive

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake have teamed up to create a remix of Madonna's single "4 Minutes," which will be available exclusively via Verizon Wireless in the United States and internationally through Vodafone. The track ...

  50. TDC Presses 'Play' On Unlimited Download Offering

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Danish telecom TDC has unveiled a new service, "Play," which enables its broadband and mobile customers unlimited access to roughly one million tracks from over 30 labels, including three of the four majors. Play started at one minute pa ...

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