AT&T Enforces Broadband Caps

Good morning, cable gang. Here's a quick look at today's industry news.

  • AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) could see a backlash from subs as it starts to enforce usage caps on its broadband services, charging U-verse customers $10 for every 50 Gigabytes they consume above the 250GB ceiling. DSL customers will pay that if they exceed AT&T's monthly 150GB threshold. (See AT&T to Fit Subs With Broadband Caps .)

  • Look for Brightcove Inc. lawyers to start targeting pay-TV distributors and programmers it doesn't already have license deals with, after it was awarded a broad U.S. patent for the "distribution of content." (See Brightcove Tunes Up for 'TV Everywhere' Pilots.)

  • Pay-TV subscribers may get access to some National Football League games on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iPad and other mobile devices, if the league is able to squeeze additional license fees from Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), DirecTV Group Inc. (NYSE: DTV), Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH), Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and other affiliates. (See Verizon FiOS App Streams NFL Games to iPads.)

  • "To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of Dish Network's demise were greatly exaggerated," wrote Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Inc. analyst Craig Moffett soon after Dish, EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS) and TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) announced a $500 million settlement today. Moffett was fearful last year that Dish would face a "death sentence" if it was forced to disable up to 8 million DVRs. (See Dish May Have to Disable Millions of DVRs and Dish, EchoStar to Pay TiVo $500M to Settle Suit .)

  • Dutch telecom company KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) will pick up an additional 158,000 homes through its acquisition of CAIW , the fourth-largest cable operator in Holland.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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