Today's cable news roundup leads with a look at cable lobbyists hammering the feds over the wasteful use of some broadband stimulus funds.
A National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) -commissioned economic analysis of some broadband stimulus projects awarded by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) found that duplicative broadband networks allocated big bucks to reach a small number of unserved homes. The NCTA said the study, which examined three large Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) awards in Western Kansas ($101.2 million), northeastern Minnesota ($66.4 million) and southwest Montana ($64.1 million), raises issues not addressed in new rules that let RUS continue funding duplicative broadband networks, even in communities where most homes have access to broadband.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has unleashed its next-gen media guide for FiOS TV, touting more than 25 upgrades, including automatic 3-D programming detection, DVR chaptering, support for external eSATA drives, and new search capabilities. Customers in Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany, N.Y., and in the Harrisburg, Pa., region are the first to get them. All other FiOS markets will get them "during the coming months."
Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) can breathe a bit easier today amid word that it won't repeat as champion of The Consumerist's "Worst Company in America" tournament, as it was thrashed by BP in the Final Four. BP moves on to face Bank of America in the finals. Here's the landslide tally that kept Comcast from moving on: