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Net Neutrality Rules in Jeopardy

D.C. buzz leads today's cable news roundup, which includes personnel moves and word that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's net neutrality rules could be in jeopardy.

  • The FCC's net neutrality rules, already feeling pressure from carrier-led lawsuits, could be in serious trouble after a House panel voted for a bill to block them. (See The FCC Strikes Back, FCC Votes to Approve Net Neutrality Rules and Verizon Fights Net Neutrality Order.)

    The rules will stay in place unless Congress and the president "take further action," reports The Washington Post. The bill is now heading to the full House Energy and Commerce committee, the paper added.

  • National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) CEO Kyle McSlarrow is joining Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) as president of its Washington office, and former FCC Chairman Michael Powell is being viewed as a likely successor. Meanwhile, the White House is reportedly considering current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski as a successor to Secretary of State Gary Locke. (See NCTA Chief to Join Comcast/NBCU.)

  • In a response to a lawsuit, Suddenlink Communications says rival FPL FiberNet LLC has lost customers as a result of phone outages, not because three former FiberNet employees now working for the MSO shared confidential info. (See Suddenlink Slaps Usage Meters on Cable Modems.)

  • Following the closing of its acquisition of The Huffington Post, AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is laying off hundreds of staffers.

  • Good review of the iPad 2 in The New York Times, which notes that a $40 High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) adapter allows users to connect the tablet to the TV, making it a "great setup for teaching, slide shows, presentations, YouTube and movies." (See iPad 2: Fast & Skinny But No USB.)

  • Apple TV owners can now watch live NBA and Major League Baseball games if they buy subscription packages from the league, which Financial Times notes, is a "sign that cable companies will face more online competition." (See Apple Bites Into Subscription Video.)

  • Boxee scored a glowing review in CNET Australia, which noted that the one drawback is its premium price. (See Boxee Launches Cord-Cutting Box .)

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable

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