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Verizon Appeals Net Neutrality Rules (Again)

News from the regulatory world kicks off Monday's roundup as a big telco turns up the heat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's network neutrality rules.
  • Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is appealing the FCC's network neutrality rules on claims that the Commission overstepped its authority. It's a second go-round for Verizon, which jumped the gun in January by filing the suit before the rules were published in the Federal Registry. MetroPCS Inc. (NYSE: PCS) also is expected to rejoin the fight. (See Verizon Fights Net Neutrality Order, FCC Votes to Approve Net Neutrality Rules, Free Press Fights Net Neutrality Rules and MetroPCS Joins Fight Against Net Neutrality Rules.)

  • Second-round bids for Hulu LLC are due this week, but the sale appears to be in jeopardy again due to tough demands and conditions and the possibility that News Corp. (NYSE: NWS), one of Hulu's owners, is getting cold feet, reports The Wrap. Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) is still said to be the front-runner, with a bid of about $2 billion. (See Dish, Google Close In on Hulu .)

  • CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has launched a $9.95-per-month DSL tier targeted to low-income customers, a move that follows Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)'s wide rollout of a similar program called Internet Essentials. CenturyLink's Internet Basics program offers the 1.5Mbit/s (downstream) tier, free training and a $150 netbook to customers who qualify under the Lifeline Affordable Telephone Service program. (See Comcast Goes Big With 'Internet Essentials'.)

  • Kudelski Group 's Nagra unit has inked a deal to acquire Sigma Systems 's Subscriber Information Service (SIS), which complies with SCTE-130, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) standard for advanced ad system interfaces. Nagra intends to integrate the SIS into its advanced advertising platform, which came way of Kudelski's acquisition of OpenTV Corp. in 2010. (See Kudelski Completes OpenTV Buy.)

  • A former employee of News Corp. (NYSE: NWS)'s NDS Ltd. unit is under fire in Italy for allegedly hacking satellite encryption cards made by a rival video security firm, Nagra France, that were being supplied to two Italian satellite TV firms: Stream and Tele+.

    — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

  • Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 4:52:01 PM
    re: Verizon Appeals Net Neutrality Rules (Again)

    That makes sense; i saw some other story claiming that it had to do with commitments related to CenturyLink's purchase of Savvis, which makes no sense. JB

    AESerm 12/5/2012 | 4:52:01 PM
    re: Verizon Appeals Net Neutrality Rules (Again)

    As with Comcast/NBCU, the CenturyLink/Qwest deal is associated with so-called 'merger commitments' that included b'band adoption programs for low-income consumers.

    AESerm 12/5/2012 | 4:52:00 PM
    re: Verizon Appeals Net Neutrality Rules (Again)

    FCC Commish Mignon Clyburn, who is probably in a position to know (and to encourage other ops to follow suit) talked up the commitments in a speech in June.

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