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Comcast reaches deal with Vermont Public Utility Commission

Oct. 7, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Public Utility Commission has reached an agreement with Comcast to continue to allow the company to be a cable television provider in the state, while offering benefits for local cable access channels. For any cable provider to operate inside Vermont they must have a...

Football helps NBC win first week of the fall season

Oct. 1, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With football in full swing and "The Big Bang Theory" nowhere to be seen, the first week of the fall season had NBC feeling like must-see TV again. The network that dominated prime time in the 1980s and 1990s won the week in total viewers for the first time in 18 years with an average...

Fox network, sports channels go dark for Dish customers

Sep. 26, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox's cable sports networks and some local Fox stations have gone dark for customers of satellite TV provider Dish because of a dispute over the networks' cost. Dish says the broadcast network was pulled in 17 markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. Fox News remains...

Telecommunications, utilities spend heavy on lobbying

Sep. 22, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Lobbyists ranging from the cable industry to major electric utilities have reported spending a combined $4.2 million in the newly Democratic Maine Legislature's busy legislative session. But top spenders didn't always get what they wanted, according to an Associated Press analysis of...

It's no joke: women rule the Emmy comedy series category

Sep. 20, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the winner of the best comedy series Emmy Award is announced Sunday, odds are good that a woman will be giving the acceptance speech. An unprecedented number of the seven nominated comedies are from female creators: defending champion "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," ''Fleabag" and...

Southern Vermont town officials consider broadband district

Sep. 15, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Town officials across southern Vermont are considering a communications union district as a way to provide broadband service to underserved areas. Vermont Public Radio reports that such a district allows towns to join together in a legal entity that can plan and finance broadband...

ESPN president expects Silicon Valley to bid for NFL rights

Sep. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro expects competition from Silicon Valley when the NFL's television contracts come up for renewal. The cable network's $15.2 billion, eight-year agreement with the league for Monday night games runs through 2021. CBS, NBC and Fox and NBC have deals with the NFL...

Cable providers hit Maine over a la carte law

Sep. 10, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Major cable providers are suing Maine over its new law requiring subscribers to have the option of purchasing access to individual cable channels. The Bangor Daily News reports operators, including Comcast, sued Maine and 17 municipalities to delay and throw out a law effective Sept....

Optimum restoring cable service after outage in NY, NJ, CT

Sep. 7, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Altice USA says service is being restored after a widespread outage left customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut without cable TV and internet service. Altice spokeswoman Lisa Anselmo said Saturday morning that crews "worked around the clock" and service under the company's...

Optimum customers in NY, NJ, CT hit by cable outage

Sep. 6, 2019 10:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A widespread outage has left Optimum customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut without cable TV and internet service. Optimum customers started tweeting that their service was out at about 8 p.m. Friday. Lisa Anselmo, a spokeswoman for Optimum parent company Altice USA, said the...