The FCC voted to repeal its 2015 net neutrality rules, which had mandated that telcos treat all of their web traffic equally. As expected, the repeal passed on a party line vote, with the agency’s three Republican members voting in favor. FCC head Ajit Pai, who joined the agency in 2012 before President Donald Trump elevated him to Chairman earlier this year, had long advocated the policy change. The vote also marks a major victory for the telecom industry, which had fiercely opposed the Obama-era regulations. Net neutrality advocates have argued that telcos will now be empowered to slow or block certain web traffic, or to create paid “fast lanes” for consumers and publishers. The agency’s Republican commissioner’s say that companies will still have to disclose such decisions to the public, and that another powerful agency – the FTC – will be able to step in if telcos engage in anticompetitive practices.
Orange you glad he’s back? Pantone has developed a custom color, “Team Coco Orange,” to celebrate tonight’s debut of Conan O’Brien’s new 30-minute show format on TBS. “Good-natured and expansive, friendly and gregarious, Conan’s Team Coco Orange is an energizing and fearless orange tone with a touch of tang,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President, Pantone […]
Wendy Williams is taking an extended break from her syndicated talk show. In addition to recovering from a fractured shoulder, Williams requires hospital treatment owing to complications arising from Graves’ disease. Said distributor Debmar-Mercury, “We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open […]
Conference Championships paid off big for networks on Sunday. Nearly 54 million people tuned to in watch CBS Sports’ coverage of the Patriots/Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game, clocking 53.9 million viewers to rank as the second-most watched AFC Championship Game in 42 years, according to Nielsen fast national ratings. The OT matchup drew an […]
The debut of UFC Fight Night on ESPN+, which showcased13 fights live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, led to a record-setting night with 568,000 new subscribers to the platform on Friday and Saturday to rank as the largest event and subscription catalyst for ESPN+ thus far. The UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ Prelims card ran on […]
Netflix renewed Chuck Lorre comedy The Kominsky Method, starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, for an eight-episode second season. The move comes after the show scored a best comedy series win and Douglas snagged a lead actor in a comedy series trophy at the Golden Globes. The show resumes production later this month in Los […]