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September, 2016


Digital music services like Spotify and Pandora may be favored by their listeners, yet for songwriters, singers and publishers, sharing their music with audio streaming services may not be such a sweet deal.


The disruptive entry of cable operators is not fully captured in the FCC’s 2013 data collection. Since 2014, cable business service units have invested an estimated $6 billion in capital, while competitive fiber providers have invested an estimated $9 billion. Cable companies are enjoying the fruits of their substantial infrastructure investment. Cable business revenues have grown from approximately $4 billion in 2009, to an estimated $14 billion in 2015.


For the past two years, two of the largest licensing clearinghouses, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) have been negotiating with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to gain more control over fees for their artists’ work that is shared with digital services.


The average online adult in the U.S. has more than four connected gadgets. And for a third of adults, one of those devices is a smart, internet-connected TV, according to Forrester Research’s State of Consumers and Technology: Benchmark 2016 survey.


Once you get home with your smartphone or tablet, chances are you connect to your Wi-Fi network to access the internet. Referred to as “home roaming,” this common practice helps make iOS and Android devices the most significant generator of traffic for fixed-access broadband services in North American homes.


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is on the brink of deciding whether – and how – to regulate prices in the special access, or business data services (BDS), market. The commission took up this matter after years of complaints from competitors that incumbent providers’ prices for these services are just too high.  Since 2005, in response to those complaints, the FCC has been collecting data to measure the level of competition in the marketplace.


Smart homes may soon go mainstream. Thanks to companies like Apple and Samsung, home builders are ready to make smart home technologies a built-in feature instead of an aftermarket add-on.


On-demand video services like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu have been disrupting the TV viewing marketplace, making it easy for younger consumers to “cut the cord,” but pay-TV providers are increasingly trying to offer services to get them as subscribers.