Speedtest has published a new report on the state of fixed and mobile broadband speeds across the U.S.The data covers the first six months of 2016 and there s actually some bit of good news there: Overall, the fixed broadband industry has seen consolidation, speed upgrades and growth in fiber optic deployments, while mobile internet customers have also seen performance gains of over 30% compared to the same period a year ago.The typical fixed broadband consumer in the U.S. saw average download speeds greater than 50 Mbps for the first time ever during the first six months of 2016, topping out at 54.97 Mbps in June.This represents a year-on-year increase in download speeds of 42%, while upload speeds also grew 51% with an average of 18.88 Mbps.In terms of individual ISPs, Comcast s XFINITY and Cox Communications offer the fastest download speeds with an average of 125.53 Mbps and 117.85 Mbps, respectively.The newly-created Spectrum, born from the merger of Charter Communications, TWC and Bright House Networks, was a close third with average download speeds of 113.77 Mbps.
US cable provider Cox has to pay up $25m in damages to music publisher BMG for failing to crack down on its subscribers' music piracy.This week, the Eastern Virginia District Court has tossed out PDF Cox's appeal of a jury verdict awarding the damages to BMG after deciding that Cox had failed to properly act on warnings from BMG that its users were pirating music.Cox had appealed the verdict and asked Judge Liam O'Grady to overturn the jury's decision as a matter of law, an appeal that Judge O'Grady declined this week along with BMG's own attempts to claim further damages and a permanent injunction against Cox.The judge said that the jury had more than enough evidence to conclude that Cox did not do enough to warrant Digital Millennium Copyright Act DMCA protections, when it ignored repeated attempts by BMG to track and crack down on users downloading pirated music while on Cox's network.The case stems from complaints by BMG that Cox had been ignoring millions of infringement notices it had filed, and had blacklisted some of the services BMG used to track and report music piracy by Cox customers.The music publisher alleged that Cox should be held liable for the infringement, as it had not properly complied with the DMCA rules that otherwise shield ISPs from infringement.
The US Justice Department DOJ announced on Wednesday it s suing AT, alleging the company used DirecTV in an illegal campaign to block carriage of a television channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.The lawsuit accuses DirecTV and its parent company AT of sharing private negotiating information with other TV providers including Cox Communications and Charter Communications to gain an illegal advantage over mutual adversary Time Warner Cable, which had been selling licenses to air the Dodgers Channel on other networks.When the three cable providers AT, Cox, and Charter collectively agreed not to carry the Dodgers channel being licensed by Time Warner Cable, the DOJ alleges, they illegally reduced the likelihood that a customers would jump to another provider in order to watch live Dodgers games.The DOJ outlines its allegations of collusion in tremendous detail....a significant number of Dodgers fans have had no opportunity in recent years to watch their team play on television because overlapping and competitive pay television providers did not telecast Dodgers games.Those consumers were deprived of a fair competitive process when DIRECTV unlawfully exchanged strategic information with three competitors during their parallel negotiations concerning carrying Dodgers games.
The Department of Justice today sued DirecTV and its owner, AT, saying the satellite TV company colluded with competitors during contentious negotiations to broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games.Dodgers games have been blacked out in much of Los Angeles because pay-TV providers have been unwilling to pay the price demanded by SportsNet LA, the Dodgers channel operated by the baseball franchise and Time Warner Cable.But the DOJ's antitrust division placed the blame for this situation on AT and DirecTV.In a complaint filed in US District Court in California, it alleges that DirecTV was a "ringleader" in a coordinated scheme with cable companies Cox and Charter, according to a DOJ announcement."Dodgers fans were denied a fair, competitive process when DirecTV orchestrated a series of information exchanges with direct competitors that ultimately made consumers less likely to be able to watch their hometown team, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Sallet said in the DOJ announcement.The lack of a competitive negotiation process is especially bad for consumers in a market like cable television, where customers have "only a handful of choices," he said.
The idea of using messaging as a conduit for marketing and customer service has been gathering steam since Facebook declared its intention last year to let businesses connect through its standalone Messenger app.One startup benefiting from that burgeoning interest is Philadelphia-based Relay Network, which counts Cox Communications, Comcast, and Citizens Bank among the big companies using its private messaging service with appreciable results.Cox, for example, started using the Relay app in September 2015 to manage communications centered on upgrades by approximately 2 million people to its new digital video services.Customers who opt-in receive private, personalized notes related to their accounts, reporting on status and letting them know about related offers.The telecommunications company recorded a 40% reduction in recalls to its customer support team compared with previous upgrade cycles as well as 13% fewer field service visits, according to data shared by Relay.Elsewhere, Citizens Bank is using Relay s app as part of an information service created to drive higher completion rates for student loan applications.The bank noticed that applicants were missing reminders that were sent via regular mail or left as part of voicemail messages.Since creating the Citizens Bank Wire service, Citizens has seen a 10% increase in the completion rate for its loans.Almost 85% of all applicants, especially millennials, use the service, according to Relay.Another example comes from insurance company Independence Blue Cross, which uses Relay s messaging app to send information to approximately 300,000 people who subscribe to its health insurance policies.
A judge in the US has ruled that Facebook Live videos that are streamed publicly are considered to be "fair use", meaning that the owner of the footage cannot try to claim copyright infringement if other bodies, such as the media, seek to use the content.In May 2016, Kali Kanongataa, from Carmichael, California, made history by being the first to livestream the birth of a baby when he filmed the birth of his son, which his partner Sarah Dome agreed to.After filming for half an hour, Kanongataa realised that the stream was set to "public", rather than "friends only", but he didn't want to stop the video once it had been started, so he left the stream as it was.Over 120,000 people ended up watching the live stream, and 22 seconds of the footage was later picked up by ABC and aired on the Good Morning America morning television show because the show's anchors felt that the live stream was a "socially significant phenomenon".And since ABC has a partnership with Yahoo, the website also hosted the footage on its site, plus a screenshot and a short video clip from the stream were used on the Women's Health magazine website.Kanongataa wasn't happy about this and in September 2016, he decided to sue ABC, Yahoo, Rodale, COED Media Group, iHeartMedia and Cox Communications in several separate lawsuits (read the lawsuit against ABC and Yahoo) for copyright infringement because none of the media organisations sought his permission or consent to publish the video or any screenshots from his live stream.
p Netflix and other streaming services may have cable providers on the ropes, but the TV is still the center of the household.We may be the cord-cutting generation when it comes to cable providers, but according to a new report from Nielsen, we haven’t cut the cord when it comes to how we watch our content.As per Nielsen’s fourth-quarter 2016 Comparable Metrics Report, more than 92 percent of all viewing among American adults aged 18 years and older happens on a TV screen.So while Netflix may have replaced Cox Communications, your laptop screen has yet to best your widescreen.The analysis took a close look at total gross minutes of content viewership across TVs and TV-connected devices, as well as PCs, smartphones, and video tablets in the last three months of 2016.And although viewers are certainly turning to a wider range of devices when it comes to their entertainment, adult consumers are still very much tied to their television sets.
Nearly 80 percent of the country has only one option for high-speed broadband, because a handful of big cable companies has split the nation into a series of regional monopolies.That’s bad (and the reason why cable companies can treat their customers like actual dog crap!)But over the last year, cable companies have been merging at breakneck speeds, and a new report suggests that two giant players might become one.A report in the NYPost suggests that Charter — the second-biggest cable company, which also owns the Spectrum and TWC brands — is looking at buying Cox, the third-largest cable TV provider.A merger of the two brands would kill direct competition in some areas and consolidate the national broadband industry even further.With less national competition, cable companies will have even less incentive to push ahead with expensive new infrastructure projects, delaying the rollout of high-speed fiber internet even further.
“In 2018 we’re doubling down on blockchain,” says Gil Beyda, managing director of Comcast Ventures, the investment arm of one of the world’s largest media and telecom companies.“Just to be clear, if bitcoin were at $15 instead of $15,000 we would still be committing to this,” he said.Comcast Ventures has been looking at blockchain technology for months, driven by Comcast and NBCUniversal’s long-standing interest in applications across several of the company’s business units.In fact, internal experiments are already underway around advanced advertising alongside Disney and Cox Communications that will be used to match data sets without sharing consumer data.“We have real-world applications inside Comcast where folks are trying to solve real-world problems with blockchain.”Earlier this month, the company announced a commitment to MState Growth Lab, an accelerator program focused on enterprise blockchain startups that’s also being funded by IBM and Galvanize, an accelerator, investment fund and bootcamp.
The Drone Racing League (DRL) has announced a partnership with BMW that includes development of a new racing drone and a championship season event at BMW’s Welt exhibition center in Germany.The announcement comes a week after digital service provider Cox Communications added itself (and its Wi-Fi capabilities) to a sponsor roster that already included Swatch, Allianz, and Nikko Air.Aside from providing a new race course for the franchise’s competitors, BMW will help the league create the fastest drones in the world.Last year, DRL had hand-built the reigning world-record holding vehicle, the RacerX, for its Allianz-sponsored world championships.BMW will collaborate with DRL to break the record, testing prototypes through the automotive maker’s wind tunnel.Jörg Reimann, head of BMW International brand experience, said: “The partnership with DRL will enhance BMW’s racing involvement with future-oriented formats.
Charter Communications,Comcast Corporation and Cox Communications, owners of NCC Media has announced the creation of a new division within NCC to design, deploy and sell unified advertising solutions across NCC's participants' national footprint.Using non-personally identifiable data and targeting capabilities, the group made from the three largest broadband providers in the US has plans to create advanced video advertising products that deliver greater scale, audiences and measurement to meet current and future demands of advertisers.Comcast has assigned its Media 360 (CM360) national advertising sales team to make up the foundation of the new group, along with talent and resources from NCC Media, Charter and Cox.The group has been assigned to build products that deliver targeted audiences across linear and video on demand (VOD) platforms.It will also be tasked with driving research, data and analytic capabilities to provide consistency in how the advertising industry measures the effectiveness of an advertisement and simplify how agencies manage campaigns.Andrew Ward, who currently serves as vice president, CM360, will head the new group as general manager.
The large cable companies that own NCC Media, the national advertising sales, technology and marketing firm, announced today that they will launch a new division to sell targeted ads to cable systems nationwide.The group will use “non-personally identifiable data” to create products for targeted audiences across linear and video-on-demand, or VOD, platforms that will launch later this year, the owners, Charter Communications, Comcast Cable and Cox Communications, announced.“Today’s announcement is a natural extension of the great work we are already doing with Charter, Cox and NCC Media in cable advertising,” said Comcast Cable president and CEO David Watson in a statement.“Together with our partners, we have new opportunities to build advanced advertising solutions that deliver scale, consistency and reliability.”The former national ad sales team at Comcast Spotlight will create the foundation of the group, using resources from NCC Media, Charter and Cox.“This new group within NCC Media has the ability to make a major impact for all players within the advertising landscape,” said Charter CEO Thomas M. Rutledge.
Even your television provider is looking for ways to make your home smarter.This week, Cox Communications introduced a new service offering in the form of home automation.Meet Cox Homelife Automation, heralded as a new choice for customers “who want peace of mind to stay connected to loved ones and control their home, but don’t feel the need for 24/7 monitored security.”Homelife Automation offers a number of features that are, admittedly, available via several other smart home providers as well.But still, if you’re looking for a one-stop solution for your smart home with a company you are probably already in cahoots with, this is not a bad option.The service provides options like an Indoor and Outdoor Homelife HD camera, which boasts secure live camera viewing and free motion-activated recordings; custom alerts and notifications sent directly to your phone so that you know when your child arrives home from school or when a petsitter leaves the premises; control of lights, smart door locks, and thermostats from the palm of your hand; and professional installation and educational onboarding supported by a team of local
How's this any different to advertising in a teen mag, asks social networkA lawsuit alleging that Amazon.com, Cox Media Group, Cox Communications and T-Mobile US used Facebook ads to discriminate against older jobseekers has been expanded to finger other organizations, including Facebook.The complaint was filed in December on behalf of the Communications Workers of America union, in the wake of a ProPublica investigation that found Facebook ads were being used for age discrimination.Essentially, when buying ad space on Facebook, you can tell the social network to only show your post to people of a certain age or skin color as well as the usual stuff like location.In a San Francisco federal court on Tuesday – on the heels of an ad transparency push for political and issue ads – the complaint was amended to accuse thirteen more companies of using Facebook's ad platform to target young workers and exclude elders.Those newly named companies are: Arhaus, Capital One, Citadel, Defenders, Facebook, Fairfield Residential, IKEA, Leidos, Sleep Number Corp., Triplebyte, Weichert Realtors, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and University of Maryland Medical System.
Porn studio Ventura Content has asked the court to review the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for the first time since it was introduced 20 years ago, arguing that the legislation is outdated and needs reform.And earlier this week, another case arguing the same point was heard in Texas.The ISP in that case, Grande Communications, is refusing to accept the notion that copyright infringement is happening on its network.Ventura has appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the law as currently applied gives too much deference to ISPs and websites, producing a "staggering dissonance between online and offline liability standards."Meanwhile, in a case on the other side of the country, Cox Communications has walked away from a long-running legal battle with BMG Rights Management, which administers the rights to numerous well-known pop sensations including David Bowie, Bruno Mars, and Frank Ocean.The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Cybersecurity researchers regularly disclose the bugs they find in different applications and websites across the internet.Sometimes, these vulnerabilities are incredibly complicated to exploit, evidence more of a researcher's expertise than something the average consumer should worry about.Earlier this month, a duo of researchers discovered a dead-simple insecurity on the website for Cox Communications, an US cable and internet provider with around six million customers.The problem they discovered would have allowed attackers to take over user accounts and gain access to sensitive data like billing information.In addition to answering a security question or responding to an email, people could elect to receive a phone call, with an automated voice reading them a special code.But a hacker could change the phone number associated with the account from the webpage, using only a customer's User ID or their cox.net email address, allowing them to intercept the code themselves.
DRL is proving that it’s more than just a forward-thinking sports league by building out its in-house media and marketing teams to create ad campaigns for major brands like Swatch.Its latest marketing effort is for private telecom company Cox Communications.But why choose DRL to create an entire brand campaign?Cox Communications was looking for a way to show consumers that the brand is more than just a cable company, but a company that is helping to build the future.The best way to tell that story—using a mix of traditional TV ads and experiential events—was not by working with a typical ad agency (although the brand’s agency, Doner, did help out a bit) but instead partnering with another future-thinking brand, the Drone Racing League.“We are pretty much building the internet for this and the next generation, which is awesome, but it’s not how people think about us.
Martin occupies that unique position of being someone who manages influencer marketing programs for his brand and is also an influencer himself.In this interview, Martin shares his journey into working with influencers, tips on identifying, recruiting and managing relationships with influencers as well as insights on measurement and his thoughts towards the future.I connected with Aaron Kilby who started and runs MediaChat, and things took off from there.The day after the event we looked at the results, and I was hooked.They’re still a consumer, and they are influenced and make purchase decisions much as they would as a consumer.For example; B2B or B2C will play an essential role in determining where to focus the efforts of influencers.
Welcome to the fifth installment in our “Collective Wisdom” series of content marketing strategy articles.With global influencer marketing advertising spending forecast to double from $5 billion to $10 billion over the next five years (Mediakit, 2018), and 65% of global brands planning to increase their influencer marketing spending over the next year (World Federation of Advertisers), the time to release your influencer marketing Kraken could hardly be better.Numerous studies from Nielsen and others over the years have continued to show that our trust in our fellow real human beings is roughly twice that we generally have for brands or organizations — or, most certainly, the Kraken — and influencer marketing has grabbed hold and run with this natural preference for people.Noted marketing speaker and author Jay Baer, founder of Convince and Convert, encourages thinking long-term when it comes to influencer marketing.How to nurture these relationships early and often is featured heavily in “Words of Wisdom: Lee Odden’s Top 9 Insights on How to Succeed at Influencer Marketing 2.0,” by TopRank Marketing senior content marketing manager Caitlin Burgess, a great resource for learning more about the specifics and nitty-gritty of developing your own smart and successful influencer marketing campaign.One of our most popular annual collections of the very best content marketing influencers was recently released, and it offers a great way to find and easily follow many of the brightest professionals in the influencer marketing world: “50 B2B Marketing Influencers and Experts to Follow Into 2019.”
Google wants to make it easier for job candidates to find great fits.It rolled out Cloud Talent Solution (formerly Cloud Job Discovery), a development platform for job search workloads that factors in a range of preferences to match employers with qualified applicants, last August.And today, building on early momentum, it’s introducing enhanced multilanguage support and new features in Cloud Talent Solution’s search API, including search filters for walking and cycling commutes.They’re available to any of the more than 4,000 sites already using Cloud Talent Solution.“Since launching Cloud Talent Solution last year, we’ve been working closely with employers and job boards to help improve the discoverability of jobs, as well as matching those jobs with the right candidates,” Google product manager Jennifer Su wrote in a blog post.“Companies around the globe have told us that reaching a larger talent pool is consistently top of mind, and we also hear from job seekers about their unique job search and employment needs.”