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Data Dispatch: CenturyLink CEO compensation tops list among largest pay TV providers
Of the top 10 publicly traded pay TV operators, S&P Global Market Intelligence data shows the most highly compensated CEOs for 2018 all came from companies that recently engaged in significant M&A. Among the CEOs at the top 10 operators, the chief executive with the largest compensation package in 2018 was CenturyLink Inc.'s Jeffrey Storey. Including his salary, bonus, stock awards and other items, Storey's total compensation was valued at $35.7 million in 2018, coming in just above the $35.0 million that Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts received.
Data Dispatch: Supply ban would hurt Huawei's global ambition
The global ramifications of the U.S. placing Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. on an "Entity List" — effectively requiring U.S. companies to obtain a special license to do business with the Chinese firm — are still being felt, despite the government later scaling back the restrictions for 90 days. The ban is a supply chain disruptor for Huawei and cuts the company's access to large mobile ecosystems like Android, hurting the company's global expansion plans, analysts said.
After T-Mobile/Sprint deal commitments, FCC chairman recommends merger approval
After receiving a series of additional commitments from T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp., a top U.S. regulator said he is ready to recommend the pending merger between the two wireless operators for approval. U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said in a May 20 news release that he now believes the transaction "is in the public interest," and he intends to present his colleagues with a draft order that would approve the deal and "resolve this matter" in the coming weeks.
Analysis: Sprint/T-Mobile commitments may not go far enough for DOJ
The U.S. Department of Justice's decision on whether or not to approve the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is far from certain. It hinges on whether recent commitments from the two companies go far enough to relieve market concentration concerns, telecommunications experts say. While some analysts see FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's support as a sign the deal is heading for a successful close, others note that the transaction must also receive approval from the DOJ and a number of states.
Existing US Huawei gear has risks, but forcing removal may not be a priority
In the wake of recent U.S. government actions to prevent future use of telecommunications equipment from certain international sources, security experts said risks remain for rural carriers continuing to use equipment from Huawei. However, removing it may not be a top priority for the government.