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Media & Comm, editor's picks: Olympics on NBCSN; DISH's $1B wireless network

Here are the editor's top picks for the week.

Olympics coverage boosts NBCSN to record prime-time span

Buoyed by its Pyeongchang Winter Olympics coverage, NBCSN (US) registered the most-viewed seven-day prime-time delivery in its history. From Saturday, Feb. 10, through Friday, Feb. 16, NBCSN averaged 2.4 million viewers in prime time, according to Nielsen Holdings data. Over that span, NBCUniversal Media LLC's national sports cable network's lineup included live figure skating, snowboard slopestyle and Team USA women's hockey, as well as cross-country skiing, ski jumping, curling, biathlon and luge.

DISH to spend up to $1B on wireless network build through 2020

DISH Network Corp. said it remains on track to complete the first phase of its planned wireless network deployment by March 2020 in accordance with regulators' build-out requirements. During a Feb. 21 earnings conference call, DISH Executive Vice President of Corporate Development Thomas Cullen said the estimate includes both capital and operating expenditures and will begin to be recorded in 2018, though "the bulk of it" will be seen in 2019.

Deutsche Telekom CEO: Liberty, Vodafone deal in Germany 'unacceptable'

Deutsche Telekom AG warned that Vodafone Group Plc's prospective acquisition of Liberty Global plc's cable assets in Germany risks creating a "monopoly" in the country's cable TV market. Speaking during a Feb. 22 earnings call, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges said he had "a lot of evidence" that a transaction "might be happening soon," stressing that a potential deal in Germany between the two would be "completely unacceptable."

FCC considers wireless future with high-spectrum bands, auction outlook

The Federal Communications Commission voted Feb. 22 to initiate a proceeding focused on opening up certain high-spectrum bands for commercial use that have long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range. The commission voted unanimously to move forward on a notice of proposed rulemaking that aims to expand access to spectrum above 95 GHz, though some also expressed reservations about the FCC's current approach to opening up more spectrum.

US media conglomerates feel the pinch of political ad comparisons during Q4

Facing tough comparisons from the prior-year period buoyed by political dollars tied to the presidential election cycle, U.S. media conglomerates saw broadcast advertising revenue decline during the final reporting period of 2017. The second year of NFL regular-season ratings decreases also impacted advertising results during the three months ended Dec. 31, 2017.