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Media & Comm, most read: Robert McDowell on net neutrality; DISH execs on Sling

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Former FCC commissioner weighs in as states challenge agency on net neutrality

After the Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate its net neutrality rules, more than two dozen states moved to implement their own protections, even though the FCC included language pre-empting states from passing such measures. With a legal battle brewing between the federal agency and state governments, S&P Global Market Intelligence spoke with Cooley LLP partner Robert McDowell, who was a Republican commissioner on the FCC between 2006 and 2013, about his perspective on the balance of power between state and federal regulators and the larger issue of net neutrality.

DISH execs tout 2017 Sling growth, talk impact of Disney/Fox deal

DISH Network Corp. likes the growth it is seeing in its Sling TV business even as its overall number of video customers continues to drop. For the first time in Sling's history, DISH separately disclosed its DISH TV and Sling TV subscribers, ending 2017 with 13.2 million pay TV subscribers, including 11.0 million DISH TV subscribers and 2.2 million Sling TV subscribers.

FOX News Channel targets 'superfans' with OTT streaming service

In the second major content play since it agreed to sell myriad assets to Walt Disney Co. late in 2017, 21st Century Fox Inc.'s FOX News Channel (US) will debut a news opinion-driven, over-the-top streaming offering in the fourth quarter. Ad-free at launch, Fox Nation will dive into the issues of the day with live, exclusive daily streaming content and long-form programming available only to subscribers.

FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules published; Congressional battle reignites

With the Federal Communications Commission's order repealing the U.S. agency's net neutrality rules published in the Federal Register on Feb. 22, Democratic lawmakers are ready to start the legislative process to overturn it. The publication is one of the last required steps before the repeal of the rules becomes effective.

Analysis: Apple's smart speaker playing catch-up to devices from Amazon, Google

Analysts and tech reviewers largely agree Apple Inc.'s new HomePod smart speaker offers stellar sound quality, but its price and limited initial features compared to peers could dampen its consumer appeal, some say.