Here are the editor's top picks for the week.
Small network operators fight FCC's moves against Chinese equipment-makers
As U.S. regulators weigh how best to discourage telecom operators from buying equipment deemed risky or unsecure, several groups representing mostly small and medium-sized communications service operators are pushing back, warning against agency overreach. Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that considers new rules barring recipients of the agency's Universal Service Fund from purchasing communications network equipment or services from companies deemed to pose a threat to U.S. national security. While the FCC's proposal did not single out any companies by name, it did cite increasing security concerns around the Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp.
'Ant-Man' gets a good buzz going ahead of July 4th holiday
"Ant-Man and the Wasp," the latest feature from Walt Disney Co.'s Marvel studio, comes flying into theaters July 6. Paul Rudd once again stars in the titular role, playing a tiny hero who must balance the pressure of saving lives with those of being a better father. He is joined by Evangeline Lilly, who as The Wasp becomes his partner in stopping catastrophe. The movie is already earning strong reviews, having garnered an 83% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of about 11:30 a.m. ET on July 3. The site described the film as "a lighter, brighter superhero movie" that serves as "a much-needed [Marvel] palate cleanser."
US lawmakers raise national security concerns over Sprint/T-Mobile deal
A group of lawmakers from the U.S. House of Representatives reportedly plans to send a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin pushing for a thorough national security review of T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp.'s pending $26.5 billion merger. Bloomberg News reported July 3 that a draft letter is currently being circulated in the House arguing that the proposed combination of Sprint and T-Mobile raises national security concerns as both companies "operate as subsidiaries of foreign-owned firms." Sprint is owned by the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. while T-Mobile's parent is Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG.
The week in OTT: Verizon to shutter go90; Samsung TVs get Discovery's GO apps
This weekly recap of recent news related to streaming initiatives in the U.S. from various networks and platforms includes Verizon Communications Inc.'s decision to shutter its ad-supported mobile video service go90 on July 31 and the launch of Discovery Inc.'s TV Everywhere GO apps on select Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. smart TVs.
M&A Replay: Gray, Raycom agree to merge; AT&T buying AppNexus
S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a wrap-up of U.S. companies' media and communications deal announcements and completions from June 25 to June 29, including Omaha, Neb.-based communication and network infrastructure services provider West Corp.'s agreement to buy Seattle-based software and services company Flowroute LLC and Sony Corp. of America's definitive agreement to buy a 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing parent D.H. Publishing LP.