Here are the editor's top picks for the week.
Pros, cons of AT&T/Time Warner deal argued at hearing
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee were heavily divided on how to view AT&T Inc.'s proposed $106.83 billion purchase of Time Warner Inc. While Democratic members of the committee expressed strong skepticism, Republicans seemed split. Some GOP members, including Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, clearly favored the deal, but others, including Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, expressed a number of concerns.
Altice USA's plan to control costs while deploying fiber
In recent years, Altice NV has cultivated a reputation for two things: cutting costs and deploying fiber. According to analysts, those are not necessarily antithetical initiatives.
The FCC's Rosenworcel dilemma
FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel could soon be out of a job unless the Senate takes quick action to reconfirm her commission seat before the end of the year. But there are several reasons why that is unlikely.
Media, communications ETFs becoming more niche
Most exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, track an existing index with half to 80% of the ETFs' securities drawn from entities in the target index. But we are seeing more and more unyoke from a target index to form creative associations in media and elsewhere.
Zero backing down on zero rating
With its most recent letters to AT&T and Verizon Communications Inc., the FCC has made clear it is pushing forward on its investigation into zero-rating offerings. But proponents of zero rating are not backing down either.