Altice deploys Cisco's cBR-8 in France; Comcast comments on EAS mandates

More cable news from across the web:

> In FCC comments, Comcast said imposing emergency alert system (EAS) mandates on OTT video is 'unwarranted.' Filing

> Altice has begun DOCSIS 3.1 field trials in France through its SFR unit using Cisco's cBR-8 converged broadband router. BTR story

> Liberty Global has participated in an $11 million funding round for video aggregation company Frequency. Multichannel News story

> MoCA said it's developing a specification targeting multiple dwelling units that it calls MoCA Access. CED Magazine story

> Shareholders for Nexstar Broadcasting and Media General have approved the merger of the two station owners. Broadcasting & Cable story

Telecom News

> DQE Communications, a Western Pennsylvania-based business provider, is now offering its customers a new wavelength service option. Article

> Windstream is tightening up its interconnection points, weeding out unnecessary third-party circuits with other carriers to streamline costs and focus on expanding its on-net footprint, a senior executive said. Article

Wireless Tech News

> With a nod to recent advances in self-interference cancellation (SIC), researchers at New York University Tandon School of Engineering and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, set out to propose a mixed multi-cell system composed of full duplex and half duplex radios. Article

Wireless News

> Apple and Google are each revising their revenue-sharing models for mobile apps. And the shift is all about recurring revenues. Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, told The Verge that the company is planning to expand on its long-time model, which sees the company take 30 percent of app revenues, with publishers receiving the remaining 70 percent. Publishers who maintain a subscription with a customer for more than a year will soon keep 85 percent of recurring revenues, with the company retaining only 15 percent. Article

> Huawei aims to be the top-selling smartphone vendor in the world in the next few years, passing No. 1 Samsung and second-place Apple. But the Chinese company will likely have to make big strides in the U.S. to do so. Article

And finally… Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is holding up a vote on the bipartisan Mobile Act to get a full Senate vote on the re-nomination of FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. Broadcasting & Cable story