AT&T provides Access to low-income homes; Congresswoman asks DirecTV and TWC to keep SportsNet LA talks alive

More cable news from across the web:

> Rep. Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) has asked Time Warner Cable and DirecTV to return to the bargaining table once again to hammer out a deal for Dodgers channel SportsNet LA. Los Angeles Times story

> Attendance at the NAB conference in Las Vegas topped 103,000 this week, roughly flat with 2015's turnout. TV Technology story

> Wave has introduced its gigabit-speed broadband services in Portland, Ore. CED Magazine story

> Disney/ABC has pulled out of a joint venture for Fusion, leaving Univision as the sole owner. Deadline Hollywood story

Telecom News

> Hundreds of people rallied in Copley Square yesterday in Boston in support of the 40,000 Verizon employees who are on strike against the company. And it appears that there is no end in sight for the strike that started at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13. Article

> AT&T said today it will launch a new program called "Access from AT&T" that will provide inexpensive home wired internet service to Americans who live in the carrier's 21-state service area and who participate in the U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, which used to be called food stamps. Article

Wireless News

> Crown Castle's first-quarter earnings drew relatively positive responses from analysts as the company reported mixed financial results but increased its guidance for the year. Article

> Verizon continued to bleed prepaid users, opting to cede the market to carrier-owned brands such as MetroPCS and Cricket. Meanwhile, the nation's largest mobile network operator considers TracFone its prepaid offering. Article

And finally… More than two thirds of 685 Americans polled by Vrge Analytics said they'd be disturbed if ads tied to online and mobile behavior showed up on their living-room TVs. CED Magazine

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