Cable news from across the Web
> As a cautionary tale amid all the hoopla that is the U.S. national broadband plan comes this: A report says that building a high-speed network across Australia will cost taxpayers 24 times more than South Koreans paid. Story.
> House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton has suggested he might cut off funds to prevent the FCC from rolling out a net neutrality plan. Story.
> Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC-WI), Charter Communications (Nasdaq: CHTR), Cablevision Systems (NYSE: CVC) and Comcast were among 10 brands ranked "very poor" in a Forrester Research study of consumer responses to 154 North American brands. Story.
> Scott Kurnit, who knows a thing or two about joint ventures, isn't optimistic about Hulu's chances as a joint venture. Story.
And finally ... non-sports fans are catching on to how much they're paying to not watch sports on cable television. Story.