Dish avoids blackouts with Media General and Cox; Wheeler says Netflix's throttling is not an Open Internet thing

More cable news from across the Web:

> Dish Network has averted blackouts across 84 stations, carving a long-term broadcast retransmission agreement with Cox Media Group and a short-term extension with Media General. TV Predictions story

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Netflix's admitted throttling of mobile video does not relate to Open Internet regulation and the agency will not investigate it. Reuters story

> Univision has urged the FCC to take a closer look at so-called most favored nation clauses (MFNs) in pay-TV program licensing contracts. Multichannel News story

> Mediacom has expanded its suit municipal broadband-related suit against Iowa City to include contractor ImOn Communications. Iowa City Press Citizen story

> Metrics company comScore said it's signed a longterm deal with Dish. Multichannel News story

Telecom News

> Frontier has completed its $10.5 billion acquisition of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Texas and Florida, a deal that nearly doubles the mainly rural telco's size. Article

> The data center market continued to be a source of growth for a number of the major Ethernet switch vendors in 2015 as Arista, Huawei and Juniper saw sales grow 41 percent, 125 percent and 15 percent respectively. Despite their gains, Cisco remains the top data center Ethernet switch vendor with 57 percent of total revenue. In 2015, the data center segment of the Ethernet switch market nearly reached $10 billion. While data center switches will drive almost all the growth in the overall market through 2020, Dell'Oro Group says the Ethernet switch market continues to fragment. Article

Wireless News

> MoffettNathanson downgraded both Verizon and AT&T, saying shares of both companies "have very substantially outperformed" in recent months despite major challenges in the U.S. mobile market. Article

> The FCC voted to expand the Lifeline program to cover broadband Internet service for low-income Americans during a heated meeting that followed the collapse of an 11th-hour effort to reach a consensus among the five commissioners. Article

And finally… In an apparent April Fools gag, Netflix claims that Fuller House star John Stamos has helped it with its cloud engineering. Netflix post

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