FCC says rural areas lack broadband; Cox wins TV station appeal

Cable industry news from across the Web:

> Two weeks after Chairman Julius Genachowski used The Cable Show as a bully pulpit to proclaim, "the fact that we have a cable infrastructure that reaches 93 percent of the country and that infrastructure is almost entirely used for broadband is an extraordinary thing," the FCC has joined the Department of Agriculture in issuing a report that says more than 28 percent of the U.S. rural population lacks access to midrange 2 Mbps broadband service. Story

> Cox Communications can go ahead and drop WPGA-TV from its channel lineup at the end of July, a Georgia Court of Appeals says. Story

> CommScope, which once billed itself as the cable in cable, plans to purchase antenna solutions provider Argus Technology "strengthening its portfolio of high-performance antennas for wireless applications." Story

> Knology has begun offering a range of data tiers for SMBs in Columbus, Ga. Story

And finally ... EchoStar Corp. has hired Anders Johnson as its new president of satellite services, reporting to President-CEO Michael Dugan. Story

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