Franken calls FCC plan an 'affront to net neutrality'; BlackArrow works with Nielsen ODCR

More cable industry news from around the Web:

> U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota not unsurprisingly blasted a reported FCC proposal that creates Internet toll lanes as an "affront to net neutrality" that will "destroy" the open Internet in a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Story

> BlackArrow said it has a scalable solution to automate workflows and operations needed when implementing Nielsen's On-Demand Commercial Ratings (ODCR). Press release

> Pace said its Elements middleware platform is now available with full RDK compatibility. Press release

> Vyve Broadband has become the latest small market cable operator to drop Viacom's MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central because of annual programming fee increases. Story

> TiVo said it now has more than 4.5 million subs--including TiVo's retail TiVo-Owned and pay-TV subscriptions--surpassing the previous record of 4.45 million company hit in December of 2006. Press release

> Time Warner Cable Director Glenn Britt reaped about $4.208 million when he sold 30,000 shares of company stock at an average price of $140.28. Story

Telecom News

> Level 3's first-quarter 2014 earnings were driven again by Enterprise Core Network Services (CNS) revenue, which rose 11 percent year-over-year to $962 million. Full article

Online Video News

> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler took to the FCC website's blog Tuesday in a continued attempt to counter criticism of the commission's soon-to-be-released net neutrality revisions. Calling some industry analysts' and experts' commentary on the proposed changes "misinformed," Wheeler said the proposal was not a final decision, but instead a "formal request for input" on Open Internet rules. Full article

And finally … iTV-3 will use Entone's video networking technology to offer hybrid IPTV services as part of its Central Illinois FTTH network. Story