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

Suggested Articles

Blockgraph has partnered with TVSquared to provide omni-channel TV measurement and audience activation.

The CEOs of AT&T, Charter and Comcast this week presented varying visions for the future of pay TV at their respective companies.

Charter doesn’t think it needs its own video streaming box and believes its video app strategy and third-party agreements are enough.