Franken: no net neutrality beats weak net neutrality; MPAA, IFTA befriend Viacom

@FierceCable RT @HilliconValley - As far as Sen. Al Franken is concerned, a weakened net neutrality bill is worthless and should be abandoned on the side of the road like an ant-filled picnic basket. In yet another tree-killing letter to the FCC, Franken argued that having no rules is better than having the ones that the Commission thinks might get approved. Story | Follow @FierceCable

> Viacom (NYSE: VIA) has picked up some high-powered support in its never-ending court battle with YouTube over copyright infringement. Both the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) filed friend of court briefs on behalf of the program supplier. Story.

> This headline alone should be enough to get some folks' blood boiling on this December Monday. "America's Fastest-Growing Cable Company, ivi TV, Adds Chicago Market." Fastest growing cable company? Oooooohhhhhh. News release.

> For those who've been scratching their heads to the point of bleeding over this, the Washington Post assures us that the future of online content is "at the heart" of the FCC's Comcast-NBCU review. And you thought what, that it was the threat of higher prices? Story.

> IPTV and OTT--perfect together. At least that's what IPTV apps provider Accedo Broadband and OTT video device builder Syabas think, so they've formed a partnership. Story.

And finally ... from the Old World comes news that the European Union's antitrust authorities have approved Tyco Electronics' (NYSE: TEL) ADC Telecommunications (Nasdaq: ADCT) acquisition. What a stocking stuffer for Tom Lynch. Story.