Frontier debuts 'Vantage' triple-play brand; House Dems back New Charter as shot clock ends

More cable news from across the Web:

> The FCC's review of Charter Communications' proposed mergers with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks reaches the end of its 180-day "shot clock" today. The Hill story

> House Democrats Marc Veasey (D-Texas), Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio), Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) and Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) told attorney general Loretta Lynch and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler they should consider the "significant" commitments Charter has made in its quest to have its mergers approved. Broadcasting & Cable story

> TWC has enabled 300 Mbps broadband speeds in San Diego as part of its Maxx rollout. Broadband Technology Report story

> Parks & Associates says TV Everywhere use nearly doubled to 40 percent last year. Press release

> New York State Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) will introduce a resolution urging Comcast to settle its carriage dispute with Fox-owned RSN the Yes Network. Asbury Park Press story

> A federal judge in Las Vegas ruled that Charlie Ergen can keep the 1.5 million shares in EchoStar he was awarded in 2012. Courthouse News story

> Arris says that China's Chongqing Cable has deployed its ServAssure platform to upgrade its network management capabilities. CED Magazine story

> Data analytics vendor Guavas has named Roger Brooks its chief scientist. CED Magazine story

Telecom News

> AT&T and T-Mobile continued to be aggressive with advertising, accounting for more than 93.6 percent of the industry's digital response. However, U.S. Cellular appears to be making a comeback on the wireless ad front. The wireless operator's ad with NBA star Russell Westbrook generated nearly 700,000 online views and more than 3,000 searches. Article

> Frontier has unveiled a new brand called Vantage that encompasses its suite of HD TV, broadband and VoIP services on the eve of ramping up its FTTH and IPTV footprints. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Satellite Industry Association (SIA)  representatives met with FCC staff on Feb. 29 to discuss the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, and at the meeting, the FCC asked for additional information on four different topics, one of which is how many individually licensed earth stations are expected for current and future satellites. Article

> Appearing before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology this week, FCC Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Michael O'Rielly stuck to their upper 5 GHz guns and continued to call for increasing efforts to open up the 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed use. Article

Wireless News

> Pebble is reportedly laying off roughly 25 percent of its workforce, in the latest signal that the smartwatch industry has yet to take off. Article

> Mobile spam remains a serious problem, AT&T told the FCC in a lengthy report, due primarily to the emergence of OTT messaging providers such as Twilio, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Article

And finally… Nielsen says it will start sharing information about viewing on connected devices like Roku and Apple TV. Adweek story

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