Frontier settles West Virginia broadband dispute for $160M; Sling users say commercials are too loud

More cable news from across the Web:

> Frontier Communications has settled with the state of West Virginia for allegedly under-delivering on Internet service speeds. Exponent Telegram story

> Congress is considering an omnibus spending bill that would significantly weaken FCC regulation of so-called joint sales agreements between broadcasters. Wall Street Journal story

> About 31 percent of U.S. homes now have a streaming device in the living room, according to Parks Associates. Multichannel News story

> Dish has introduced a new feature in Dish Anywhere: "Kids' Profiles," which allow parents to build unique profiles for their children. Dish posting

> An ember from a chimney fire is believed to have started a blaze that burned down the Connecticut home of Time Warner Inc. Chairman Jeff Bewkes last week. New York Post story

> Seattle-based cloud virtualization start-up Pixvana has raised a $6 million seed round of financing from Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital and other investors. Variety story

Telecom News

> Driven by strong results from the largest Ethernet vendors -- Arista, Brocade, Cisco and Juniper -- Layer 2 and Layer 3 Ethernet switch sales surpassed $6 billion in the third quarter of 2015, said Dell'Oro Group in a new report. The research firm said that sales for these vendors reached an "all-time high." Article

Wireless News

> Samsung's upcoming lineup of flagship smartphones will include a pressure-sensitive display and a new, high-speed charging port, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Samsung is also considering adding a retina scanner to some versions of the phone, which will be branded the Galaxy S7. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Researchers at MIT's Fluid Interfaces Lab are trying to tie the Internet of Things objects together. The result of three years of research is the Reality Editor, an augmented reality app that links smart objects together. Article

> Nokia Networks may have products ready for the 3.5 GHz band by next year, but the certification process will determine when the products actually go to market. Article

And finally… Sling TV users have taken to social media to complain about loud TV commercials on channels including HGTV and ABC Family. Motherboard story

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