Genachowski defends FCC progress; former Fox boss Chernin warns 'traditional' media

> FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is getting tired of hearing complaints his agency has been spinning its wheels for two years. "I think we've gotten a lot done and I think we have a lot more to do and we will for a long time because this is as important a set of international competitive issues as anything else," he said during an interview conducted at the Web 2.0 Summit, calling spadework like tower sitting and pole attachment rights of way rulings "the blood and guts of making sure we can drive as much investment as fast as possible in our networks." Story.

> Former News Corp. (Nasdaq: NWSA) President Peter Chernin, meanwhile, used the Web 2.0 Summit to warn "traditional media" (no doubt including his former network bosses) to watch out for the new wave of companies coming into the traditional cable model space and, even more forebodingly, not to focus strictly on the obvious players like Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) because Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), TV makers Samsung and Sony and even Amazon and Netflix are sitting in the wings waiting to make their moves. Story.

> Speaking of new-age models, the cable industry's great hope for interactive advertising, Canoe Ventures, has issued an open call for companies to participate in its Collaborative Information Program to look into market and business opportunities for interactive television. News release.

> The link between the Web and the television should be getting easier, but that's not necessarily the case with the industry's darling, Google TV, which, a New York Times story scathingly states "may be interesting to technophiles, but it's not for average people. On the great timeline of television history, Google TV takes an enormous step in the wrong direction: toward complexity." Story.

And finally... who could resist this one? HOT has gone cold with its cable subscribers. The Israeli triple play provider said it lost 3,000 cable TV subscribers but gained 12,000 Internet subscribers and 10,000 telephony subscribers in the third quarter. In case you thought this kind of thing was only happening in the U.S. Story.

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