Harry Reid joins Senators concerned about New Charter; spring training not thawing Comcast-YES chill

More cable news from across the Web:

> Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has joined a list of Senatorial colleagues expressing concern over Charter Communciations' attempted buyouts of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Multichannel News story

> Benjamin Conroy, a key force behind the building of Denver's Cable Center, has died at the age of 92. Multichannel News story

> Comcast and regional sports network YES appear no closer to renewing their carriage deal, despite the fact that the channel's main programming source, the New York Yankees, begins spring training on Wednesday. New York Post story

> Microsoft has filed suit against an individual Comcast broadband customer for digital piracy. TorrentFreak story

Telecom News

> Birch Communications is looking to help its carrier and enterprise customers manage their service connections in real-time by introducing the Service Alert Monitor (SAM), a new tool it says will proactively monitor, detect and alerts customers to any service interruption. Article

> Southern Telecom is on the network expansion trail again, announcing an agreement with Georgia Transmission Corp. to build a 75-mile dark fiber route between Winder and Hartwell, Ga. Article

Wireless News

> Samsung Pay has grown faster than Apple Pay since its U.S. launch in September, according to Bloomberg. But mobile payments are still a very long way from seeing mass-market traction. Article

> A top AT&T network executive said the company is currently testing LTE-U technology to see if it can ensure that there is fair-use sharing with Wi-Fi. However, he added that he believes that in the long run Licensed-Assisted Access, or LAA, which ensures listen-before-talk capability, will be the best option for transmitting LTE signals in unlicensed spectrum. Article

And finally… NBCUniversal has made its Seeso SVOD platform playable on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. Variety story

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