M-Lab: AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, TWC, Verizon customers seeing slowing speeds; Cox boosts Internet speeds in Arizona

More cable news from across the Web:

> According to new data from M-Lab, customers of AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon all experienced degraded Internet access during the first half of the year. DSLreports article

> AT&T's 1 Gbps U-verse service is now available in Chicago. CED article

> VOD network Kabillion inked a deal with Canoe for dynamically inserted advertising. Release

> Discovery Channel and Eurosport scored the rights to all TV and multi-platform content for the Olympic Games, both winter and summer, from 2018 to2024. Deadline article

> Cox Communications boosted its Internet speeds in Arizona from 150 Mbps to 300 Mbps. Release

> ESPN's live coverage of the 2015 NBA Draft drew 3.7 million viewers, up 8 percent from last year, for a record for the company. Multichannel News article

Telecom News

> AT&T overcame another hurdle in its ongoing wireline union negotiation process as the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union has voted to ratify a three-year agreement covering 12,000 employees in the Midwest. Article

Wireless Tech News

> In case there was any doubt, executives at in-flight connectivity provider Gogo made it clear during their analyst day that the design of their antenna makes a big difference in how the company will serve the aviation industry now and into the future. Article

> Two Apple patent applications were published last week that demonstrate Apple's ongoing interest in mobile device location sharing, including one that details a new form of indoor request-and-answer location notifications reliant on node-based triangulation, according to AppleInsider. Article

European Wireless News

> SK Telecom and Nokia Networks opened a 5G research and development center at the Finnish equipment manufacturer's South Korean office. Article

Wireless News

> Sprint paid CEO Marcelo Claure nearly $21.8 million in total compensation for its fiscal year 2014, which ran until the end of March 2015, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Article

> Apple has started early production of new iPhone models with its "Force Touch" feature, which can sense how hard users are pressing down on a screen, according to a Bloomberg report. Article

And finally… A new patent could indicate that Apple will support digital sharing through hugging. Article