Malone says cable's 'pretty much a (broadband) monopoly'; Comcast's Roberts to receive "learning' honor

Cable industry news from across the Web:

@FierceCable RT @ZCorum: Rhode Island broadband expansion project to start soon. Story | Follow @FierceCable

> Liberty Media (Nasdaq: LCAPA) Chairman John Malone, never one to shy away from a controversial topic, has done it again, telling Wall Street analysts that "cable is pretty much a monopoly now" in broadband. Story.

> Hollywood mogul Steven Spielberg will present Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) mogul Brian Roberts with the Shoa Foundation's annual Ambassadors for Humanity Award for being a "longtime advocate of finding and developing innovate avenues to reach and educate young people." Story.

> The Comcast Media Center has opened a newly rebuilt origination and playout facility to handle In-Demand's live sports and pay-per-view content. News release.

> Sen. Jay Rockefeller wants things to get moving on spectrum auction/first responder bill that would, among other things, give the FCC the authority to pay broadcasters from auctions proceeds if they grab yet more spectrum. Story.

> The FCC is expected to consider expanding its outage reporting rules to coverĀ interconnected VoIP and broadband Internet access providers at its May 12 meeting. Story.

And finally ... perhaps it's an indication that cord cutting is a slow process, but a North Carolina firm, Mohu, is building and shipping 80 off-air antennas a day for those who want to watch "free," over-the-air TV. Story.

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