NBCU said revenues from upfront increases 2%; Obama's ConnectHome effort nets support from Cox, Suddenlink

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> NBCUniversal said its total TV upfront revenue from broadcast, cable and digital platforms increased 2 percent to $6 billion. MediaPost article

> Rovi's shares dropped after a court rules against the company in its patent-infringement battle with Netfilx. Multichannel News article

> Block Communications said it is setting up a central campus in Northwood, Ohio, that will house its Buckeye CableSystem and Telesystem operations. Toledo News article

> The White House announced the ConnectHome initiative that includes operators like Google Fiber, CenturyLink, Cox Communications, Suddenlink Communications and Vyve Broadband to provide Internet service to low-income Americans in 27 communities across the United States. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T says the FCC should deny Windstream's request to impose "interim" equivalently-priced IP special access service rates for Ethernet as legacy TDM services are phased out, because the market is highly competitive and the commission would have reverse a number of existing rules. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Just as Huawei touted its contributions to the European 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP) initiative, it announced a string of 4.5G and 5G-related achievements, including one in which it will deploy new services based on 4.5G for the Shanghai Disney Resort and China Unicom Shanghai. Article

> The white-hot market that is beacon technology got another boost this week when Google unveiled Eddystone, a new and open format for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons for anyone to use. Article

Wireless News

> Softbank made a big bet when it bought 80 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion in 2013 and a top executive at the Japanese operator said today that the company is poised to make a turnaround, led by CEO Marcelo Claure. Article

> The FCC is postponing its vote on rules for next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum until Aug. 6 after pressure from Congress to push back the vote that had been planned for the agency's July 16 meeting. Article

And finally… The new Tzoa tracker is a small, wearable device that can track air quality, light and UV ray exposure, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. Article

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