Net neutrality comments crash FCC site; Bright House carries EPIX channels

More cable industry news from around the Web:

> John Oliver's hilarious--and accurate--net neutrality rant on HBO was likely the cause of an FCC website crash, although Reddit appears to be in line for some credit as well. Story.

> Bright House Networks is now carrying EPIX, EPIX 2, EPIX 3 and EPIX Drive-In via TV and on-demand and with the promise of online access. Press release.

> The Ottawa County, Okla. Commission failed to approve a request to encroach on county right-of-way to lay fiber optic lines to carry high-speed Internet and phone service from Cable ONE after contractors began digging for the project without permission. Story.

> Freedom Energy Holdings subsidiary Launch TV Network will work with NetRange to distribute its service via the Web-based and device-based methods on Smart TV portals on TV sets, set-top boxes, Blu-Ray players, routers, HDMI dongles, handheld devices, and Smart Phones for a non-exclusive worldwide distribution. Press release.

> African American-focused Bounce TV said it racked up ratings and viewership gains in all key demographics across all day parts in the just-completed May ratings period. Press release.

> The number of cable subscribers in Hungary jumped from 975,574 to 979,776 and the number of FTTx users grew to 366,052 from 364,496 during April as the total number of fixed-line broadband subscriptions reached 2.346 million. Story.

> High television subscription fees could mean much of soccer-crazed Syria will be unable to watch the 2014 World Cup when it kicks off June 12 in Brazil. Story.

> EchoStar CEO Michael Dugan sold 60,000 shares of the company's stock for $3.063 million and now owns only 166 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $8,474. Story.

> AT&T Mobility forecast sharply higher postpaid subscriber additions for the second quarter than it had in the year-ago period, and also said it expects more customers than ever before to buy smartphones via its Next handset upgrade program. Full article.

And finally … RCN subscribers now have access to a TiVo's six-tuner entertainment system, including a whopping 1TB hard drive. Press release.

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