News of Note—Comcast, GCI, Elemental, the NFL

news of note

> Comcast has laid off 200 employees at its facility in Oak Brook, Illinois, and says it has consolidated the jobs with other Chicago-area sales operations. Chicago Tribune article

> GCI is looking to run fiber to the major fishing port city of Unalaska. Juneau Empire article

> Elemental Technologies founder and CEO Sam Blackman has died at the age of 41. The Oregonian article

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> As the NFL season prepares to kick off, Kantar Media chief research officer Jon Swallen is expecting another banner year in terms of TV ad revenue despite last year's ratings declines in prime time and lingering concerns about everything from oversaturation to player conduct and concussions. FierceBroadcasting article

> Notoriously eager to goose iTunes sales by keeping prices on content low, Apple is reportedly pushing hard on movie studios to price 4K films at $19.99 a unit. FierceOnlineVideo article