News of Note—Cox, Verizon, AT&T, Cogent and more

News of note

> Verizon is reportedly still at work on a streaming TV service to compete with the likes of DirecTV Now, YouTube TV and Hulu, and the company has a new strategy in mind for the launch. FierceVideo article

> Cox Communications has no timetable for when it will be able to restore cable, phone and internet service in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. Santa Barbara Noozhawk article

> The FCC has paused its review of Sinclair’s $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media as Sinclair ponders divestitures that would help it earn regulatory approval for the deal. FierceVideo article

Last year set the record for the most retrans-related blackouts with 217 program interruptions. Cablefax article

> Dave Schaeffer, CEO of Cogent, told investors during the during the 2018 Global TMT West Conference that SD-WAN vendors are incorporating new features that enable the solution to support higher speeds. FierceTelecom article

> AT&T’s decision to dump at least some of the 600 MHz spectrum it picked up during last year’s incentive auction doesn’t at all mean it overestimated the quality of those airwaves, according to Wells Fargo Securities. FierceWireless article

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