Raycom buys PureCars; Fox to offer Republican debates outside of bundles

More cable news from across the Web:

> Comcast is facing opposition to its new franchise deal in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Business Journal article

> Walmart is sending $12 coupons to Netflix customers as part of a DVD rental settlement. Variety article

> According to new figures from TiVo, 99 percent of TV watchers admit to multitasking while they watch TV. Advanced Television article

> Raycom Media said it acquired PureCars for $125 million, a company that offers a digital advertising platform for the automotive industry. TVTechnology article

> FOX Business Network (FBN) said it teamed with cable and satellite providers nationwide to make the upcoming Republican presidential debates available to all their subscribers. Release

Telecom News

> Bell Canada has extended the reach of its 1 Gbps FTTH service Gigabit Fiber to over 2 million homes across Quebec, Ontario, and the Atlantic region of Canada, with plans to extend it to a total of 2.2 million homes by the end of the year. Article

> Rumors may be swirling that Verizon is going to sell its wireline network assets, but a new Barclays report suggests that the service provider will not do so as the facilities are a key enabler for its wireless services. Article

Wireless News

> A state judge in Massachusetts delayed Sprint's plans to shut down Clearwire's legacy mobile WiMAX network in 75 cities across the country by 90 days. In doing so, the judge sided with two nonprofits that had sued the carrier, alleging that Sprint violated their contract by pushing them to accept LTE service that would have throttled their customers' speeds after 6 GB of data usage. Article

> Next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum might attract bids from companies that are not wireless carriers, including Comcast, Charter Communications, Dish Network and Google, financial and industry analysts said. However, the analysts also said that even if these wild card players do win spectrum, they likely will not be looking to build out wireless networks of their own. Article

And finally… Google wants to test a secret airborne technology in New Mexico. Article

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