Universal Electronics: We saved cable operators $15M; 57% of operators planning carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks

More cable news from across the Web:

> Around 57 percent of operators have "firm timelines" in place for the deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks, according to a new survey and report by Maravedis-Rethink carried out on behalf of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Article

> Universal Electronics, which provides universal remote control technologies and control interfaces, announced that its Technical Support Services Call Center has saved cable TV service providers over $15 million "by reducing the number of truck rolls by more than 300,000 (at an estimated savings of $50 per truck roll) and handling more than 30 million live and automated subscriber calls to date." Release

> The first season of Fear the Walking Dead racked up an average of 11.2 million viewers across six episodes, numbers that made the show's first season the most-watched of any show ever on U.S. cable. Advanced Television article

> Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), a new member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, said the FCC should halt its efforts to regulate the video market. Multichannel News article

> Disney inked a new agreement with Sky in the United Kingdom. Variety article

> A growing number of legislators are starting to push against FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's plans to remove exclusivity deals in the TV broadcasting market. Multichannel News article

Telecom News

> A bipartisan group of senators introduced a "Streamlining and Investing in Broadband Infrastructure Act" that will use a "dig once" policy to link broadband deployment to federal highway projects. According to a Federal Highway Administration estimate about 90 percent of the cost of deploying fiber comes from digging up and replacing roads. Article

> Windstream is going to take on Time Warner Cable by launching its Kinetic pay-TV service in Lexington, Ky., later this year. This will be the company's second market for its pay-TV service: it launched Kinetic in Lincoln, Neb., in April. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Representatives from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Single Points of Contact, or SPOC, group met near the organization's tech headquarters in Boulder, Colo., last week in a discussion that acting Chief Technology Officer Jeff Bratcher said focused on "education and understanding" in lieu of a final Request for Proposals. Article

European Wireless News

> Nokia and Ooredoo Group signed what the infrastructure vendor called a "major framework agreement" covering long-term network development in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. Article

> Vodafone extended its home broadband and voice service to the rest of the UK, making good on its promise to open up the service to all UK consumers in the autumn. Article

Wireless News

> Close to two weeks after Verizon's Go90 over-the-top mobile video application launched, its ranking and popularity in Apple's U.S. App Store has fallen while the app's standing in Google's Play Store has remained fairly consistent, according to app-tracking company App Annie. Article

> AT&T Mobility will wind up adding far fewer postpaid customers and yet far more prepaid subscribers in the third quarter than analysts at Wells Fargo initially thought. Article

And finally… The WSJ looks into the new cyber arms race. Article (sub. req.)

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