Tom Wheeler

Netflix brings in Frank Miller drama

Netflix is set for a new drama series based on the book Cursed by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, which re-imagines the Arthurian legend. Based on the upcoming book of the same name, Cursed is told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful […]

Trump names net neutrality opponent as FCC chief

US President Donald Trump has named an outspoken critic of net neutrality as the chairman of US media and telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission. Ajit Pai has been an FCC commissioner since 2012, appointed by former president Barack Obama despite their differing views on how the internet should be regulated as a hat-tip to […]

Charter’s $78bn TWC takeover gets greenlight

One of US cable’s biggest-ever merger is set to go ahead after the antitrust regulators okayed Charter Communication’s US$78 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. The Department of Justice said it had permitted the deal, and Charter’s related US$10.4 billion acquisition of Bright House Networks from Advance/Newhouse Partnership, with conditions. Comcast was stopped from buying […]

Net neutrality ruling is SVOD victory

The US FCC has adopted strong net neutrality rules, going beyond goals set by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler last year and reclassifying broadband providers as telecommunication services. Under a new interpretation of Title II of the US Federal Communications Act, this effectively subjects them to stronger regulation than would otherwise be the case. This means […]

FCC weighs into Netflix-Verizon streaming row

US communications regulator the FCC is investigating who is at fault for the problems occurring with streaming Netflix content via some broadband operators, notably Verizon. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler issued a statement that read: “As the consumer’s representative we need to know what is going on. I have therefore directed the Commission staff to obtain […]