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Viacom spent $890,000 lobbying US govt in 1Q

Viacom Inc., the owner of Paramount Pictures and the MTV and BET cable channels, spent $890,000 in the first quarter to lobby the federal government on multiple issues, including the ability to temporarily shut off analog ports on TVs to prevent customers from potentially pirating just-released movi Full story

FCC set to reconsider broadband regulations

Federal regulators are reconsidering the rules that govern high-speed Internet connections - wading into a bitter policy dispute that could be tied up in court for years. Full story

FCC votes to reconsider broadband regulations

Federal regulators are reconsidering the rules that govern high-speed Internet connections — wading into a bitter policy dispute that could be tied up in Congress and the courts for years. Full story

Liberty Global raises share buyback plan by $250M

Cable TV operator Liberty Global Inc. said Wednesday it boosted its stock buyback program by $250 million. Full story

List of top 15 cable shows in Nielsen ratings

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable networks as compiled by the Nielsen Co. for the week of June 7-13. Day and start time (EDT) are in parentheses: Full story

DirecTV to sell local ads for the first time

DirecTV Inc. is joining forces with a company owned by its cable rivals to sell local advertising spots coast-to-coast for the first time. Full story

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