Categories: Bellino News 17Apr House reacts to Governor’s latest position on Line 5: Stop partisan gamble on our Great Lakes Michigan House Republicans today responded to news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has taken an about-face on rebuilding Line 5 and is now open to building a multi-use utility tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house the energy pipeline.“It seems the governor knows good policy when she sees it but has been too busy placating her political base to do the right thing—until now,” said Majority Floor Leader Triston Cole, of Mancelona. “By stopping Line 5 reconstruction in the first place, the governor created a false crisis, which wasted valuable time and money spent planning for the project and delayed crucial energy rate relief for northern Michigan families.”House Republicans worked with the Snyder Administration on a solution to replace the aging Line 5 pipeline beginning in 2017. After thorough study, it was determined that building a tunnel 100 feet beneath the floor of Lake Michigan would be the safest option for transporting energy between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, as compared to other available options like rail transport or trucking.“I’m glad the governor has finally joined the Legislature at the table on this important issue,” said Rep. Joe Bellino, chair of the House Energy Committee. “Placing a new Line 5 in a tunnel 100 feet into the bedrock beneath Lake Michigan’s floor is the best solution available for keeping our Great Lakes safe from contamination and delivering reliable energy to Michigan residents, especially those in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. We need to set aside the partisan political games for good and get down to the important work of moving forward with this critical energy infrastructure project. Wasting years and millions of dollars on litigation will only extend the time that the aging, obsolete Line 5 sits on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.”The new tunnel would also pave the way for improved, cheaper delivery of propane, broadband and electricity to the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan, where energy rates continue to climb.“The governor knew all along that housing Line 5 in a multiuse utility tunnel deep beneath the floor of the Straits of Mackinac was the best and safest option for Michigan but could not bring herself to cooperate with Republican-backed policy,” said Rep. Beau LaFave, who, last week, introduced a resolution calling on the governor to move forward with the Line 5 project. “I’m glad the governor has finally gotten on board with a common-sense solution, but Michigan families need to know her commitment to dialogue goes deeper than political ties. She’s put the safety of hundreds of thousands of U.P. residents at risk for what amounts to a three week-long political stunt to curry favor with the extreme left-wing base of her party.”
French cable operator Numericable-SFR has hailed a “return to growth” in the first quarter, driven by a 6.7% in its very high-speed broadband base to 1.595 million. The operator also set ambitious targets for fibre and 4G growth. Numericable-SFR’s ADSL base declined by 4% to 4.925 million in the year to March. The group’s total fixed line base numbered 6.52 million customers. The group added 48,000 fibre customers in the first quarter, compared with 68,000 for the whole of 2014, as it migrated SFR subscribers to the Numericable fibre network.The group said it would connect 7.7 million homes to its fibre network by the end of this year, rising to 15 million by 2020.Regarding the 4G network, Numericable-SFR said it would cover 70% of the population by the end of 2015, 90% by end 2017 and 99% by end 2020.Numericable-SFR said its ADSL customer base will continue to recede in 2015, as customers migrate to the high-speed network. Fixed line ARPU was up slightly – by 0.9% – at the end of March, reaching €34.30.The group’s residential mobile base declined by 5.7% to 15.816 million, largely due to losses in the prepaid segment. Overall mobile customers, including business customers, numbered 22.494 million, down 2.5%. Numericable-SFR said its mobile post-paid ARPU stabilized in the first quarter, declining slightly quarter-on-quarter to €25.50.Numericable-SFR posted revenue of €2.74 billion, down by 4.6% compared to Q1 2014, which it said was due to the decline in mobile revenue. However, adjusted EBITDA, which amounted to €930 million, was up by 21%, compared to Q1 2014.Numericable-SFR’s majority owner Altice meanwhile reported reveues of €3.263 billion for the quarter, down 3.3% or 4.5% on a constant currency basis. The group posted EBITDA of €1.177 billion, up 20% or 18% on a constant currency basis.“Q1 2015 was a strong quarter for the Altice Group, with 20% growth in our adjusted EBITDA and 12% growth in our operating free cash flow. We are particularly pleased with the strong start to the synergies realisation plan in France and are confident that our strategy based on higher value generation through focus on quadruple play and use of our clear fibre advantage will continue to deliver results. We began the year strongly, both operationally and financially, and will continue to drive margin expansion and cash flow growth across all of our operations in 2015,” said Altice CEO Dexter Goei.
UK pay TV provider Sky is to launch a dedicated kids app next year and will appoint a head of kids content.Sky has tapped design group ustwo, the outfit behind Monument Valley, to design the app, which is expected to launch in early 2016.Aimed at children aged 4-9 years, the app will bring together age-appropriate shows available on Sky, from the likes of Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon.The app will include options for parents to filter what their child views, and the ability to limit usage including a ‘bedtime’ setting as well as the ability to understand what their child has been watching.Sky said it had started the recruitment process for a dedicated head of kids content.The announcement comes as Sky launched a new advertising campaign aimed at kids, featuring characters including Peppa Pig and Captain Barnacles from The Octonauts working together to add a new dedicated kids section to the Sky+ home page. The new section provides a view of all the kids shows and movies available on demand, all kids TV recordings, plus a quick view of what’s on now on linear channels like CBeebies and Nick Jr.Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Sky said: “We want kids to have access to all their favourite shows when and on whatever device they want, in a way that parents know is creative, engaging but ultimately, safe. Sky has always focused on providing great entertainment for the whole family which is why we are continuing to invest in what we offer the youngest members of the household.”
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