Viacom’s Sumner Redstone told shareholders there should be a decision by the end of June on whether to split into 2 companies. A separation could occur in the early part of ’06. The split would separate MTV, Paramount Pictures from CBS and Infinity Broadcasting. — Overbuilder Knology closed a previously announced $9.2mln convertible preferred private equity deal. It made an issue to new and certain existing shareholders, an aggregate of 920K shares of Series AA preferred stock at a purchase price of $10/share. Proceeds will pay down debt and be used for general expenses. — Fulcrum raised its ’05 earnings/share estimate for Disney to $1.30 from $1.24, and its ’06 estimate to $1.45 from $1.40. Fulcrum cited the ratings turnaround at ABC and the continued success of ESPN. — Viacom declared a quarterly cash dividend of 7 cents/share on Class A and Class B shares, payable July 1.

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AT&T, Others Take on FCC Over Opening of 6GHz Band

AT&T , utility providers and others took on the FCC Friday at the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals over the Commission’s unanimous decision in 2020 to open the 6GHz band for unlicensed users.

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