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Jay Carney to Join CNN as Political Commentator (FishbowlDC)
Former White House press secretary Jay Carney has joined CNN as a political commentator Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced Wednesday. His first assignment was on the network’s coverage pertaining to President Barack Obama’s remarks on ISIS. TVNewser “I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” said Carney. “Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” said Feist. THR / The Live Feed Carney, who served as Time magazine’s Washington bureau chief before departing to the White House, resigned from his administration role on May 30. Within days, speculation swirled about which media role he would pursue — a book and a cable news job were both mentioned. On June 18, less than a month after leaving the White House, The Washington Post reported that CNN already had made “a fine offer” to Carney for a network role. Mediaite Carney’s new employer hardly comes as a surprise, as many expected him to join one of the three major cable networks after he stepped down from the podium in June — though his name was also bandied about for a position at Apple or a startup. Politico Carney said when he left the White House in May that he’d maintain a public presence in the media. He also signed with the Washington Speakers Bureau. Carney joins a long line of former White House press secretaries making the jump to cable: Robert Gibbs joined CNBC after leaving the White House, Dana Perino is currently a host on Fox News, and George Stephanopoulos is now an ABC News anchor.

Viacom Announces Distribution Deal With Sony’s Cloud-Based TV Service (THR)
Viacom has agreed to provide 22 of its networks for Sony’s upcoming cloud-based TV service, it was announced Wednesday. The deal is the first time Viacom has agreed to provide its networks for an Internet-based live TV and video-on-demand service. Variety The announcement comes a year after word of a tentative pact between the two first leaked out. Sony said its cloud-based TV service will offer subscribers Internet-based live TV and video on demand from Viacom — as well as other unspecified programmers. GigaOM The deal will include networks like MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, VH1 and Spike, but also lesser-known networks like VH1 Soul, BET Gospel and Palladia. It will also give Sony TV subscribers access to Viacom’s TV Everywhere apps and video-on-demand services. NYT Scheduled to start later this year, the service is expected to bring live TV and on-demand programming to Sony’s network of 75 million Internet-enabled Sony devices in the United States, including PlayStation game consoles and Web-connected televisions. Sony declined to reveal other details about what the subscription-based service would look like, which networks would be available and how much it would cost. One television executive estimated the price for the Sony service at about $15 to $30 a month.

Wednesday’s Internet ‘Slowdown’ Is Fake, But Your Impact Is Real (SocialTimes)
In a protest nicknamed The Battle for the Net, Internet action groups like Fight for the Future and over 40 websites, including Netflix, Kickstarter and Reddit, displayed loading icons as part of an Internet Slowdown Day to support net neutrality. Lost Remote It’s hard to get people to pay attention to how and why to defend net neutrality, but that buffering, spinning wheel is infuriating — even when it’s fake. Instead of technical jargon, Netflix’s widget speaks plain English: “If there were Internet slow lanes, you’d still be waiting.” Variety The FCC said that total public comments on the issue reached a record 1,477,301 Wednesday. That figure is greater than the previous record, the 1.4 million comments that flooded into the FCC following Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” at the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. CBS News The FCC set rules to preserve open access to the Internet, but has not yet made a final ruling on net neutrality. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed banning Internet providers from slowing down specific websites, but his proposed rules would not ban special high speed “toll” lanes set aside for companies willing to pay for them.