Hail! Hail! Rock 'n Roll!

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R.I.P. Chuck Berry.  R.I.P. rock 'n roll?  Of course not ... not when Alexa, Google, Siri and soon Bixby are in the house. And just imagine how you will be able to listen and play when Apple's augmented reality device hits!

In the meantime, you can get out all of your old vinyl (you did keep a few albums, didn't you?) and spin some old-time rock "in the still of the night" while hoping to "bop all night long." Or a cassette tape. Or an 8-track! At least a CD or six. Go to iTunes right now and download anything recorded in the '50s on Sun or Chess records … or Buddy Holly or the Big Bopper or Ike & Tina or anything recorded before 1960 and FM radio navel gazing.

When it comes to media, music is the best. And when it came to writing about teenage desires, Berry was the best. Even if no Millennial or Gen Z or whatever knows anything about "long distance information, get me Memphis, Tennessee … "

If you're like me and were once in a band, you should check out Sun Records on CMT. It's a scripted drama series about the million dollar band -- you know, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley -- written from the point of view of Sam Phillips and featuring Colonel Tom Parker, Eddy Arnold, Jimmy Swaggart and more. Very entertaining.

Listen to the guys still around like Jerry Lee and Little Richard. That will be a very nice break from Trumpcare, Russiagate and the great "wiretapping" controversies.

Random Notes

Congrats to new Comcast Cable CEO Dave Watson … long-time guy making good and a very good choice.

FTTH (Fiber to the House) is now Fiber Broadband Association. What will happen to FTTC (Fiber to the Curb)?

Will the Federal Confusion Commission ever get two more members?

Did you notice that Fortune's 100 Best Companies to work for only included one company on the conduit side of the media/telecom eco-system? It is AT&T. On the content side (widely defined) only Google and Salesforce are listed. Tsk. Tsk.

House Republicans want to merge the FCC's rather strict overbearing regulations for ISPs, et al into the FTC's purview … while loosening restrictions. Do you think anyone in D.C. knows what they're doing these days?

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