The Justice Department in a court filing Wednesday pushed for an expedited appeal of the court's ruling on AT&T's planned acquisition of Time Warner. The DOJ requests that briefs be completed by mid-October, with oral arguments to come "as soon as practicable."
Cable and satellite operators are exploring and engaging in internet of things opportunities despite challenges such as a lack of spectrum and licensed wireless networks, per a GlobalData report. "It is still early days for these alternative IoT providers, but it looks like they will ultimately be able to partake in what we eventually expect will be a 'massive' opportunity for connecting devices, products and services," says GlobalData technology analyst Kathryn Weldon.
C-Spire fired up a fixed wireless broadband service in a few of its Mississippi markets last weekend, terming it a "5G" service that reaches speeds of 120 megabits per second for $50 per month. The regional telecom said it has deployed "proprietary equipment" rather than waiting for the 3GPP-based standard other telecoms plan to use.
Amazon on Wednesday sought to dispel reports that its Amazon Web Services plans to introduce white-box switches to compete against Cisco Systems after a story to that effect spooked investors in Cisco and other major networking firms. The ecommerce giant declined to say if it was producing gear for in-house use.
Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, have introduced the Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act, which aims to improve the national emergency alert system. The National Association of Broadcasters' Dennis Wharton applauded the move and said the association will work with legislators to make emergency alerts more reliable and accurate.
The Federal Communications Commission will testify before the House Communications Subcommittee during an oversight hearing Wednesday. The Sinclair-Tribune merger, national security and 5G technology are among the items expected to be discussed.
More than 25% of Americans listen to terrestrial radio multiple times per day, while just 15% tune in online, per a Kantar Media survey. Consumers are also more positive toward advertising on traditional media outlets such as radio, with Vice President of Marketing Communications Elaine Chen explaining, "Concerns about intrusive, repetitive and irrelevant ads appear to be driving some dissatisfaction with digital advertising."
As smart speakers become more mainstream, the number of listeners using them as their primary source of audio is on the rise, per The Smart Audio Report from NPR and Edison Research. One-quarter of early adopters of smart speakers report that it's their No. 1 source for listening.
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., is vocalizing his support for a resolution under the Congressional Review Act that would undo the repeal of net neutrality regulations, becoming the first Republican to back the measure. Coffman says that while he would prefer a legislative solution, "the CRA is better than nothing."
Cybersecurity incidents in the first quarter of the year were up 32% from the same period last year, a Positive Technologies report states. The report also states that malware attacks were up 75% from last year, while data theft rose 13%.