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11/21/2017

Microsoft has deployed TV white spaces technology to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, helping some sites regain communications links after storms destroyed broadband and cellular infrastructure. In Puerto Rico's Utuado, Microsoft and its partners used TV white spaces to hook up a food distribution site, health clinic and university.

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Telecompetitor
11/21/2017

The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block an $85.4 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner. AT&T's general counsel, David McAtee, called the move a "radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent."

11/21/2017

More than 60% of US TV sports viewers are reluctant to pay for a livestreaming service because of latency, buffering and other service issues, reveals a survey from streaming provider Phenix and research firm YouGov. Seventy-two percent of respondents said they expected a delay between the live TV broadcast and the stream.

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Broadband TV News
11/21/2017

AT&T has come up with the concept of the Open Architecture for a Disaggregated Network Operating System, or dNOS, to go with white-box routers and other hardware. The concept could apply competitive pressure to vendors in the space, including Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks.

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SDxCentral
11/21/2017

The occurrence of a cyberattack is "no longer a matter of if, but when," Adam Moseley of Charles Schwab said at the Schwab IMPACT conference. Advisors need to educate their employees to use caution when opening links and attachments in emails, and the use of lengthy, unique passwords along with two-factor authentication is crucial, Moseley said.

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CNBC
11/20/2017

"Saturday Night Live" called out Sen. Al Franken for a sexual misconduct accusation during its "Weekend Update" sketch. Franken was formerly a writer and performer on the NBC series.

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CNN
11/20/2017

Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis passed away Sunday at age 85. Tillis, whose death was attributed to an illness, was a singer, actor and songwriter who crafted songs for many music legends, including Patsy Cline and Kenny Rogers.

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Billboard
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11/20/2017

The New York City Economic Development Corp. put out a request for proposals on its Cyber NYC plan, which includes establishment of a Cyber Center and an Applied Learning Initiative for training students in cybersecurity measures. The city government has also issued a request for information on the feasibility of extending gigabit broadband access to all businesses and residents by 2025.

11/20/2017

CBS is the "underdog" against companies such as Comcast, Disney and Netflix, CBS CEO Les Moonves said in an interview Thursday. To remain competitive, the company will likely need to partner with content and distribution companies, Moonves said.

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CNBC, FierceCable
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11/20/2017

Last week, NCTA-The Internet & Television Association applauded the Senate Finance Committee's approval of a tax bill and the National Association of Broadcasters voiced approval of the House's passage of a similar bill. Both bills lower the corporate tax rate and retain the deduction for advertising.

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Broadcasting & Cable