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Broadband and High-speed Internet Access in the Fourth District

Location:
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, 1455 E 6th St, Cleveland, OH, 44114, United States
Recommendation:
3

Broadband Internet service is now considered by many to be a new form of infrastructure, and Federal regulators confirmed the importance of broadband access to rural communities in their recently updated guidance for the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).

CenturyLink says E-Rate funding should not be used to fund residential broadband

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink says a request from a consortium of parties, including Microsoft, to extend E-Rate services to rural students' homes is not in line with the way the statute was written.

Telecom Industry Sees Relief in Trump Policy Agenda

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The telecommunications industry is embracing the idea of a Trump administration.

Sens Propose TV Station Relocation Fund

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

The National Association of Broadcasters is praising a bipartisan effort by a handful of senators to make sure there is enough money to cover the costs of TV station moves after the spectrum auction and that stations can't be forced to meet a moving deadline for reasons beyond their control.

Jessell Alert: Spectrum Auction Terribly Sick

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
3

A year ago, the Federal Communications Commission teased broadcasters with prospective incentive auction opening bids for TV stations ranging from $900 million to $1.2 million. Now, going into Stage 4, with the money broadcasters want and what wireless carriers are willing to pay far, far apart, there's a possibility the whole enterprise may come to naught.

Chairman-elect Walden Names Senior Staff for House Commerce Committee

Location:
House Commerce Committee, Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, Washington, DC, 20003, United States
Recommendation:
3

House Commerce Committee Chairman-elect Greg Walden (R-OR) announced that Mike Bloomquist, Karen Christian, Peter Kielty, and Paul Edattel will continue to serve the committee.

Google Makes So Much Money, It Never Had to Worry About Financial Discipline—Until Now

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

Critics, including more than a dozen former top Google executives who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they signed nondisclosure agreements, describe a company having trouble balancing innovation and its core business, search advertising.

Obama Orders Intelligence Report on Russian Election Hacking

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
3

President Barack Obama has ordered American intelligence agencies to produce a full report on Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. He also directed them to develop a list of “lessons learned” from the broad campaign the United States has accused Russia of carrying out to steal e-mails, publish their contents and probe the vote-counting system.

21st Century Fox In Talks to Buy Rest of UK’s Sky

Location:
Sky Plc, London, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
3

21st Century Fox Inc is in late-stage discussions to buy the rest of Sky PLC, the UK’s market-leading pay-TV provider, as Fox again tries to consolidate its holdings years after its previous attempt was thwarted by a phone-hacking scandal.

FCC Speeds Reverse Auction for Stage Four on Dec 13

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission is hoping the fourth time is the charm. The commission said that it will start stage four of the reverse portion of the broadcast incentive auction Dec 13, as planned, and when it is done that spectrum will be uniform across all markets and totally unimpaired.

Calls on an airplane? Rule change may allow them, despite skepticism from airlines, flight attendents

Location:
Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE, Washington, DC, 20590, United States
Recommendation:
3

If airlines allow passengers to make in-flight cellphone calls, the carrier must notify passengers in advance, under a rule proposed by the US Department of Transportation.

FTC Issues FY 2016 National Do Not Call Registry Data Book

Location:
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Trade Commission issued the National Do Not Call Registry Data Book for Fiscal Year 2016.

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