C Spire will intro IPTV service without a box | GOP lawmakers want FCC to put brakes on data services deregulation | LPTV coalition calls for repack legal resistance
April 20, 2017
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C Spire will intro IPTV service without a box
C Spire is close to completing beta tests on an IPTV service that's powered by apps and eliminates the need for a set-top box. C Spire TV will launch in the carrier's Mississippi footprint to homes that have access to C Spire's gigabit broadband service.
Multichannel News (4/18) 
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Advocacy Spotlight
GOP lawmakers want FCC to put brakes on data services deregulation
Three Republican lawmakers from Arkansas -- Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton and Rep. French Hill -- have written to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to slow his deregulation of business data services.
The Hill (4/18) 
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Carrier Watch
T-Mobile eyes 2017 deployment of 600 MHz spectrum
T-Mobile US on Monday issued a bullish assessment of its ability to deploy the 600 MHz spectrum it won as the largest spender in the recent federal auction, saying it expects to gain access to at least 10 MHz that will cover 1 million square miles. The carrier pointed to vendors predicting that they would be ready to support 600 MHz services this year.
RCR Wireless News (4/17) 
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SRT points to competition in selling its spectrum
SRT Communications has agreed to sell its spectrum to Verizon Wireless as it moves to exit the rural wireless sector, citing increased competition.
Telecompetitor.com (4/17) 
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Technology and Trends
Facebook's Zuckerberg talks AI
Facebook sees AI in its future
Zuckerberg (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced at the company's annual F8 conference that Facebook is the perfect place for experimenting with augmented reality. "Even if we were a little slow to add cameras to all our apps, I'm confident that now we're going to push this augmented reality platform forward," Zuckerberg said.
Reuters (4/19) 
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Report says Apple has plans for new iPhone 8 model
Apple plans to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its iPhone with three new models, including one that will feature an updated design and advanced camera, Bloomberg reports. One of the new models, which Bloomberg reported could be called the iPhone 8, will come with a screen that nearly covers the device and will have a display that runs on organic light-emitting diode technology.
Fortune (4/18) 
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Hospitals catch the mobile device wave
Hospitals are catching up to the bring-your-own-device wave, with nearly two-thirds having developed a formal mobile strategy, compared with 34% in 2012, reports health care communications firm Spok. The company suggests that hospitals have realized that many of their medical professionals are using their own mobile devices on the job.
CIO.com (4/19) 
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CCA News
FCC should auction FiberTower's terminated licenses
Late last week, CCA encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to promptly auction FiberTower's 650 terminated licenses rather than transferring the licenses to one of the largest national carriers. FiberTower's licenses were terminated by law, and every carrier should be allowed to bid on this valuable resource for the benefit of consumers, competition and the US economy. Read more.
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