AT&T, Time Warner execs: Merger would keep companies competitive | Verizon exec: End-to-end solutions lag on automation issues | TDS expects BDS lift under latest A-CAM proposal
April 19, 2018
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AT&T, Time Warner execs: Merger would keep companies competitive
AT&T, Time Warner execs: Merger would keep companies competitive
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Executives from AT&T and Time Warner testified Wednesday that the companies need to merge to keep up with tech giants such as Facebook and Google. AT&T's data capabilities would help Time Warner better serve consumers, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said.
Deadline Hollywood (4/18),  Deadline Hollywood (4/18),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (4/18),  CNN (4/18) 
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Verizon exec: End-to-end solutions lag on automation issues
Providing a full array of scalable networking services to enterprises has proved difficult because of delays in interoperability testing and a lack of consistency in automating network functions, Verizon's Vickie Lonker said.
Light Reading (4/18) 
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TDS expects BDS lift under latest A-CAM proposal
TDS Telecom hailed the Federal Communications Commission's new plan for the Alternative-Connect America Cost Model, saying it would boost the rural provider's ability to provide business data services.
FierceTelecom (4/18) 
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USTelecom testifies before Senate on robocalls
USTelecom's Vice President of Law & Policy, Kevin Rupy, testified before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation this week on the issue of robocalls. During his testimony, Rupy emphasized the increasing number of tools available to consumers to label and block robocalls, including many deployed by USTelecom's member companies.
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Best Buy teams up with Amazon to sell smart TVs
Best Buy will team up with Amazon this summer to sell 10 models of Fire TV Edition smart TVs from Toshiba and Insignia through its stores and website. The models can also be purchased through Amazon's website, where Best Buy will be listed as a third-party seller for the first time.
Telecompetitor (4/18) 
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FuboTV raises $75M in latest funding round
FuboTV has announced that it has raised $75 million in Series D funding. Investors in the latest funding round include Discovery, 21st Century Fox and AMC Networks.
TechCrunch (4/18),  Recode (4/18) 
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Technology Trends
Experts offer advice on building in security during development
Experts offer advice on building in security during development
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Tech experts open up with 15 tips for building in cybersecurity during the development process. Tips include incorporating threat modeling, knowing where to devote time and resources, and fostering a culture of cybersecurity throughout the company.
Forbes (4/18) 
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House panel approves bills to secure energy infrastructure
A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Wednesday approved four bills designed to secure energy infrastructure from cyberattacks. The bills would create new programs to protect electric grids and pipelines and would enhance the Department of Energy's cybersecurity focus.
The Hill (4/18) 
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