Bill that would repeal broadband privacy rules clears Senate | Windstream eyes Southern states with EarthLink on board | Bipartisan support grows for "dig once" fiber mandate
March 24, 2017
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Bill that would repeal broadband privacy rules clears Senate
The Senate has voted to scrap the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules, which require providers to gain consumer permission before selling consumer data to advertisers. "The FCC privacy rules are just another example of burdensome rules that hurt more than they help," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in regard to the repeal bill, which next goes to the House.
Reuters (3/23),  Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/23) 
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Windstream eyes Southern states with EarthLink on board
Windstream is touting its recent EarthLink acquisition as a way of expanding into new long-haul fiber routes across the South, especially in parts of Florida where the telecom lacked a presence. Senior Vice President Buddy Bayer also pointed to EarthLink's role in the continued development of Windstream's metro network.
FierceTelecom (3/23) 
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Bipartisan support grows for "dig once" fiber mandate
Republicans and Democrats are united in supporting a proposal that would direct contractors to build fiber conduits into federally funded highway projects, although there are no guarantees that such legislation will come to a vote this session. Supporters say the move would speed broadband expansion.
Ars Technica (3/22) 
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USTelecom Spotlight
FCC moves toward combating robocalls
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission took an important step toward combating robocalls. The agency's proposal will explore ways to make it easier for telecommunications carriers to block robocalls, including spoofed calls, which fake the caller ID number to hide a caller's real identity. "Customers are justifiably frustrated with annoying robocalls. Our members are waging a daily battle to stop scammers from using these calls to reach subscribers and this will be a valuable tool to protect our customers. Through the industry-led Robocall Strike Force, broadband providers are taking a holistic approach to this fight with assistance from a broad range of stakeholders," said USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter. Learn more.
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Tech companies scramble to scoop up NFL streaming rights
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Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Amazon have all submitted proposals to gain the rights to stream the NFL's Thursday night games, sources say. The NFL could make a decision on streaming rights as early as next month.
Recode (3/23) 
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FCC: Must-carry rules won't be applied in channel-sharing order
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to allow channel-sharing after the broadcast spectrum auction but altered the original draft to clarify that low-power television stations won't have to take on must-carry rules unless they did so before sharing. The order also allows LPTVs to share with other LPTVs and will extend terms through "second generation" sharing agreements.
Broadcasting & Cable (3/23),  RBR.com (3/23) 
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Technology Trends
Technology shifts lead to cybersecurity concerns
Emerging technologies present both business opportunities and cybersecurity threats as hackers gain additional avenues for their attacks, panelists said at a Senate committee hearing. Nate Fick, CEO of Endgame, dismissed concerns that machines will replace cybersecurity workers, saying, "As long as the attackers are humans, the defenders will need to be humans as well."
Bloomberg BNA (free content) (3/23) 
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TDS adds managedIP service in 80 markets
TDS Telecom is offering its hosted managedIP service to businesses in 80 additional communities across the West. Pricing for the service, which is hosted by Cisco, BroadSoft and Polycom, kicks off at $24.95 per seat, depending on the business communications features selected.
Telecompetitor.com (3/23) 
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