Sources: AT&T, Time Warner merger moves into advanced stages of review | Windstream brings BCN Telecom on board as SD-WAN reseller | Internet access out of reach for most in Cuba
August 18, 2017
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Sources: AT&T, Time Warner merger moves into advanced stages of review
Sources: AT&T, Time Warner merger moves into advanced stages of review
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AT&T's $85 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner has moved into the advanced stages of its Department of Justice review, bringing the deal closer to reality, sources say. The government has raised some concerns about the deal, but AT&T General Counsel David McAtee said the process "is on track from our perspective."
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/17),  Variety (8/17) 
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Business & Industry Watch
Windstream brings BCN Telecom on board as SD-WAN reseller
Windstream Wholesale has signed New Jersey-based BCN Telecom as a reseller of Windstream's software-defined WAN service, making BCN the first company to link up with the product, which launched in April. BCN cited its long-standing relationship with Windstream and the company's solid operational support for its decision.
Channel Partners (8/17) 
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Internet access out of reach for most in Cuba
Few people in Cuba have regular access to the internet, and those who do encounter slow download speeds, an eMarketer evaluation finds. Although Cuba's state-run service provider has built hot spots throughout the country, the rate of $1.50 an hour keeps regular use out of reach for most citizens.
eMarketer (8/17) 
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USTelecom Spotlight
Broadband: Connecting "The Next Big Thing"
It's becoming an age-old question: "What's the next big thing in tech?" A recent forecast published by the Consumer Technology Association shows that wearables, smart home devices and 4K TVs have already become multi-billion dollar sellers in the US, while drones and VR headsets are still in the earlier stages of the adoption curve. Powered by broadband networks, emerging technology sales in the United States are projected to be robust.
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YouTube TV launches in 14 markets
YouTube TV launches in 14 markets
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YouTube has deployed its YouTube TV service across 14 new markets, with its footprint now covering half of all US households. The company -- which launched the service in areas including Boston, Las Vegas and Nashville, Tenn. -- will deploy in 17 more markets in the near future as it continues to expand nationwide.
TechCrunch (8/17),  Adweek (8/17),  Variety (8/17) 
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Sony brings ABC affiliates to PlayStation Vue vMPVD service
Sony has announced the addition of 11 ABC affiliates and four NBC affiliates to its PlayStation Vue subscription service, heating up the affiliate race among virtual multichannel video programming distributors. The deal covers major markets across the country, including Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.
FierceCable (8/17) 
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Technology Trends
The finesse of maneuvering a big digital conversion
The finesse of maneuvering a big digital conversion
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The CEOs of AT&T Communications and Oracle share what it's been like to oversee a massive digital transformation, which includes a goal of moving 55% of AT&T's core network functions to the cloud via Oracle support by year-end.
CIO online/IDG News Service (8/16) 
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IP Download
VSG: Verizon makes Ethernet ranking inroads
Verizon moved up to third place in the midyear 2017 Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard -- displacing Spectrum Enterprise -- thanks to its February acquisition of XO Communications, Vertical Systems Group reports. AT&T remained in first place, followed by Level 3 Communications, the market research firm said.
FierceTelecom (8/17) 
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