Digital divide is narrowing, survey finds | AT&T passes 6M locations with fiber builds | The cybersecurity imperative
October 20, 2017
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Digital divide is narrowing, survey finds
The "digital divide" along income lines is closing, according to a study from Common Sense that says the broadband gap between higher- and lower-income families has narrowed significantly since 2011. The study also found that among children 8 and younger, time spent using tablets has jumped from five minutes a day in 2011 to 48 minutes, and 61% of lower-income families now own tablets, compared with 2% in 2011.
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AT&T passes 6M locations with fiber builds
AT&T is now among the top three fiber-to-the-premises telecom providers, with 6 million locations in 61 markets. The telecom says it remains on track to reach its goal of 7 million locations this year, having just added Columbus and Macon, Ga.; Lafayette, La.; and Montgomery, Ala.
Telecompetitor (10/19) 
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The cybersecurity imperative
In today's uber-connected digital world, it is imperative to arm against cyberattacks. Yet many businesses, consumers and government agencies are still struggling to stay ahead of cyber threats and breaches. According to the 2018 Global State of Information Security Survey (GSISS), 40% of respondents said robotic or automated operations would be critically disrupted by a cyberattack. Organizations must have the right leadership and processes in place to drive the security measures required by digital advancements. USTelecom is an industry leader in the cyber space, facilitating private-public partnerships, implementing processes aimed at building cyber resiliency, and interacting with federal government agencies to forge cybersecurity initiatives and policy.
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Report: AT&T, Motorola team on Moto Mod to cast DIRECTV
AT&T and Motorola reportedly have collaborated on development of the AT&T Mobile TV Cast, a Moto Mod device that enables users to cast their DIRECTV Now streaming service to TV sets. The phone can still be used while the casting stick is plugged into the TV, the report said.
Android Authority (10/19) 
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Nokia, AWS collaborate to better bind IT infrastructure, networking
Nokia and Amazon Web Services will collaborate on corporate cloud migration and SD-WAN service offerings across four areas, including the development of new 5G and edge cloud strategies. The Nokia-AWS partnership is a response to market demands for "tighter integration" between IT infrastructure and networking, said Kathrin Buvac, Nokia's chief strategy officer.
ZDNet (10/20) 
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Adtran CEO sees a long-term transition to true SDN
Adtran CEO Tom Stanton predicts it will take several years before many telecoms adopt a truly open network architecture implementing software-defined networking and network functions virtualization. "If you look at the current quasi-white box solution that we're shipping today and that we have in trials for NG-PON2, they're some of the most complicated products that we've ever developed," he told analysts.
FierceTelecom (10/19) 
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Don't impede federal cybersecurity efforts, Mattis tells lawmakers
Defense Secretary James Mattis has sent a letter requesting that Congress discontinue work on legislation under which the US would notify foreign governments of US efforts to eradicate certain cyberthreats. "The nature of cyberattacks is ever evolving, and we need to maintain our ability to take decisive action against this increasingly dangerous threat," the letter says.
Reuters (10/18) 
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Schumer argues against lowering rural broadband speed standards
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is speaking out against a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would lower the standards for high-speed internet access from 25 megabits per second to 10 Mbps. He says the lower rate would harm rural businesses and residents as well as local economies.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (10/19) 
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