Pai outlines open internet rules rollback plans | AT&T plans 20-city "5G Evolution" network | Grande downplays bundle in Texas gigabit launches
April 27, 2017
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Pai outlines open internet rules rollback plans
Pai outlines open internet rollback plans
Pai (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai Wednesday proposed overturning open internet rules and will seek an initial vote May 18 before inviting public comment. Commissioner Mignon Clyburn criticized the proposed rule change, and other opponents said they would resist it fiercely.
Bloomberg (4/26),  Broadcasting & Cable (4/26),  Reuters (4/26) 
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AT&T plans 20-city "5G Evolution" network
AT&T will introduce its "5G Evolution" wireless service in Austin, Texas, and will offer it in 20 markets this year. The company said the technology will provide twice the speed of its LTE network.
RCR Wireless News (4/27), (4/25) 
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Grande downplays bundle in Texas gigabit launches
Grande Communications introduced gigabit service in five Texas areas. Unlike most other service providers, it is emphasizing its high speeds rather than service bundles.
Light Reading (4/27) 
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USTelecom Spotlight
Consumers won't get a modern, open internet from Title II
USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter discussed his viewpoints on Title II and the open internet and its effects on consumers and the economy in an op-ed posted on news site Morning Consult today. Spalter notes that all sides continue to strongly support consumers’ right to be in control of their online experience. All sides also agree government should have the authority to enforce these protections. What they don’t agree on is whether net neutrality rules can only be achieved by imposing utility-style regulations written in 1934. Learn more.
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Survey: More internet users use computers to watch TV shows
More than 40% of internet users globally prefer to watch TV shows on laptop or desktop computers, compared with 32% a year ago, an Accenture survey found. The poll of 26,000 people also showed that 41% of respondents prefer smartphones to watch short-form videos.
eMarketer (4/25) 
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Technology Trends
VeloCloud, AT&T team up on SD-WAN products
AT&T and VeloCloud are collaborating on software-defined WAN technology. AT&T plans to provide network-based and on-premises-based versions.
SDxCentral (4/26) 
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IP Download
S. Korea alliance to support smart homes
South Korea is working with major tech companies, including Samsung, LG Electronics, MDS Technology, SK Telecom and Samyoung S&C, to build a support network for smart home technology. "We can make the world's leading smart home industry with the combination of our home electronics industry, information technology, infrastructure and semiconductors," Trade Minister Joo Hyung-hwan said.
Yonhap News Agency (South Korea) (subscription required) (4/26) 
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Md. college wants students to hack network
Md. college tasks students with hacking network
Maryland is considered a national leader in cybersecurity education. At the University of Maryland, College Park, students in an honors course are allowed to attempt to hack the school's network.
The Baltimore Sun (4/21) 
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