AT&T announces low-cost AirGig broadband service testing | Windstream might put dark fiber up for sale | AT&T, cable group pan FCC's revised set-top plan
September 21, 2016
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AT&T announces low-cost AirGig broadband service testing
AT&T on Tuesday announced testing for a service that uses plastic antennas and power lines to provide low-cost, high-speed broadband. The company's testing of the AirGig service will determine the frequency that will be used for deployment, which could occur around 2020.
Computerworld (9/20),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/20) 
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Windstream might put dark fiber up for sale
Windstream Communications, which has been divesting assets and businesses to reduce its corporate debt, may consider selling more assets, including dark fiber, Chief Financial Officer Bob Gunderman said.
Channel Partners (9/20) 
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AT&T, cable group pan FCC's revised set-top plan
The Federal Communications Commission's new, app-based set-top plan is drawing concerns from AT&T and NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, which argued in a filing that the plan failed to respond to the opponents' original objections. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has scheduled a Sept. 29 vote on the proposal.
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BDS change is vital for wireless expansion, Wheeler says
Reforming rules on business data services is key to bringing wireless coverage to the entire US, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler told an industry conference Tuesday. "If there is going to be universal wireless coverage, there needs to be fair access to backhaul," Wheeler said.
Multichannel News (9/20) 
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Netflix's future includes boost in originals
Netflix Chief Financial Officer David Wells says the company plans to fill half of its catalog with original programming, while the remaining 50% will be licensed TV shows and movies. The company is "one-third to halfway" toward reaching its target, Wells says.
The Verge (9/21),  Variety (9/20) 
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Google says Allo with digital assistant
Google brings family sharing to Play store apps, content
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Google has unveiled a virtual assistant for its Allo messaging app that will enable e-commerce tasks such as making a dinner reservation or buying event tickets. The digital helper will also be featured in an upcoming home speaker from the brand.
Bloomberg (9/21),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Proposed tech would let broadband users set data priorities
Scientists at Stanford University hope to make an end run around the open internet debate with a technology that gives broadband users more control over data traffic. Network Cookies, the brainchild of two Stanford professors and a graduate student, would let users fragment their broadband service to prioritize certain types of traffic.
Computerworld/IDG News Service (9/20) 
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