Windstream eyes enterprises with division rebrands | Verizon: Go90 content to be redistributed | Senators propose bill aimed at boosting rural service
February 14, 2018
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Windstream eyes enterprises with division rebrands
Windstream has launched two new brands in hopes of showing enterprise customers it can compete against larger companies in four key IT areas. The brands -- Windstream Wholesale and Windstream Enterprise -- reflect the telecom's investment in more software-centric technology.
FierceTelecom (2/14) 
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Verizon: Go90 content to be redistributed
Verizon is revamping its video strategy and the future of the Go90 brand is uncertain, says Tim Armstrong, CEO of Verizon's Oath unit. Armstrong says the company plans to use its partnerships by redistributing content to brands such as Huffington Post and Yahoo Sports.
MediaPost Communications (2/13) 
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Senators propose bill aimed at boosting rural service
Two senators want federal regulators to establish a clear broadband standard to ensure rural areas are receiving service that is "reasonably comparable" to that in more populated regions. Sponsored by a Democrat and Republican, the bill is similar to a bipartisan measure two House lawmakers proposed last year.
Multichannel News (2/13),  The Hill (2/13) 
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USTelecom Spotlight
Rural broadband needs dedicated infrastructure funding
When President Donald Trump presented his infrastructure plan earlier this week, it included a $50 billion set aside dedicated to rural infrastructure. Some policymakers on both sides of the aisle, however, were disappointed by the lack of committed funds for rural broadband infrastructure. Closing the digital divide requires dedicated and adequate capital -- both financial and political. The bipartisan House Rural Broadband Caucus has urged President Trump to include funding for rural broadband in his infrastructure proposal. USTelecom is determined to work with Congress and the administration on getting the nation's 21st century infrastructure priorities right, including dedicated funding to ensure broadband connectivity for all Americans.
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Disney sets its sights on Hulu growth
Disney sets its sights on Hulu growth
Disney is committed to turning Hulu into a "big, profitable service" once it takes over, said Disney Chief Strategy Officer Kevin Mayer, who explained that a majority Hulu acquisition will help advance Disney's plans to deliver its shows directly to consumers. Mayer also said that the company's upcoming streaming service is not designed to "hurt or kill" Netflix and that he doesn't see an "urgent need to disrupt" the company's theatrical release strategy.
Deadline Hollywood (2/13),  Recode (2/13) 
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Verizon picks European firm to provide blockchain tech
Verizon Enterprise Solutions has selected Amsterdam-based Guardtime to provide keyless signature infrastructure blockchain software that will be offered through Verizon's Virtual Network Services platform. The software can defend critical infrastructure, along with digital and physical supply chains, for enterprise and government customers.
SDxCentral (2/13) 
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Research: SD-WAN services could pass $10B by 2022
Windstream is joining other telecoms in adding software-defined WAN services to its portfolio of business services. Doyle Research predicts global spending on managed SD-WAN services will surpass $10 billion by 2022.
Light Reading (2/13),  Network World (2/13) 
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Survey: Employee training is best cyberdefense
Thirty-five percent of cybersecurity heads at financial institutions say employee training is the best defense against cyberattacks, according to a survey by the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Network defense and infrastructure upgrades rank second, followed by breach prevention.
American Banker online (free content)/Bloomberg (2/12) 
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