White House joins Pai in backing net neutrality rules repeal | Frontier: We're meeting CAF deployment goals early | Crown Castle agrees to pay $7.1B for Lightower
July 19, 2017
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White House joins Pai in backing net neutrality rules repeal
White House joins Pai in backing net neutrality rules repeal
President Donald Trump (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Trump administration on Tuesday backed a proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai to repeal net neutrality rules enacted two years ago. The White House also called on Congress to pass legislation to bring economic and regulatory certainty to the matter.
The Hill (7/18) 
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Innovation doesn't have to be expensive, time-consuming, or even all that difficult. Award-winning trend expert Scott Steinberg shares 4 inspiring stories of innovation from the smallest startups up to household brand names to demonstrate how your business can learn and grow. Read the guide
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Frontier: We're meeting CAF deployment goals early
Frontier Communications is ahead of the deadline requirements for broadband connections under Connect America Fund grants, saying Tuesday that it had begun serving 40% of the sites in nine states where it accepted the federal funds. The buildouts cover about 238,000 homes and small companies.
Telecompetitor (7/18) 
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Crown Castle agrees to pay $7.1B for Lightower
Wireless-infrastructure provider Crown Castle said it will take over fiber-network owner Lightower in a $7.1 billion all-cash deal. The acquisition will double Crown Castle's fiber route miles.
ZDNet (7/18),  Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (7/18) 
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July 27 webinar: SD-Access: Key to the Open Telco Platform
Join USTelecom and ADTRAN as they co-host a webcast on Thursday, July 27 at 2 p.m. Eastern Daylight time. As infrastructure migrates to a software-defined, programmable model, telcos need to create a new, flexible access platform to deliver open and agile services. This webcast will cover why service providers need to build an SD-Access platform, and will discuss the requirements, ROI, and much more. Register today.
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Amazon Prime Video unveils "The Tick" to Comic-Con with Twitter, Snapchat
Amazon Prime Video unveils "The Tick" to Comic-Con with Twitter, Snapchat
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Amazon Prime Video is touting its new series "The Tick" at Comic-Con with a Twitter campaign that will feature a 24-foot animatronic model of the character's head moving in San Diego in response to tweets and emojis posted by fans. Attendees at the event will also receive Snapchat codes giving them access to "Tick" lenses.
Adweek (7/17) 
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AT&T turns to edge computing in cloud move
AT&T is upgrading its central offices, small cells and towers to prepare for the advent of 5G technology and is using multi-access edge computing as the tool to more quickly transfer data from devices to the cloud, AT&T Labs President Andre Fuetsch said. The telecom believes the move will aid in its development of services such as augmented reality and virtual reality.
SDxCentral (7/18) 
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Bluetooth SIG releases standard for mesh
Bluetooth SIG has introduced a new standard dictating the best practices for Bluetooth mesh use, a type of networking that allows Bluetooth devices to develop their own networks. This type of networking will be particularly helpful in smart home management, as it minimizes the need for energy, Jacob Kastrenakes writes.
The Verge (7/18),  ReadWrite (7/18) 
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Gen Z now largest media consumers, and mobile is key
Generation Z now accounts for 26% of media's total audience, and this demographic is much more likely to use mobile internet, and actually prefers to shop in physical stores but use mobile devices to influence those purchases, Nielsen reports. Half of Gen Z use text while browsing in stores, 44% use Snapchat, 36% employ Google search, 34% use their smartphone camera, and 33% peruse Facebook.
Marketing Land (7/17) 
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