Verizon funds Streamroot, a content delivery startup | Windstream expands Kinetic brand beyond IPTV | CenturyLink moves Level 3 closing to end of Oct.
September 13, 2017
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Verizon funds Streamroot, a content delivery startup
Verizon Ventures is backing a content delivery startup that provides video-streaming technology support aimed at boosting server capacity for over-the-top and broadband TV companies. The company has invested an undisclosed amount in the startup, Streamroot, as part of a $3.2 million funding round.
CED Magazine online (9/11) 
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Windstream expands Kinetic brand beyond IPTV
Windstream Communications will convert its IPTV Kinetic brand into a premium offering of several services across its 18-state footprint, for households as well as businesses. The regional telecom is extending the brand to areas where it provides broadband service of at least 25 megabits per second.
Telecompetitor (9/12) 
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Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
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Emergency 911 service and the role of social media
Social media has become central to emergency communications channels. Due to the wide availability of broadband, social media has become fundamental to informing the public when disasters occur. More than 6,000 public safety organizations operating mostly as independent entities locally (and some statewide) are part of this communication process. On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission held a roundtable discussion addressing 911 service outages and the channels used to communicate emergencies. USTelecom staff and members spoke to the considerable efforts made to improve planning processes, acknowledging the important role of social and local media as mass notification tools. Learn more.
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AT&T CEO: Video, wireless bundles have fought churn
AT&T has reduced churn and boosted revenue by offering video bundled with wireless services, CEO Randall Stephenson said Monday, referring to the telecom's DIRECTV satellite and DIRECTV Now streaming businesses. "The whole point of this is multiproduct households churn dramatically lower than single-product households," he told an investor conference.
FierceWireless (9/12) 
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Apple unveils 4K set-top box
Apple unveils 4K set-top box
Apple CEO Tim Cook (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new Apple TV streaming box, which will be available for purchase on Sept. 22. The device supports 4K content and will also feature an updated TV app that shows live sports and scores.
The Hollywood Reporter (9/12) 
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Technology Trends
Survey: Need for flexible network drives 5G upgrade plans
The move to virtualization is driving the 5G upgrade plans of many carriers, finds a survey backed by network vendor Ixia in which 59% of those polled cited the need to engineer a flexible and scalable network as their reason for deploying 5G. Most of the carriers said they were in the process of transitioning to 5G networks.
SDxCentral (9/11) 
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Verizon forecasts a $1.6B IoT platform market by 2020
The internet of things platform market could reach $1.6 billion by 2020, growing 35% every year, a Verizon market report finds. There are 8.4 billion IoT devices being used this year, a 31% increase over 2016, which has caught the attention of even more corporate leaders now interested in joining the market, Verizon says.
The Economic Times (India) (9/12) 
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Cyberattacks are now inevitable, warn experts
With credit-reporting firm Equifax in the spotlight following its recent data breach, security experts warn that firms must now assume cyberattacks are inevitable and that companies need to establish response strategies. "Companies have to start doing more from the technical and the people aspect, or they can only expect more and more regulation to start coming down the pipe," consultant Karen Hornbeck said.
Legaltech News (9/11) 
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