Verizon, AT&T join "Robocall Strike Force" in concert with FCC | Feds seek input on cybersecurity | Straight Path's wireless backhaul net is missing transmitters
August 22, 2016
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Verizon, AT&T join "Robocall Strike Force" in concert with FCC
More than 30 telecom and tech companies have formed a group working with the Federal Communications Commission to combat robocalls as part of the "Robocall Strike Force," which includes Verizon Communications, AT&T, Apple, Google and Comcast.
Reuters (8/19) 
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Feds seek input on cybersecurity
Feds seek input on cybersecurity
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The Obama administration has issued a request for expert advice on how to improve its cybersecurity strategy. The request for information was issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and it calls on private firms to submit proposals on a wide range of cybersecurity issues.
The Hill (8/20) 
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Straight Path's wireless backhaul net is missing transmitters
Straight Path Communications faces shareholder lawsuits and potential revocation of its airwave rights after the discovery that backhaul transmitters designed largely to serve hotels are missing. The company aims to provide internet of things services via wireless signals, but the Federal Communications Commission could revoke those rights after an investigation.
Bloomberg (8/22) 
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USTelecom Spotlight
USTelecom workshop focused on BDS debate
A panel discussion about the future of business data services was held Thursday, Aug. 18 by USTelecom and the Invest in Broadband for America coalition. The panel first heard opening remarks from former Sen. Mary Landrieu, followed by remarks from economist Glenn Woroch of Compass Lexecon, who has analyzed the Federal Communications Commission's extensive data. The event concluded with a separate panel discussion that was moderated by Lydia Beyoud of Bloomberg BNA, and included representatives from the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the Communications Workers of America and legal professionals. View the previously recorded video.
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