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May 19, 2017
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AT&T to allow smart city tech resale by telecoms
AT&T will provide telecoms with end-to-end offerings for smart city services after requests from carriers that lack AT&T's resources. "We are in the process of developing SIM-based offerings that other carriers can resell with their connectivity," said Mike Zeto, AT&T's smart cities chief.
Light Reading (5/18) 
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Windstream to link fiber, submarine cables outside Fla.
Windstream's acquisition of EarthLink fiber routes is paying dividends in expanding its coverage in Florida and other Southern states as it looks to connect fiber networks with planned submarine cables along the East Coast. "The Olympics spurred a lot of demand in Miami and there are a lot of new cables going in ... up and down the East Coast," Windstream's Jeff Brown said.
FierceTelecom (5/18) 
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FCC's "Restoring Internet Freedom" proposal
On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt a proposal, "Restoring Internet Freedom," which seeks comment on how the agency should treat broadband internet service in a dynamic, innovative online environment. "This rulemaking wisely focuses this debate and puts a pro-consumer, pro-innovation and pro-investment policy trifecta within our reach," said USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter in a statement. The internet is a central, driving force for our modern economy and there is a smarter path forward.
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Facebook hits home run with MLB live-streaming deal
Facebook hits home run with MLB live streaming deal
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Facebook on Thursday announced a partnership with MLB that will bring 20 baseball games to the social media network. The games are free for all viewers and will air live each Friday, beginning with today's match between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds.
Recode (5/18),  Reuters (5/18) 
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Verizon sees work ahead on densifying network
Verizon has come a long way, but much work remains on densifying its network to support 5G services by deploying small-cell systems, Chief Financial Officer Matt Ellis told an investor conference. Ellis also downplayed talk of Verizon expanding its footprint by merging with a cable operator.
Wireless Week (5/18),  Light Reading (5/17) 
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AT&T focuses on IoT with nationwide LTE-M network
AT&T has completed its coast-to-coast LTE-M network for internet of things applications, soon after Verizon launched its nationwide LTE-M network. AT&T now plans to extend the LTE-M IoT service across Mexico by the end of the year.
FierceWireless (5/18) 
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Google offers high-speed internet alternative with Webpass
Google is attempting to provide an alternative to high-speed broadband offered by cable companies and telecoms with its wireless broadband, Webpass. The niche internet service provider uses wireless radios installed on rooftops and taps into fiber optic lines to deliver broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/19) 
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