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March 13, 2013
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  • Rockefeller proposes expansion of Internet school fund
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., wants to revise and expand the federal government's E-Rate program, which helps fund Internet connections for public libraries and schools. The chairman of the Senate commerce committee proposes to upgrade the Internet connections of every U.S. school to 1 gigabit per second. "As every educator knows, digital information and technology will continue to play an increasing role in education, so we need to think about how we are going to meet the broadband infrastructure needs of our schools and libraries," Rockefeller said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC, DOJ back T-Mobile's MetroPCS merger
    T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS took a leap forward Tuesday with its approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice. Both agencies said the deal could increase competition in the mobile phone industry. MetroPCS shareholders still need to sign off on the merger in an April 12 vote, with two institutional investors in opposition arguing for better deal terms. Bloomberg (3/13), The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Better understand the cybersecurity executive order
    USTelecom's next Policy Briefing, to be held in person and online Thursday at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, brings together experts from the telecom and cable industries to discuss the executive order, timeline for compliance and the public-private partnership model for working on these issues. The panelists will address potential overlapping requirements and how industry is working together on the initiatives. Register today -- it's free. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Apple's ITV effort said to be stalled once more
    Apple has delayed its long-awaited interactive TV effort until "some time" next year, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said in a note to his clients Tuesday in which he cited TV manufacturers LG Electronics and Sharp as the reasons for the latest snag. "We believe Apple wants a display that looks like 4K/Ultra HD but without the super-premium cost," Misek wrote. PC Magazine (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vevo channels MTV with new online music video offering
    Vevo, the studio-owned YouTube rival, is launching a 24-hour music video channel in the U.S. and Canada, with a planned expansion into the U.K., Europe and Latin America later this year. Vevo TV, which draws its inspiration from 1980s-era music video channels such as MTV, will be available through ITV-enabled devices such as the Xbox and Roku, as well as a host of smartphones and tablets. TechCrunch (3/12), The Guardian (London) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vimeo will let video creators rent, sell their videos
    Vimeo is trying to stand out from YouTube and other video websites by giving video creators not only the means to rent and sell their content, but also the right to receive 90% of the generated revenue, compared with the 70% typically offered by video sites, Peter Kafka writes. All Things D (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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  • Cisco adds Arbor software to routers to combat DDoS attacks
    Cisco Systems has added the Peakflow SP Threat Management System software from Arbor Networks to its carrier-class routers to improve their ability to defend against distributed denial-of-service attacks. The business relationship between Arbor and Cisco began more than a decade ago, when Cisco served as an early investor in Arbor. Network World (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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