Emergency leaders urge FCC, Congress to upgrade 911 | FCC allows AT&T to conduct spectrum band tests | CenturyLink again leads Ethernet rankings
February 15, 2019
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Emergency leaders urge FCC, Congress to upgrade 911
Leaders of first-responder agencies converged on Washington, D.C., this week, lobbying Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to allocate more funds for upgraded systems. The effort comes after reports that emergency personnel in multiple cases have been unable to locate accident victims.
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FCC allows AT&T to conduct spectrum band tests
The Federal Communications Commission has recently granted AT&T permission to conduct experiments using 3400-3600 MHz, 3700-4200 MHz, 28 GHz and a wide variety of other spectrum bands. Tests are due to begin on May 1, with the authorization set to expire on the same date in 2021.
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CenturyLink again leads Ethernet rankings
CenturyLink has taken the top spot in Vertical Systems Group's year-end US Carrier Ethernet Services Leaderboard for the second consecutive year. Following CenturyLink in 2018 was AT&T, which led the leaderboard from 2005 to 2016, then Verizon, Spectrum Enterprise, Comcast and Windstream.
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FCC OKs USF grant phase-outs where CAF monies were refused
Federal regulators on Thursday approved a plan to gradually end Universal Service Fund broadband subsidies in price-cap areas where the incumbent provider declined 2015 funds under the Connect America Fund II. In most areas, competitive carriers bid, although incumbents will continue to operate in regions where the Federal Communications Commission received no winning bids.
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USTelecom on White House broadband initiative
This week the White House announced the launch of its American Broadband Initiative, including an eight state broadband availability mapping pilot led by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. USTelecom welcomed this announcement, recognizing the need for all hands on deck to address the urgent national mission to close the digital divide. Read our statement.
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CBS betting on streaming to hit future projections
CBS executives defended the company's momentum on the streaming front during Thursday's earnings call with investors. Interim CEO Joe Ianniello expects domestic subscribers to the network's streaming services to hit 25 million by 2022 and is focused on many initiatives to achieve that, including boosting content for Showtime and All Access, as well as using one platform to promote content on the other.
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Robbins: Cisco doing fine against Huawei
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins says his company is competing successfully with Huawei amid controversies over the Chinese vendor. Raymond James analyst Simon Leopold notes that China represents less than 2% of Cisco's sales, indicating that the American company is holding its own globally.
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Miss. State U., C Spire team up to bolster cybersecurity of the future
Mississippi State University's new Center for Cyber Education has teamed up with telecommunication and tech services company C Spire to address the dearth of cybersecurity experts in the public and private sectors. The partnership will focus on working with students in K-12 to encourage more enrollment in computer science education to prepare for jobs in the cybersecurity workforce.
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