Verizon looks to 5G edge to engage enterprises | FCC approves rules for Dec. 8 C-band auction | Governors in West join forces on telehealth issues
August 7, 2020
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Verizon looks to 5G edge to engage enterprises
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Verizon is partnering with Amazon Web Services to bring 5G edge computing to the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston. The companies will eventually open 10 server sites this year under Amazon's AWS Wavelength cloud-services unit.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (8/6),  FierceWireless (8/6) 
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The Federal Communications Commission has approved the procedure for the auction of C-band capacity that starts Dec. 8. Partial economic areas will form the organizational basis for the 5,684 licenses that the FCC is selling.
Full Story: Multichannel News (8/6),  Telecompetitor (8/6) 
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Four Western states have formed a regional pact aimed at improving telehealth services by studying the best ways to provide care as well as tackle bureaucratic issues involved in the process. The governors of Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Oregon are the first to form a telemedicine sharing agreement with licensure seen as one of the most pressing topics on the agenda.
Full Story: mHealth Intelligence (8/7) 
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USTelecom Spotlight
Thanks to USTelecom member networks, nearly 40% of US employees can telework, according to Recon Analytics. Half of those workers are contemplating moving to a smaller city or town as the pandemic has prompted many Americans to reevaluate their priorities and living conditions. Our networks are designed for demand, giving consumers the flexibility and certainty they need to live, work and play when, how and where they want.
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Lionsgate is the latest studio to move a film to a premium video-on-demand window, specifically for its horror flick "Antebellum," but studio chief Joe Drake offered a vote of confidence for movie theaters calling the move a one-time strategy. Drake said the film has a contemporary plot and had already been delayed for four months before Lionsgate cancelled its theatrical run.
Full Story: Deadline Hollywood (8/6) 
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Consumers are turning increasingly to smart TVs over streaming hardware, Parks Associates reports saying the technology's adoption has reached 54% in the US, a gain of 7 percentage points year-to-yer while devices remained steady at 42%. Hardware companies such as Roku are starting to be seen as rivals to third-party streaming platforms.
Full Story: Next TV (8/6) 
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Technology Trends
Windstream Enterprise is adding the VNF Firewall to its software-defined WAN service, hosted on existing devices customers use with VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud hardware. "They want to put multiple devices on one appliance, like the promise of NFV - reduce the number of boxes," Omdia's Brian Washburn says of the telecom.
Full Story: Light Reading (8/6) 
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IP Download
The FBI is urging the private sector to stop using Windows 7, which is no longer supported and is seen by hackers as a "soft target." The costs of upgrading, the FBI says, "do not outweigh the loss of intellectual property and threats to an organization" that could occur with a breach.
Full Story: ZDNet (8/5) 
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