January 15, 2021
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Verizon will help the city of Philadelphia erase the digital divide by funding an initiative to update its public computer centers. The partnership will also contribute $50,000 to the Philadelphia Fund for Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship to support minority entrepreneurs and innovators.
Full Story: PhillyVoice (Philadelphia) (1/14) 
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Managed SD-WAN: Meet Future Network Demands
Modern business organizations' reliance on SaaS and collaboration apps hosted in the cloud has redefined enterprise infrastructure and network pressures. CTOs from VMware and MetTel host an upcoming webinar to discuss SD-WAN and its role in meeting demands. Join the webinar.
Business & Industry Watch
The Federal Communications Commission levied a $9.92 million fine on an unidentified robocaller for using caller ID spoofing technology to send threatening and xenophobic messages while attacking a series of people. The caller's targets included jurors, journalists and political candidates, the FCC said.
Full Story: Telecompetitor (1/14) 
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Bids in the Federal Communications Commission's C-band auction rose by only a few hundred thousand dollars in the most recent round to reach a record $80.915 billion. Demand for the 280 MHz exceeded supply in only one of the 452 generic spectrum "products," signaling that the auction may be coming to an end.
Full Story: Next TV/Multichannel News (1/14) 
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Frontier Communications has won approval from the Federal Communications Commission for its reorganization plan to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the telecom predicting it will do so early this year. The plan, which will curb Frontier's debt by about $10 billion, needs the blessing of four additional states to take effect.
Full Story: FierceTelecom (1/14),  Telecompetitor (1/14) 
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Voice for media — why now?
Voice is here to stay. 80% of smartphone owners under the age of 30 use a voice assistant, and half of audio listening happens on devices with voice input. Voice search connects a user to content quicker than typing or tapping. It anticipates user requests, and empowers them to use natural language instead of suffering through typed queries. How to add voice to your digital property
USTelecom Spotlight
USTelecom: Why Biden needs a National Technology Council
The White House has a National Security Council and a National Economic Council. USTelecom President and CEO Jonathan Spalter outlines for Protocol why President-elect Joe Biden should move quickly to establish a National Technology Council to coordinate American technology policy at the highest levels of the US government. Read Spalter's op-ed.
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HBO Max extends bulk payment 22% discount
HBO Max's 22% discount for customers who sign up for 10 months in advance will continue until March. The deal had originally been scheduled to expire on Jan. 15.
Full Story: Next TV (1/14) 
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Technology Trends
Lumen Technologies selected the Itential Automation Platform to provide automation and orchestration capabilities for its internal network operations, which are now contending with 5G cellular communications, cloud computing services and edge computing. Lumen will collaborate with Itential to deploy the automation platform across field operations, service assurance and service delivery.
Full Story: FierceTelecom (1/14) 
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The brand that cybercriminals pretend to represent most often in phishing attacks is Microsoft, finds an analysis by Check Point, which noted the wide acceptance of Office 365 software. Other brands commonly impersonated include Amazon, Google, LinkedIn, PayPal and Yahoo.
Full Story: ZDNet (1/14) 
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Editor's Note
The dailyLead will not publish Monday
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, the dailyLead will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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