Fighting the illegal robocalls fight | US grants Huawei 90-day extension on license | Ookla: 5G eight times faster than LTE in Verizon cities
August 19, 2019
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Fighting the illegal robocalls fight
The government's efforts to crack down on illegal robocalls have been complicated by the inability of small telecoms to prevent being the originators of some of these calls, telecom executives say although those companies assert they lack the resources to monitor those calls. "There are definitely repeat offenders who keep showing up as the sources of illegal robocalls," USTelecom's Patrick Halley said.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/18) 
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US grants Huawei 90-day extension on license
US grants Huawei 90-day extension on license
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The Commerce Department will give Huawei Technologies an additional 90 days to do business with US telecom vendors to "prevent any disruption," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said. The government also put another 46 companies on a list of those affiliated with Huawei.
TechCrunch (8/19),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Ookla: 5G eight times faster than LTE in Verizon cities
Verizon's 5G network delivered speeds eight times faster than LTE on average in six cities monitored by Ookla's Speedtest service with Providence, R.I., Denver and Minneapolis, offering the zippiest downloads. Ookla confined its test to a pair of phones that house Qualcomm's X50 modem.
MediaPost Communications (8/16),  FierceWireless (8/15) 
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USTelecom Spotlight
Promoting telehealth in rural America
The Federal Communications Commission has changed the way the Rural Health Care Program is administered. The goal of the changes is to distribute funds efficiently and equitably, promote transparency and strengthen safeguards against waste, fraud and abuse. These types of regulatory efficiencies are critical to ensuring rural Americans have access to the wonders of modern telemedicine.
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Roku Channel unveils section just for kids and families
Roku introduce a new content section on the Roku Channel designed to enable younger users to discover age-appropriate content.
Variety online (8/19) 
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11 concerns when outsourcing security to cloud providers
Potential architecture weaknesses, account hijacking and insider threats are among the 11 issues companies should keep in mind as they consider outsourcing security to cloud providers, finds a survey of more than 200 industry experts. Among other concerns cited are misconfiguration and inadequate change control, insecure interfaces and limited cloud use visibility.
ZDNet (8/17) 
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VMware boosts network monitoring with Veriflow buy
VMware agreed to acquire Veriflow, a provider of network modeling tools for application availability and network connectivity. The virtualization company is also reportedly negotiating a purchase of Pivotal Software, which like in VMware, Dell owns a controlling stake.
Light Reading (8/16) 
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Minerva system reduces video buffering
MIT researchers have developed technology that reduces video buffering on devices that are using congested Wi-Fi routers. Instead of splitting bandwidth equally among devices, the Minerva system determines which videos being streamed need more bandwidth and which could use less bandwidth without compromising quality.
Engadget (8/18) 
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