January 25, 2022
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Verizon added 106,000 broadband subscribers in its fourth quarter and 360,000 for the year to post its largest annual gain in more than five years, CEO Hans Vestberg said. The total, which included 72,000 fixed wireless access and 55,000 Fios customers, came on top of the addition of 558,000 postpaid wireless phone subscribers in the quarter and a rise in net profits.
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AT&T rolled out its symmetrical 2 gigabit and 5 gigabit broadband services to homes and businesses in over 70 markets including Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta to reach a potential 5.2 million subscribers.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (1/24),  Light Reading (1/24) 
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The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking to improve cybersecurity in the financial system and could consider expanding the scope of its Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity rule to broker-dealers and others, SEC Chair Gary Gensler says.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (1/24),  ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (1/24),  InvestmentNews (tiered subscription model) (1/24) 
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Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is hoping to bring Federal Communications Commission nominee Gigi Sohn's confirmation vote to the floor soon, says an aide to the chair of the Senate Commerce Committee. Republicans are opposing Sohn's appointment over her stances on net neutrality and copyright protections.
Full Story: Next TV/Multichannel News (1/24) 
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According to USTelecom's 2021 Cybersecurity Survey, small and medium-sized businesses that own, operate or support US critical infrastructure are especially vulnerable to 21st century cyberattacks such as phishing, malware and ransomware. Check out 10 tips to protect your small business from cyberbreaches to guard against cyber breaches and bolster cybersecurity.
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TV manufacturers are releasing a new generation of remote controls that emphasize sustainability, ease of use and improved location features. Samsung has introduced a remote that draws on power from devices such as routers, while new controllers from Sony and Roku are integrated with voice assistants to help when they get lost.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (1/25) 
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The American Telemedicine Association has formed ATA Action in order to push state and federal governments to extend telehealth coverage. The organization also joined more than 120 health care groups in urging Congress to restore telehealth benefits under specified health plans.
Full Story: Healthcare IT News (1/24) 
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Are schools prepared for cyberthreats?
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Schools face a growing risk of cyberthreats, yet many are not proactively thwarting them, says Eileen Belastock, director of technology and information for Nauset public schools in Massachusetts. School leaders must become well-versed in common cyberattacks, such as phishing scams and ransomware, and then educate teachers and staff on such threats, experts say.
Full Story: Education Week (1/24),  Education Next (Winter 2022) 
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