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TGI Friday Morning Links - - Fri, 14 Dec 2018

Rip-off broadband: Britain to force broadband providers to tell customers their best deals
FCC Says It Will Finally Investigate Nation's Bullshit Broadband Availability Maps. Maybe.
Facebook is in talks with pay TV channels, including HBO, Showtime, and Starz, about selling their streaming TV services on its platform
USDA ReConnect Rural Broadband Pilot Rules Released, Allocates $600M in Loans and Grants
It s Official, FCC Votes to Increase High-Cost USF Budget, Offers New A-CAM Support
Broadband is Big Shopping Bonus: Digital divide revealed in value of online comparison shopping
Group called 4Competition Coalition is formed to block T-Mobile-Sprint merger
Netflix Could Lose 20% of Its Top Content as Soon as 2020
California is considering taxing its citizens for sending text messages
Automakers get on board with in-car Wi-Fi
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Thursday Morning Links - - Thu, 13 Dec 2018

Ookla report on US broadband: mean download speeds rose 35.8% and upload speeds rose 22.0% from last year; Xfinity and Verizon were fastest broadband providers
AT&T Fiber Expansion Adds 12 More Markets, Now Reaches 10M Locations
Vonage Fined 24.5K by Ofcom for Failure of UK VoIP Phone Service
CableLabs taking Buckeye Broadband to court over allegations that the Ohio-based operator is delinquent in paying dues
The FCC Has Made the Same Mistake for Text Messaging That It Did for Net Neutrality
New FCC Data Indicates Future Broadband Access for Most Americans Will Be a Monopoly
FCC panel wants to tax Internet-using businesses and give the money to ISPs
Cable One to rebrand, will become Sparklight in Summer 2019
Cable Ops to FCC: C-Band Plan Needs More Planning
Google begins letting Android users donate to select US nonprofits through the Play Store, with 100% of donations going to the organization
U.S. FCC considers ending merger ban among broadcast networks
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Wednesday Morning Links - - Wed, 12 Dec 2018

Comcast offers to wire up Charlemont, Mass. for $462,000 - Town says 'no', votes for municipal fiber instead
Verizon admits defeat, slashes the value of AOL and Yahoo acquisitions by $4.6 billion
Surprise! Turns out, willy-nilly blocking of URLs doesn't stop film piracy
Report Finds 18.4 Million U.S. Fiber Broadband Homes, Highest-Ever Deployment in 2018
Compromise Farm Bill Would Raise USDA Broadband Loan and Grant Budget
T-Mobile's annual holiday video "sleighs" again as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast are the villians
US Phone Carriers Warn FCC Of "Prohibitive" Costs To Replace Huawei, ZTE Gear
Last-Minute Push to Restore Net Neutrality Stymied by Democrats Flush With Telecom Cash
T-Mobile US CFO: Combined Sprint and T-Mobile US, dubbed the New T-Mobile, would have an eight-fold increase in capacity and 15-fold increase in speeds
Verizon has begun rollout of Fios TV One, the next level of Fios TV service
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Tuesday Morning Links - - Tue, 11 Dec 2018

Cord-Cutting cuts deeply into Disney - Across-the-board losses provide a lens on where the entertainment giant needs to head next
Verizon clears capital for 5G investment by offering voluntary buyouts to 10,400 (about 7%) of its workers
US mega-mergers will make online content a harder telco play
AT&T Finds Yet Another Way To Nickel-And-Dime Its Broadband, TV Customers
Verizon CEO sees home broadband as a big opportunity
The FCC's 5G Auction Rolls On
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.): FBI investigating FCC's Net Neutrality comment docket - Bots and bogus comments helped fill multi-million comment database
T-Mobile provides 70K lines of wireless service to the VA to support telehealth efforts
C-Band Alliance calls T-Mobile proposal for 3.7-4.2 GHz a delay tactic
Android and iOS s App Stores have incentivized an app economy where free apps make money by selling your personal data and location history to advertisers
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Monday Morning Links - - Mon, 10 Dec 2018

FCC to probe whether major carriers gave false coverage information
The FBI is now investigating fake anti-net neutrality comments
CFO on Windstream Sustained Broadband Growth: More Relevant Speeds Are Growth Engine
Democrat Sens. have message for FCC's Pai: Texting should be Title II - said carriers will otherwise have power to censor, favor speech, services
fuboTV s Gandler: One or two big-name vMVPDs could go away in 2019
Be wary of callers claiming to be from Verizon telling you to reset your phone for 5G coverage
HBO goes dark on Dish Network in carriage dispute
5G phones are coming. Here's a (probable) list of them, and when to expect them, from top phone makers
Verizon says 5G represents potential breakthrough for Esports: Test lab is already seeing a 10x improvement in game latency with 5G
Net neutrality could face a powerful foe in Trump s nominee for attorney general
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British Fibre Networks Sign-up 24000 UK Homes for FTTH Broadband - Fri, 14 Dec 2018

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New operator British Fibre Networks, which aspires to create an open access and 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband ISP network to serve over 35% of UK new build homes by 2020, has announced that they’ve so far signed up 24,000 new homes via 50 housing developers. The operator began its first deployment at an apartment […]

One Year Extension for UK Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme UPDATE2 - Fri, 14 Dec 2018

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The UK Government’s Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme, which offers grants worth up to £350 for rural homes and businesses that are unable to get at least a 2Mbps download speed (i.e. helps them to get a faster ISP connection installed), appears to have been extended again until the end of 2019. The scheme was first […]

Three UK Secure Key Change to Boost 5G Wireless Broadband Plans - Fri, 14 Dec 2018

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Ofcom has granted a small but controversial change to the part of the 3.6GHz band owned by mobile operator Three UK (H3G, UK Broadband Ltd.), which will give them access to a 100MHz block of contiguous spectrum that may result in faster 5G based mobile and fixed wireless networks. But BT, O2 and Vodafone aren’t […]

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018 - Sat, 13 Jan 2018

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

The weirdest tech of CES 2018 - Fri, 12 Jan 2018

The weirdest tech of CES 2018Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.

Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio - Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audioAt CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.