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Tuesday Morning Links - - Tue, 21 May 2019


FCC Chairman recommends approval of the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger after New T-Mobile promises to cover 97% of the US population with 5G in three years venturebeat.com
FTC seeks evidence that Broadcom's conduct harmed rivals in WiFi and network switch chip markets, broadening its probe bloomberg.com
Who Will Buy Sprint's Boost? And Will It Even Matter? lightreading.com
T-Mobile-Sprint Critics Pan Pai's 'Policy by Press Release', say conditions, spin-off, don't make deal more palatable multichannel.com
Dish buys another chunk of EchoStar in all stock deal is valued at $800 million multichannel.com
FCC's Carr & O'Rielly 'inclined' to approve T-Mobile-Sprint deal - Would give Pai majority to approve deal broadcastingcable.com
California man receives 18 month sentence for emailing death threats to Ajit Pai techspot.com
Samsung's first 5G phone is out for Verizon customers cnn.com
US lifts Huawei ban, creates a general license, which expires Aug. 19, to restore Huawei's ability to maintain existing networks and push software updates to handsets androidauthority.com
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Monday Morning Links - - Mon, 20 May 2019


Elon Musk has a 2027 deadline to surround Earth with high-speed Starlink internet satellites - but the service would work far sooner than that businessinsider.com
Google has suspended all businesses with Huawei and revoked its Android license effective immediately - a move that will have a drastic impact on Huawei devices across the globe thehackernews.com
Meteorologists say interference from 5G phones could reduce the accuracy of weather forecasts by 30%, equivalent to the quality of predictions in the 1980s wired.com
FCC's Broadband Advisory Committee names new members, will hold first meeting next month multichannel.com
Senators offer shapefile broadband mapping Bill - Charter cheers move that tracks with NCTA proposal multichannel.com
T-Mobile and Sprint Plan Concessions to Get Their $26.5 Billion Merger Cleared yahoo.com
AT&T's TV Business Will Keep Losing Subscribers Throughout 2019 fool.com
AT&T claims selling user location data wasn't illegal, but stops doing it phonearena.com
Internet giant Amazon aiming to break music-streaming stranglehold held by Spotify dailymail.co.uk
Over 21,000 Linksys routers leaked their device connection histories engadget.com
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Friday Morning Links - - Fri, 17 May 2019


Charter Using Mobile to Dislodge 'Inert' DSL Customers lightreading.com
Chicago becomes first city to collect 'Netflix tax' from online services dailymail.co.uk
Tests of Verizon's 5G in Chicago on the Galaxy S10 5G show download speeds of up to 1.35 Gbps, but speeds were inconsistent, though never fell below 550 Mbps digitaltrends.com
Sprint says it will begin offering 5G in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City on May 31, with preorders for LG's V50 ThinQ 5G starting tomorrow venturebeat.com
Rural US broadband carriers, of which about 25% reportedly use Huawei equipment, say Huawei ban will hinder rural high-speed internet rollout ft.com
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon say they've stopped selling customer geo-location data to third parties, according to letters they all sent the FCC techcrunch.com
In Chasing AT&T, Verizon & T-Mobile Diverge in 5G Video Strategies lightreading.com
Amazon Claims 34M Active Users for Fire TV multichannel.com
FCC officials meet to discuss Sprint, T-Mobile merger conditions as review hits critical stage foxbusiness.com
Samsung's first 5G phone is out for Verizon customers CNN.com
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Thursday Morning Links - - Thu, 16 May 2019


SpaceX Postponed Launch of Starlink Satellites cdrinfo.com
Why Has San Francisco Allowed Comcast and AT&T to Dictate Its Broadband Future (Or Lack Thereof)? eff.org
Trump issues order blocking US companies from doing business with information and communications technology companies owned or controlled by a foreign adversary technologyreview.com
Ajit Pai proposes a new rule that would allow carriers to block robocalls by default and lets customers block calls from numbers not on their contacts list theverge.com
Comcast Still Has Big Streaming Dreams lightreading.com
Top Operators Added 945K Broadband Customers in Q1: Leichtman multichannel.com
FCC's Pai focuses on broadband, phone, spectrum in Hill testimony, makes no mention of ATSC 3.0, incentive auction status or other broadcast issues multichannel.com
WOW & Philo Bundle Up lightreading.com
Valve releases Steam Link, its service for streaming desktop games to another device, on iOS and Apple TV, almost a year after its initial App Store rejection 9to5mac.com
Why are politicians still terrified of taxing Netflix? cbc.ca
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Wednesday Morning Links - - Wed, 15 May 2019


Disney Takes Full Control of Hulu as War on Netflix Heats Up bloomberg.com
Where can you find 5G? Ookla maps it rcrwireless.com
AT&T has cut 23K jobs since the corporate tax cut passed in 2017, after it lobbied for it by promising an additional $1B in investment in 2018 and 7K new jobs arstechnica.com
AT&T Taking Broadband Nationwide in 3-5 Years via Fiber & 5G lightreading.com
Disney chief: Hulu the 'Third Prong' in Disney s Direct-to-Consumer Strategy multichannel.com
Trump may sign an order that effectively bans Huawei in the U.S. mashable.com
WarnerMedia Streaming Service Will Draw Tens Of Millions Of Subscribers Thanks To Pay-TV Tie, AT&T Chief Randall Stephenson Predicts deadline.com
Google settles class action lawsuit with owners of original Pixel and Pixel XL alleging it knowingly sold Pixels with defective mics, could pay up to $500/owner theverge.com
A side-channel flaw called ZombieLoad affects nearly all post-2011 Intel chips; Apple, Microsoft, Google release fixes today that, like Spectre, hit performance techcrunch.com
UK Broadband, phone and TV firms to be forced to alert customers 10 to 40 days before their contract ends, and provide them with an annual update on the most economic packages for their needs mirror.co.uk
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Openreach Launch New Website and Broadband Availability Checker - Tue, 21 May 2019

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Openreach (BT) has launched a new website this week, which cleans things up quite nicely and also introduces a new availability checker for fibre optic based broadband ISP services on their UK network (FTTC, G.fast and FTTP), which now includes a choice of providers and a pre-registration page for non-FTTP areas. The operator told ISPreview.co.uk […]

B4RN to Hit 6000 Rural FTTH Broadband Customers and Raises £2m - Tue, 21 May 2019

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Plucky rural UK ISP B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North), which is deploying a community built and funded 1Gbps Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband network to remote premises in several counties across England, expects to achieve 6,000 live connections by the end of June and has raised £2m via crowdfunding. The provider, which has been busy digging […]

KCOM Complete Full Fibre Broadband Rollout to Cover Hull UK - Tue, 21 May 2019

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The incumbent ISP for Hull and East Riding (East Yorkshire), KCOM, appears to have announced the “completion” of their £85m “Lightstream” roll-out, which means that nearly all of the 200,000+ premises within their network area should now be within reach of a 900Mbps+ Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) service. The operator’s target was to ensure that “every KCOM […]

7 tax scams to watch out for this year - Sun, 07 Apr 2019

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.


Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls - Wed, 13 Jan 2016

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”


Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States - Tue, 22 Sep 2015

Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United StatesPope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.