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9/21/2017

Charter's Spectrum is continuing its ad campaign from Something Different to target DIRECTV. The ad features werewolf parents meeting with a teacher, ending with the father ranting about DIRECTV's pricing and lack of NFL.

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9/21/2017

Verizon wants to proceed with its switch from copper-based wiring to fiber in eight markets in early 2018. The telecom has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for permission to replace copper with fiber-to-the-home technology in Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

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FierceTelecom
9/21/2017

The city of Westminster, Md., will be the site of a telehealth trial in which six chronically ill patients in two group homes will be treated via gigabit connectivity provided by Ting Internet. The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory is overseeing the trial to determine whether telemedicine can help the patients' health care providers prevent problems from escalating.

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Telecompetitor
9/21/2017

Existing laws that have an impact on telecoms have failed to account for advances in artificial intelligence and automation technologies, lawyer Amanda Pilkington said at a UK industry conference. "We never envisaged that a machine would have the ability for independent thought, and we need to figure out who is responsible for the act of an intelligent machine," she said.

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artificial intelligence, AI
9/21/2017

G.fast technology could be a boon for bringing broadband access to buildings with multiple dwelling units, AT&T executive Eric Small says. He says the technology is less disruptive then fiber-to-the-premises because the telecom can use existing copper and coax wiring.

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Eric Small, MDU, AT&T
9/21/2017

Univision's WKAQ-AM in Puerto Rico had to seek refuge after the station became "vulnerable" during Hurricane Maria, determined to provide listeners with critical information and updates throughout the storm. Station staff faced challenges staying on the air before settling into a roofless "bunker" at sister station WKAQ-FM.

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Univision
9/21/2017

CBS is still searching for a replacement anchor to take over the role Scott Pelley left at "CBS Evening News" months ago. While the company has approached ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Fox News' John Roberts and CNN's Jake Tapper, the company has no announcements for a permanent replacement, confirms Chairman Les Moonves.

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Adweek
9/21/2017

The continued decline in ratings for the NFL could lead to a $200 million earnings shortfall and, because it is used as an indicator for prime-time programming, could continue to put pressure on media stocks, says Jefferies analyst John Janedis. Game delays, too much advertising and protests by players were cited as reasons that viewership fell in 2016, a J.D. Power survey found.

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NFL, John Janedis
9/21/2017

Music streaming continues to show steady growth, climbing to $4 billion in retail revenues, per a report from the Recording Industry Association of America. The report also showed that paid subscriptions are up over 10 million from figures reported last year.

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Variety
9/21/2017

Media groups are urging congressional Democrats to continue delaying the reconfirmation of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. The critics say that questions about Sinclair's merger with Tribune must be answered before Pai is reconfirmed.

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