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3/23/2017

Raycom on Wednesday issued a statement directed at AT&T in the ongoing U-verse disruption, which started March 15. In the statement, the company alleges that AT&T is using the 23-market disruption to shift U-verse customers to AT&T's DIRECTV.

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DIRECTV, AT&T, U-verse
3/23/2017

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden is pushing forward to secure her role in appointing the Register of Copyrights despite a bipartisan legislative effort to change the law to require a presidential appointment backed by Senate confirmation. "I feel it is my obligation to ensure an efficient and effective Copyright Office to serve Congress and the wide variety of stakeholders," Hayden says.

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Congress, Senate
3/23/2017

Cincinnati station Fox19 Now chose not to ask Donald Trump about issues including wiretapping accusations and Russia's involvement in the 2016 election during an interview held before a rally in Louisville, Ky. Louisville station WDRB also did not ask questions on these issues, with reporter Lawrence Smith alleging that reporters were restricted from asking about them.

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The Huffington Post
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Donald Trump, WDRB, Lawrence Smith
3/23/2017

AT&T's proposed purchase of FiberTower would enable the telecom to cover nearly all of the US population with its 5G wireless spectrum holdings, a Federal Communications Commission notice revealed. The FCC was commenting on AT&T's request to transfer FiberTower's spectrum licenses.

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Light Reading
3/23/2017

T-Mobile US continues to resist testing 5G technology via fixed wireless networks, with Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray citing a poor business model for such a project. He recently told an investor conference that 5G-based technologies remain years away from commercial deployments.

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FierceWireless
3/23/2017

CenturyLink's experience in central office virtualization is behind its central office re-architected as a data center, or CORD, platform, which offers broadband DSL services. The product is an element in the company's plan to make its IP core network completely virtual by the end of 2019.

3/22/2017

Six Hollywood studios are pushing to make movies available for home viewing just weeks after they debut in theaters. Fox and Warner Bros. have proposed releasing films through an on-demand option after 30 to 45 days at a cost of $30 per film, while Universal is pushing for a shorter timeline of around 20 days.

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Variety
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Warner Bros., Fox, Universal
3/22/2017

A&E has announced that it will be bringing back "Biography" this spring after a five-year hiatus. Elizabeth Smart, Tupac, David Koresh, Biggie Smalls and Mike Tyson are among the famous figures who will be covered in the upcoming season.

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Multichannel News
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Mike Tyson, Elizabeth Smart, A&E
3/22/2017

The American Action Network on Tuesday launched a six-figure radio ad campaign to put pressure on House Republicans ahead of Thursday's vote for the American Health Care Act. The ads, which tout the differences in the new act and urge members to vote for it, are airing across 28 House districts on conservative talk radio stations.

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American Action Network
3/22/2017

Neil Gorsuch on Tuesday said he is keeping an "open mind" about allowing cameras in the Supreme Court and would like to hear all arguments regarding the matter. This comes after Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, reintroduced a bill that would allow the presiding judges of federal courts to determine if cameras should be allowed during proceedings.

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CNN