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12/14/2017

Roy Moore and his supporters used accusations of fake news as a campaign tactic to try to get Moore elected to the Senate, but voters on Tuesday elected Democrat Doug Jones instead. The results are encouraging, as a victory by Moore might have resulted in candidates nationwide taking an anti-media stance to win elections, writes Margaret Sullivan.

12/14/2017

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to eliminate 2015's Open Internet Order, which included net neutrality protections, with Chairman Ajit Pai calling for internet regulations to be "driven by engineers" as opposed to "lawyers and accountants." The vote ran along party lines, with Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel stating that the decision "puts the Federal Communications Commission on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public."

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12/14/2017

Comcast is providing its customers with improved whole-home Wi-Fi with the launch of xFi Pods. These devices, which cost $119 for a pack of three and $199 for a pack of six, work with Comcast's gateways to create a mesh network to improve Wi-Fi signals.

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12/14/2017

The NBA on Wednesday announced that it will begin livestreaming games from its G League on Twitch, offering up to six games per week via livestreaming and on-demand. Popular personalities from the platform will provide in-game commentary.

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12/14/2017

Comedy Central has acquired rerun rights for all nine seasons of NBC's "The Office." The show will debut in a marathon slated to begin Jan. 15.

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12/14/2017

Cancer patients in rural areas will get wider access to broadband-enabled health care through a program established by the Federal Communications Commission and the National Cancer Institute. The public-private collaboration initially will focus on Appalachia.

12/14/2017

The Verizon Open Innovation Lab in New York City has opened for academic researchers and startups to tinker with 5G wireless communications technology. The telecom is leveraging its Intelligent Edge Network at the new facility under a partnership with the city's Alley colocation community.

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12/14/2017

The Justice Department is likely to approve Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed acquisition of Tribune Media if 12 to 13 stations are sold to alleviate antitrust concerns. The deal will still need the approval of the Federal Communications Commission to move forward.

12/14/2017

PBS has suspended talk show host Tavis Smiley after he was accused of sexual misconduct. Separately, ABC has pulled "The Great American Baking Show" from its lineup after its host, Johnny Iuzzini, was accused of sexual misconduct.

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12/14/2017

Comcast Senior Executive Vice President David Cohen emphasized Wednesday that the company would not throttle or block internet access after the Federal Communications Commission's vote to roll back net neutrality regulations. "Comcast customers will continue to enjoy all of the benefits of an open Internet today, tomorrow, and in the future," Cohen wrote in a blog post.

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