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7/23/2021

Las Vegas could use the fixed wireless network it built in December 2020 to become a smart city once the pandemic eases. Continued educational applications are part of the city's plans, which potentially also include sensors and telemedicine.

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7/23/2021

Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy, Justino Diaz and Lorne Michaels are the latest recipients of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' lifetime achievement awards. A live presentation will take place Dec. 5 and be broadcast later.

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7/23/2021

Senators have agreed that broadband funding in the proposed infrastructure bill should primarily go to regions that lack essential service, an aide reports, a move that addresses the concerns of NCTA - The Internet & Television Association and cable providers in general. Many operators reportedly were uneasy about the potential of companies overbuilding existing networks with federal money.

7/23/2021

HBO Max will air a minimum of 10 new Warner Bros. films exclusively next year, WarnerMedia head Jason Kilar recently announced. The streaming service is increasingly turning to original content in order to remain competitive with other video-on-demand platforms.

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7/23/2021

Comcast's Xfinity Flex, which currently has 3.5 million users, recently added Hulu+ Live TV access. The broadband-only platform previously integrated Sling TV and the Hulu video-on-demand option.

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7/23/2021

Comcast's XMF platform brings fiber cut detection time, previously two hours, down to under two minutes by using older optical spectrum analyzers. Engineer Venk Mutalik spearheaded the project, which monitors individual fiber performance.

7/23/2021

My Paranormal Network will debut on July 26 with a series of 13 original eerie podcasts by well-known genre personalities. The online service will also offer videos and host exclusive fan events.

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Variety
7/23/2021

The Wireless Infrastructure Association is asking Congress to consider all available broadband technologies, including fixed wireless access, to ensure quick connectivity expansion. A study the organization conducted found that bringing fiber connectivity to 90% of homes would require a decade and $70 billion beyond the amount that the US has already spent, whereas wireless access takes between a few days and 18 months.

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Broadband Breakfast
7/23/2021

Colt Technology Services collaborated with Versa Networks to provide greater protection for people working remotely through Colt's software-defined wide-area network offerings. Versa offers secure access service edge technology.

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7/23/2021

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, participating in a recent Protocol discussion, stated that fixed wireless access with 5G is a crucial element in narrowing the digital divide. Maria Martinez of Cisco also credited 5G and Wi-Fi with enabling access in rural areas.

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