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4/3/2020

Wireless networks have performed well as cellular traffic has risen by up to 20% in recent weeks due to sheltering practices, carriers told Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Usage has shifted to daytime hours and has risen notably outside urban areas, with carriers reporting that voice calls have increased substantially.

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FierceWireless
4/3/2020

HBO has partially taken down its paywall to provide more than 500 hours of programming free over its HBO Now and HBO Go streaming services and apps under the #StayHomeBoxOffice tag. The WarnerMedia company has cleared every episode of nine original series, 20 films as well as 10 documentaries and docudramas in advance of its planned launch of streaming service HBO Max in May.

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Variety online, Next TV
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WarnerMedia
4/3/2020

A growing number of households across the country are reviving the tradition of using old-school antennae to tune into broadcast television programming, data from Parks Associates shows. Deloitte predicts that approximately 41 million US families will use broadcast antennas by the end of the year -- a figure Parks attributes to audiences' desire for local news coverage, which is not available on cable channels in remote areas.

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The Motley Fool
4/3/2020

Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, and his brother, CNN anchor Chris, are becoming fixtures on pandemic-related news television as the senior Cuomo holds almost daily briefings and the junior broadcasts out of his basement after testing positive for the virus. Andrew has appeared remotely on his brother's show several times, bantering in a familial way and helping viewers relate to the current crisis.

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The Associated Press
4/3/2020

Some smaller movie exhibitors, traditionally enemies of streaming, have begun delivering first-run films to sheltering viewers over "virtual cinemas," with most digital tickets costing about $12 for a multi-day rental. "We figured it was better to maintain a relationship with our patrons and distributors," said Greg Laemmle, who owns a Los Angeles chain of art-house cinemas.

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Variety online
4/3/2020

The California Public Utilities Commission still wants to enforce conditions for T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, insisting that the companies need its approval for the deal to go forward. T-Mobile says that the regulatory agency lacks authority to affect wireless transactions.

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Ars Technica
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T-Mobile, Sprint
4/3/2020

The coronavirus outbreak has pushed carriers to boost their capital spending budgets and invest in building 5G networks as stay-at-home orders have pushed wireless broadband connectivity issues to the fore. “It really is opening people’s eyes hopefully to how important this is. And when we get 5G, it’s going to be even more exciting," said Jonathan Adelstein, head of the Wireless Infrastructure Association.

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Politico
4/3/2020

Broadband networks are handling their extra loads and meeting demand, internet service providers told Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Pai said that ISPs informed him that traffic on fixed networks has risen by about 33% while wireless services have seen up to 20% increases in demand.

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Multichannel News
4/3/2020

AT&T and Verizon topped the rankings for US on-net fiber lit buildings, Vertical Systems Group says in its 2019 report that also lists CenturyLink in fourth place with Frontier Communications, Windstream and Consolidated Communications also reaching at least 10,000 buildings. The total reached more than 1 million buildings and VSG predicts the coronavirus outbreak will affect this year's figure.

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FierceTelecom
4/3/2020

The Federal Communications Commission will permit rural price cap carriers to waive some DSL-related subscriber fees in response to the coronavirus outbreak in an effort to keep people connected while they remain at home. Among the fees telecoms can suspend: those for late payment, installation and cancellation as well as those for switching DSL providers.

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