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10/28/2021

Calix posted a 14% year-to-year increase in revenues in the third quarter largely from sales of the vendor's All Platform solution, the company said. President Michael Weening warned that supply chain constraints will continue globally throughout 2022.

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10/28/2021

The Green Bay Packers' 2022 NFL season will air on WRNW-FM in Milwaukee as the team departs from the airwaves at WTMJ-AM, where fans in the city have tuned in to Packers' games since 1929. The Packers' shift to in-house production and programming in 2018 means that the shift will not affect most broadcast elements.

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WTMJ
10/28/2021

Comcast's broadband services gained 300,000 customers in the company's third quarter, beating analyst estimates. Coverage of the Tokyo Olympic games helped boost NBCUniversal's earnings by 48%, with $10B in quarterly revenue, and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization came to $1.35 billion.

10/28/2021

The cable industry helped inject about $460 billion into the US economy in 2020 and accounted for over 2.9 million jobs, says a report from Bortz Media and Sports Group for NCTA-the Internet & Television Association. Cable companies employed 255,600 people, who were compensated a total of almost $26 billion, while adding $3.5 billion to state and local coffers via fees.

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Next TV
10/28/2021

The number of US broadband-only households will increase 42% by 2026, The Diffusion Group estimates, reaching a 54 million total. Currently 38 million of the 120 million US homes with TVs have only broadband accounts.

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10/28/2021

NBCUniversal reportedly has begun talks with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough to retain the duo once their contracts expire next year, and sources say the pair spoke to NBC News Group leader Cesar Conde about the issue. The discussions follow Rachel Maddow's multi-year deal extension.

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Adweek
10/28/2021

Ohio lawmakers took another step toward sending a measure to Gov. Mike DeWine that would ban the practice of "spoofing" from robocalls. A House committee voted unanimously to approve the bill -- which makes it a felony to "transmit inaccurate or misleading caller identification information" -- after the state Senate passed it overwhelmingly in May.

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Senate
10/28/2021

The Federal Communications Commission has meted out $15.3 million to telehealth related projects as part of the third round of Connected Care Pilot Program grants. The program, which will eventually award up to $100 million from the Universal Service Fund, has distributed 93 prizes totaling around $69 million thus far.

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10/28/2021

AT&T will supply high- and low-band 5G links to General Electric's Niskayuna, N.Y., facility where GE researches advances in telehealth, air transport and clean energy. The GE site is one of three campuses where AT&T
has set up testbeds.

10/28/2021

Political campaigns on both sides of the aisle are fundraising at a feverish pace ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, which analysts say could break midterm records and even approach spending levels seen in the 2020 presidential race. AdImpact research is projecting a total $8.9 billion spent on 2022 midterm advertising, compared to $4 billion in 2018 and $9 billion in 2020.