Fixed wireless access is part of Midco's $500 million multi-gigabit fiber rebuild, which will also be a base for DOCSIS 4.0 installation. Chief Technology Innovation Officer Jon Pederson says that "if you combine multiple efforts you can build out your network much faster" and that supply chain problems haven't caused any major disruptions.
The Federal Communications Commission is looking at rule changes that would take on what some see as loopholes in the multi-tenant internet service provider rules. The new rules wouldn't prohibit exclusive deals between building owners and ISPs, but would require the companies to inform tenants about them "in plain language."
Comcast Business will activate 4G and 5G at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center early this year, the first private network the company is providing at scale. The project will leverage spectrum that Comcast has acquired in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band and use Digital Automation Cloud technology from Nokia.
CBS News will revive such classic series such as "CBS Reports" and "Person to Person" as part of an end-to-end programming overhaul and rebranding of its CBSN streaming service to the CBS News Streaming Network. The service will also introduce series with established CBS journalists as well as other original content.
Evan Rachel Wood's new HBO documentary, "Phoenix Rising," made its debut on Jan. 23 as part of the Sundance Film Festival. The film will run as a two-part series later in 2022, and focuses on Wood's exploitation and abuse by Marilyn Manson.
Discovery is reportedly weighing two alternatives for its spring upfront presentation to advertisers as it awaits regulatory approval for its merger with WarnerMedia. The likely option would keep the companies' discussions separate, but sources say executives are also preparing a combined approach in case the deal gets regulatory approval sooner than they expect.
Lumen Technologies will apply for federal grants to offset the cost of ripping equipment from China's Huawei Technologies from its network, the telecom confirmed. Lumen is hoping to draw from a $2 billion program that reimburses telecoms for replacing gear from Chinese vendors deemed to represent a national security risk.
Airline executives expressed optimism that telecoms will be able to go forward with full deployment of their 5G networks when the six-month moratorium of building them near airports expires. They predicted the airlines, aircraft makers, telecoms and the federal government will find a technological solution to prevent potential interference with radio altimeters.
State and local governments would be barred from paying ransomware under legislation the Pennsylvania Senate approved in a bill that also codifies the practice as a crime. The measure, which now heads to the House, also requires state and locally funded governments and schools to report data breaches within a maximum of two hours.
Smart city projects may take a step forward this year as communities race to take advantage of $500 million in federal money from the new infrastructure bill, experts say. Localities are reportedly preferring to build more functional projects that meet residents' needs.
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