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10/1/2020

Companies from outside the US that apply for telecommunications ownership now will have a standardized question set, a 120-day period for initial review and specific certification requirements. The Federal Communications Commission approved the changes on Sept. 30.

10/1/2020

Members of the Federal Communications Commission have decided to allow commercial 5G use of frequencies between 3.3 and 3.55 GHz, a band previously reserved for non-federal amateurs and radiolocation services. Those with existing licenses can continue operating until an unspecified date.

10/1/2020

Advertisements that mislead the public about mail-in ballots or other types of voting, or that cast doubt on the legitimacy of the upcoming election, have been banned on Instagram and Facebook. The company previously announced that it will also remove both ads and organic posts that declare victory for either side before the results are officially calculated.

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9/30/2020

Cox Communications pledged to invest $60 million to help students who lack access to broadband services in a partnership with the non-profit group Common Sense Media. "We need to keep partnering with cities, school districts, counties and community-based organizations to get families connected," Cox President Patrick Esser said at a virtual press conference.

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9/30/2020

T-Mobile has switched on 121 2.5 GHz 5G networks, bringing its total to 210. Research firm Tutela reports that T-Mobile also doubled its reliance on using 600 MHz frequencies for data traffic over LTE infrastructure in the past year.

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9/30/2020

Apple's biggest mistake in its bid to become a major player in the TV industry has been its puzzling decision not to roll out a lower priced streaming device.

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9/30/2020

Verizon its bringing 5G Home service along with its new 5G internet gateway router to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, the company's eighth such launch. The telecom, which plans to introduce its residential 5G service to two more markets this year, offers gigabit speeds when paired with the new all-in-one box.

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CNET
9/30/2020

Fox News host Chris Wallace's efforts to moderate the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden last night have drawn mixed reviews on social media. The commission organizing the presidential debates said it would change the format for the next two meetings to facilitate more structured discussions.

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The Associated Press
9/30/2020

Reversals of previously announced decisions to cancel major college football conferences this fall could mean a big boost in advertising money for local radio stations struggling with declining revenue amid the pandemic. Radio broadcasts actually benefit from a limit on in-person fans, since a greater number of people might tune in instead of attending games.

9/30/2020

Cable companies can now leave financial interest information about video programming services out of their online public files. The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to a request from NCTA - The Internet & Television Association to do away with the requirement, as the information is already available in other public sources.

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