Broadband & TV
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7/18/2018

AT&T has tapped a Cisco edge computing product for enterprises, giving them a tool that offers virtual network functions such as routing, switching, firewall and WAN optimization. The telecom added Cisco's 500 Series Enterprise Edge Compute System, which is compatible only with Cisco's network.

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7/18/2018

Members of a House subcommittee recently debated a proposal that would let localities invest in municipal broadband networks. Republican critics of the Community Broadband Act characterize it as too costly for governments, while Democratic supporters say too many communities remain unserved.

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The Hill
7/18/2018

The Federal Communications Commission is to vote next month on a government-run incubator program that would benefit radio groups. Under the proposal, broadcasters that serve as mentors in the program could receive a waiver for the local radio ownership cap.

7/18/2018

Isaac Lee is stepping down from his role as chief content officer at Univision and Televisa. Lee, who has been with Univision for nearly eight years, plans to launch his own TV production company.

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Isaac Lee, Univision, Univison
7/17/2018

The Washington Post has launched a channel on livestream service Twitch. The channel will feature news and political coverage, as well as the series "Playing Games With Politicians," which will feature political reporter Dave Weigel interviewing politicians as they play video games.

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7/17/2018

A draft administrative order by the Federal Communications Commission alleges that Sinclair Broadcast Group's application to purchase Tribune Media may "involve deception" and possible "misconduct," Reuters reports. Sinclair has firmly denied wrongdoing, noting in a statement, "[A]t no time have we misled the FCC in any manner whatsoever with respect to the relationships or the structure of those relationships proposed as part of the Tribune acquisition."

7/17/2018

Media analysts, anchors and reporters are speaking out against President Donald Trump's news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump did not press Putin on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, a move that is being widely criticized by conservative and liberal media personalities, including Bret Baier, Chuck Todd and Anderson Cooper.

7/17/2018

Comcast likely will not make another bid for 21st Century Fox assets, and the company is now focused exclusively on acquiring Sky, sources report. With a Disney filing Friday indicating that Fox would need Disney's consent to increase its bid for the UK pay-TV provider, Fox appears unlikely to advance its bid further, as Disney might not provide such consent.

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7/17/2018

Nickelodeon has ordered 26 new episodes of animated series "Rugrats." Paramount Players has also announced plans for a live-action film featuring CGI versions of the characters from the series, which originally aired in the 1990s.

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Nickelodeon, Rugrats
7/17/2018

The 13-week Comcast NBCUniversal Lift Labs Accelerator began this week in Philadelphia. Local startup Orai made the top 10, as did companies from New York, Los Angeles and Toronto.

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