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11/21/2017

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today will outline plans to roll back net neutrality regulations, a proposal that will be voted on in December. Pai is expected to completely repeal the regulations, which went into effect under former President Barack Obama's administration, sources say.

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11/21/2017

BCN Telecom has added Mediacom Communications, Suddenlink and Cable One to its aggregated broadband service. "The addition of Cable One, Mediacom and Suddenlink significantly enhances our ability to provide the nationwide aggregation of broadband services which is critical for multi-location businesses," said Chief Operating Officer Julian Jacquez.

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11/21/2017

A partnership among drone developer The Sky Guys, Nvidia, IBM and the University of Toronto has been awarded a $587,400 grant to develop drones to monitor toll lanes in Ontario, Canada. The system will combine lidar, artificial intelligence, and cellular, radio and satellite communications to help locate toll violators.

11/21/2017

Rep. Nancy Pelosi and the ranking members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Communications Subcommittee are speaking out against the use of the UHF discount for Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed deal with Tribune Media. The Democrats argue that the Federal Communications Commission did not have the authority to modify the national audience reach cap and that allowing Sinclair to use the discount violates the "will of Congress."

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Broadcasting & Cable
11/21/2017

The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block the $85.4 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner. Although several media groups and politicians are speaking out in favor of the decision, potential political meddling by the Trump administration -- including President Donald Trump's tweets regarding CNN -- could complicate the DOJ's argument.

11/21/2017

The White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump's radio address -- which last aired Oct. 13 -- is on hiatus indefinitely. "We're looking at different ways that we can revamp that and make it where it's more beneficial and gets more information out," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

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Voice of America
11/21/2017

Charles and David Koch are backing a possible deal by Meredith Corp. to purchase Time. Some people speculate that the move is being made because of the potential to make more money, while others believe that the Kochs are interested in the platforms that would be available to express their political views.

11/21/2017

CBS and DISH Network failed to come to a retransmission agreement, which has resulted in stations in key markets going off the air. Separately, Capitol Broadcasting Co. has signed a deal to bring its stations back to U-verse after being off the air since Sept. 13.

11/21/2017

Microsoft has deployed TV white spaces technology to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, helping some sites regain communications links after storms destroyed broadband and cellular infrastructure. In Puerto Rico's Utuado, Microsoft and its partners used TV white spaces to hook up a food distribution site, health clinic and university.

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Telecompetitor
11/21/2017

The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit to block an $85.4 billion merger of AT&T and Time Warner. AT&T's general counsel, David McAtee, called the move a "radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent."