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9/24/2021

Paramount Pictures will put "Clifford the Big Red Dog" on Paramount+ and in theaters starting Nov. 10, after postponing its original Sept. 17 release date. The move is in line with leader Bob Bakish's stated strategy of sticking with 45-day cinema windows when major productions come out while introducing family films simultaneously on streaming.

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9/24/2021

Al Harrington, star of "Hawaii Five-O," died on Sept. 21 at the age of 85 after suffering a stroke. Harrington was Ben Kokua in the original series and played Mamo Kahike during the 2011 reboot.

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9/24/2021

The CEOs of Charter Communications and Comcast revealed that the providers are working together on offloading mobile network traffic in busy areas to Citizens Broadband Radio Service frequencies. Charter has announced plans to begin setting up a CBRS-based network this year, while Comcast's Mike Cavanagh has said the company will move more gradually toward the infrastructure.

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Light Reading
9/24/2021

States and tribal governments should give priority to projects that offer symmetrical 100-megabit=per-second service -- or at least 100 Mbps download speeds -- in awarding $10 billion in grants from the American Rescue Plan Act, the Treasury Department said. The agency also recommended states give priority to last-mile and fiber-optic projects.

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9/24/2021

Charter Communications is looking forward to a more active consumer environment because higher levels of churn will provide greater opportunities for the cable company to add customers, said Tom Rutledge, Charter's CEO. "We do well with prospects looking to change their services," he added when speaking to an investor conference.

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9/24/2021

An analysis of 2020 census data found that rural counties offering widespread broadband access had more population growth than those where it was scarce. Researchers looked at National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Federal Communications Commission reports to make the connection, and note that they can't tell whether broadband encourages growth or vice-versa.

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The Daily Yonder
9/24/2021

Federal agencies received a draft of technical guidance for securely converting 80% of their systems to the IPv6 internal protocol from IPv4 by 2025. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Trusted Internet Connection office issued the report saying the upgrade is critical for "enterprise network modernization."

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Nextgov
9/24/2021

Several national cybersecurity officials recommended to a Senate subcommittee that critical infrastructure owners and operators, federal contractors and agencies face fines, rather than subpoenas, in failing to report cyberattacks. Two of the three officials who testified called for incidents to be reported to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within 24 hours.

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9/24/2021

Attendance rates for addiction recovery meetings soared under a telehealth program begun during the pandemic at a University of Alabama-Birmingham's program, said UAB Medicine's Bronwyn McInturff. Staff provide coaching to patients who are unfamiliar with videoconferencing technology and personalize virtual care by using visual aids or breaking into smaller groups, McInturff says.

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mHealth Intelligence
9/24/2021

WISPA is asking governors to argue for a "technology-neutral" solution to the broadband divide, rather than focusing on wired networks, when distributing American Rescue Plan Act subsidy funding. President Claude Aiken urged state leaders "to fairly and equally consider the ARPA applications of all viable technologies, whether fixed wireless, fiber, or cable" and argued that they have the flexibility to do so despite interim guidance from the Treasury Department emphasizing wired access.

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