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12/3/2021

ESPN's "Monday Night Football" telecasts have now helped the network win the November primetime cable ratings race two months in a row, with Fox News, The Hallmark Channel, MSNBC and Paramount Network rounding out the top five, Nielsen reported. The sports network drew an average of 2.8 million viewers, up 12% from November 2020.

12/3/2021

Streaming video service Future Today credits AT&T's Xandr ad sales unit with helping it breakthrough in a connected TV market dominated by larger providers. Xandr's Monetize platform enabled the company to triple its revenues year-to-year in the first half of 2021, says Future Today CEO Vikrant Mathur.

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12/3/2021

Comcast has bought a pair of small municipal broadband systems in Braintree and Russell, Mass., for an undisclosed price, as the towns say it would be too costly to upgrade their networks by themselves. The cable company will gain roughly 2,500 subscribers from Braintree Electric Light Department and an unstated number from Russell Municipal Cable TV.

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12/3/2021

FuboTV announced plans to increase interactive features using artificial intelligence technology from Edisn.ai, a company it recently purchased. The new platform will let fubo "better detect and synchronize play-by-play data feeds with live and time shifted action - such as goals scored - on the screen," said Chief Product Officer Mike Berkley, adding that ad tech may also improve as a result.

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12/3/2021

CableLabs, the Wireless Broadband Alliance and Intel recently conducted a successful indoor trial of Wi-Fi 6E using unlicensed 6 GHz spectrum, an achievement the WBA says proves the technology's potential for home use. Subways will join households as sites for the next series of tests.

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12/3/2021

Charter Communications was one of two investors in the latest strategic round for Falcon V Systems, a company that is working on network virtualization for distributed access architecture. Falcon has drawn up a diagram of a proposed multivendor DAA network, which would involve two companies providing converged cable access platform technology, and is also developing a MAC manager.

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12/3/2021

The House passed a pair of cybersecurity-related bills as well as legislation that sets up a task force to look into deploying 6G technology. One of the security measures would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to instruct the public about cybersecurity best practices while the other bill compels the NTIA to issue a report on mobile broadband networks.

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12/3/2021

Verizon Business filled out its network-as-a-service portfolio with Cisco's SD-WAN technology to provide enterprises with 5G connectivity. Verizon customers will be able to take advantage of managed SD-WAN with Cisco edge platforms and routers while also enabling private connections to Cisco Webex Calling, accessible through mobile or fixed networks.

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12/3/2021

Participants at the recent SBC Summit North America voiced concerns that the proliferation of sports gambling advertisements on television could result in a backlash against the industry. Some called for industry players to self-regulate so as to avoid government restrictions like those in many European countries, while others argued that ads are a necessary part of attracting and retaining customers.

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12/3/2021

A technical issue that disrupted some radio station websites' access to the Federal Communications Commission's Online Public Inspection File system has been resolved, the agency reports. The FCC says the disruption, which occurred during an update to the OPIF portal, did not cause any compliance issues.

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