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1/27/2020

The ability of software-defined WAN technology to keep up with cloud migration and network agility may be waning as enterprises engage in digital transformation efforts, a survey by Cato Networks predicts. The global survey of 1,333 IT professionals found there was uneasiness about SD-WAN deployments in the face of digital transformation.

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ComputerWeekly (UK)
1/27/2020

A House committee has told the Federal Communications Commission that it is concerned about the agency's plan to take a chunk of 5.9 GHz spectrum earmarked for connected cars to use for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed operations. The panel echoed concerns by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao that the proposal would set back efforts to reduce traffic fatalities by reallocating frequencies that had been set aside for dedicated short-range communications.

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Network World
1/27/2020

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign is reportedly considering trying to change the debate host for the general election from the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit that has consistently served in this capacity starting in 1988. Trump is concerned about "bias" in the debates, while Republican Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., the CPD's co-chair, recently informed campaign manager Brad Parscale of the methods the nonprofit uses to ensure neutrality.

1/27/2020

Legislation backed by the National Association of Broadcasters received President Donald Trump's signature last week, authorizing the Federal Communications Commission to increase fines against illegal radio station operators to as much as $2 million. NAB has pushed for stronger penalties against illegal stations for several years, warning that radio pirates interfere with legal broadcasts as well as communications between air traffic controllers and pilots.

1/27/2020

Facebook has run upwards of 200 advertisements from President Donald Trump's re-election campaign that make claims about an upcoming attempt to block Trump's ad from airing in the Super Bowl. Media law expert Andrew Schwartzman says that the ads are misleading because Federal Communications Commission regulations say that the ad has to run, and because Fox, which will broadcast the Super Bowl, is run by Trump supporter Rupert Murdoch.

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CNN
1/27/2020

NPR host Mary Louise Kelly has produced an email exchange with the press aide to Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, showing that Pompeo's team knew she planned to ask him about Ukraine after his office released a statement criticizing her for violating rules of journalism. Kelly says Pompeo used profanity and demanded she use an unlabeled map to locate Ukraine when she asked him about refusing to support Marie Yovanovitch, the region's previous ambassador from the US.

1/24/2020

The Science Channel will take a look at an area infamous for the mysterious disappearance of aircraft and ships in "Curse of the Bermuda Triangle," a series that will debut on Feb. 9. The program will chronicle the work of the Triangle Research and Investigation Group, which will begin the show by looking into the 1945 disappearance of a squadron of Navy aircraft.

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TheWrap
1/24/2020

Local radio stations can and should be the lifeblood of their communities, and even small broadcasting teams can get involved and offer help where it's needed, says KCVM-FM chief Jim Coloff, whose station has received its fifth Crystal Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. Coloff says his team plans to make greater use of its online presence, videos and social media to continue connecting with the local community going forward.

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Radio Ink
1/24/2020

Longtime news anchor Jim Lehrer of "The MacNeil-Lehrer Report" and "PBS NewsHour" leaves behind a legacy of substantive, in-depth news coverage that didn't resort to glitz or flash to attract viewers, writes Paul Farhi. Lehrer, who delivered world news on television over 36 years, passed away this week at the age of 85.

1/24/2020

Comcast is "better positioned" than any other company in the world to make money from a streaming service, NBCUniversal Chairman Steve Burke predicted. He told analysts that he expects NBCU to sign distribution deals with most linear subscription television outfits to carry Peacock, which already has an agreement in place with Cox Communications.

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