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7/22/2019

The Rustls library, written in the Rust programming language, topped OpenSSL in a variety of industry benchmarks, the library's developer claimed in a four-part study. The Rust-based TLS library offered speedier connections between clients and servers and resumed client/server links more quickly, the developer claimed.

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7/22/2019

Zayo Group Holdings will extend its Florida fiber network by more than 1,200 miles in Tampa as well as 1,000-plus miles in Orlando, the company said, adding that it chose the Central Florida communities because of the region's demand for high-speed broadband connectivity. The network will provide a backbone and more bandwidth to data centers, carriers and businesses in the region.

7/22/2019

CBS owned-and-operated TV stations were removed from DirecTV and U-Verse over the weekend in an impasse over retransmission consent fees and rights. In a separate negotiation involving The Walt Disney Co. and DISH Network, cable networks FX and National Geographic remained on DISH as the result of a temporary extension.

7/22/2019

The National Association of Broadcasters must convince members of Congress to discard STELAR legislation when it expires later this year, or failing that, replace it with a permanent act free of provisions blocking retransmission fees, writes Harry Jessell. The loss of the $10 billion in annual revenue broadcasters gain from retransmission deals could be the beginning of broadcasting's decline, Jessell adds.

7/22/2019

A number of legislators and activists are discussing various options for a new regulatory agency focused on privacy and social media concerns, saying that the Federal Trade Commission doesn't have the staff, money or authority to tackle big tech firms. The FTC recently proposed a $5 billion fine for Facebook's privacy breaches, a penalty some lawmakers say will have little impact given the company's vast resources.

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Politico
7/22/2019

Radio's share of the expected $6 billion spent on political advertising for the 2020 election is estimated to be around $400 million and sales teams should be acting now to cash in as campaigns ramp up spending, says analyst Steve Passwaiter. Radio stations should emphasize their ability to target key demographics and build relationships with local communities, Passwaiter adds.

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7/19/2019

Retransmission consent disputes have already caused a record number of local channel blackouts this year, the American Television Alliance reports, pointing to 213 times that local stations have stopped pay-TV providers from broadcasting their signals. This year's total has surpassed the 2017 record and last year's figure of 165 blackouts.

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Telecompetitor
7/19/2019

Don Johnson will reprise his role as "Nash Bridges" on USA Network in a two-hour movie under a deal with rights holder Village Roadshow, media reports say. Village Roadshow reportedly hopes the special will lead to a full series order, although Carlton Cuse, the creator of the original series, is not participating.

7/19/2019

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' list of honorees includes a television show for the first time ever. Venerable children's program "Sesame Street" is on the center's 2019 list, which also includes Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and Michael Tilson Thomas.

7/19/2019

Jerry Seinfeld dismissed the idea of bringing back his hit sitcom "Seinfeld," saying it would be "arrogant" to think he could recreate the show's success. Season 11 of the star's current show, "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," premieres this week on Netflix.

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