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10/19/2020

Apple announced today that it is launching a 24-hour live stream of popular music videos that will also include "exclusive new music videos and premiers, special curated music video blocks, and live shows and events as well as chart countdowns and guests." Apple Music TV will be available to U.S. residents for free on the Apple Music app and the Apple TV app.

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10/19/2020

The U.S. Department of Justice is once again getting in the way of a possible merger between the country's two big satellite TV operations, DirecTV and Dish Network.
The New York Post reports that DOJ officials want time for fixed 5G wireless internet services to proliferate to broadband-deprived rural areas, regions in which satellite remains an in-demand option for delivering pay TV services.

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10/19/2020

Verizon has agreed to purchase Bluegrass Cellular for an undisclosed sum in a deal that would cover 210,000 subscribers in central Kentucky. Verizon, which said it expects to close the acquisition in late 2020 or early next year, has provided spectrum to Bluegrass to support its LTE network.

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10/19/2020

The New York Public Service Commission approved Frontier Communication's Chapter 11 restructuring plan and the telecom predicted it will exit bankruptcy early next year with expanded financial flexibility. Frontier has gained its needed blessing from 10 of the 25 states it covers.

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10/19/2020

The US is stepping up its campaign against Huawei Technologies and ZTE abroad by offering loans and other forms of financial aid to persuade developing nations against buying telecom gear from the Chinese vendors, the government said. The US Agency for International Development is leading the effort over concerns China could use the hardware to spy or conduct cyberattacks.

10/19/2020

SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket that will leading to the deployment of 60 Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit, providing broadband service to rural homes in North America. The Elon Musk company is getting closer to its goal of putting 800 satellites into orbit and the Federal Communications Commission last week approved SpaceX's bidding for Rural Digital Opportunity Fund grants.

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10/19/2020

News organizations are experiencing surging ratings amid the coronavirus pandemic, widespread protests and the presidential election, but executives are already preparing for a potential shift from television to streaming video. Major networks are ramping up investments in their streaming offerings in an effort to reach younger audiences as ad-supported on-demand platforms grow.

10/19/2020

GTT has agreed to unload its infrastructure division to I Squared Capital, a global investment firm, for $2.15 billion in a deal that involves the Virginia-based firm's fiber network, data centers and undersea cables. "GTT has been building its services business for some years but it hasn't reached scale as a global services player versus the likes of Verizon Business and Orange Business Services et al," said David Molony, an analyst with Omdia.

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10/19/2020

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is urging the Federal Communications Commission to fix its maps of broadband coverage and has submitted more than 2,000 speed tests. Manchin wants the maps fixed before money is distributed through the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

10/19/2020

The Federal Communications Commission is delaying rural broadband subsidies worth $9 billion while it evaluates data flaws. The delay is expected to last up to two years.