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10/16/2017

Vendors need to embrace the idea of microservices and make advances on standards for providing virtualization services so Verizon can meet clients' needs, Verizon's Peter Konings told an industry conference last week. He compared the current situation to "selling a car with all of its options in only one version."

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10/16/2017

AT&T's merger with Time Warner will get one step closer Wednesday with conditional clearance from one of Brazil's antitrust overseers, a Brazilian media outlet reports. The report said AT&T would be allowed to retain its ownership of subscription TV service Sky.

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10/16/2017

Verizon is urging federal regulators not to reverse a 2013 decision that declined to impose more requirements on wireline broadband carriers under the Federal Communications Commission's Form 477 data collection program. Reporting more granular data than census blocks would impose "enormous costs" without much benefit, Verizon asserted.

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FierceTelecom
10/16/2017

The CDC is providing $2.2 million to UF Health Jacksonville to set up a telemedicine program for patients with HIV in Jacksonville, Fla. The grant, which will extend over three years, is said to be the first such funding for telehealth in an urban setting.

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mHealth Intelligence
10/16/2017

FM radio can be a lifesaving resource during disasters -- such as the recent California wildfires -- especially when cellphone, television and internet services may not be available. CNET's Maggie Reardon explains how to obtain free AM/FM access via a mobile phone.

10/16/2017

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai says the FCC may review media ownership rules before approving Sinclair's proposed merger with Tribune, says Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy. Reviewing the ownership rules could take months and delay the $3.9 billion deal.

10/16/2017

Ion Media has officially chosen "mandatory carriage," per a post on the Federal Communications Commission's website, which means the company will not enter into a deal with 21st Century Fox, says analyst Marcy Ryvicker.

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Broadcasting & Cable
10/16/2017

A bill passed in April 2016, during the height of the US opioid crisis, has limited the actions that the Drug Enforcement Administration can take against suspicious shipments sent by drug companies. "The drug industry, the manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and chain drugstores, have an influence over Congress that has never been seen before," says former DEA leader Joseph Rannazzisi.

10/16/2017

While President Donald Trump's tweets and threats against the media should not be ignored, people should consider them in context and be aware of Trump's limits regard things such as revoking broadcast licenses. "As many have noted, Trump is actually more accessible than his predecessor," writes Margaret Sullivan, who writes that it is a mistake to see the threats as harmless but that Trump's tweets give people a "real-time understanding of the president's thinking, such as it is."

10/16/2017

NAB Show New York kicks off on Wednesday, and 300 exhibitors are expected to showcase the latest in new technology and media strategies. Highlights include the Inspiration Stages, which will spotlight Next Gen TV and virtual reality, the new Podcast Studio and the Digital Leadership Academy.

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