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2/20/2018

Wyoming's KEZF-FM is being donated by United States CP to the Dr. Michael Augustus Cultural and Musical Arts Foundation. Augustus, who serves on the board of directors at 21st Century Broadcasting, will receive assets from the station including the license, antenna and transmission line.

2/20/2018

AT&T has petitioned federal regulators to shutter a legacy Ethernet service, citing light demand as advanced fiber-based services take hold. The telecom wants to close its Access Channel Services, On-Net Ethernet Access Channel-Dedicated, although it said it would serve current customers until their agreements expire.

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2/20/2018

Sony is working with local taxi agencies in Japan to create a service that uses artificial intelligence to hail taxi cabs. The technology will help taxi agencies predict spikes in customer demand due to changes in weather or traffic and manage dispatches accordingly.

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2/20/2018

Although there hasn't been a shortage of innovation, a lack of standards for network functions virtualization is leading the communications industry back to a proprietary environment like that of microprocessors in the 1970s, Steve Saunders writes. The work on NFV has been both proprietary and political, and as a result, "we now have a jumble of incompatible approaches to NFV," Saunders writes.

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2/19/2018

Syfy is teaming up with ReedPop to become the exclusive streaming provider for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, New York Comic-Con and Emerald City Comic-Con. The network will host a live stage at the events and will stream coverage through Syfy Wire and YouTube.

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2/19/2018

Local radio groups are stepping up efforts to support the community after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. IHeartMedia's stations have provided continuous coverage and have connected with the community, while Cox Media Group hosted a blood drive and Entercom has opened up its phone lines for listeners to reach out and share their stories.

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2/19/2018

NBC on Sunday tweeted that Olympic figure skater and bronze medalist Adam Rippon would serve as a correspondent for the remainder of the Winter Olympics through TV, social media and digital. However, Rippon later said that while he was "so flattered" by the offer, he was turning down the role to stay with his teammates in the Olympic Village for the rest of the Games.

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2/19/2018

Peyton Manning is a top pick for both Fox and ESPN as a game analyst, sources say. Fox previously reached out to Manning and will likely try its luck again, although ESPN will reportedly now more aggressively pursue Manning to replace Jon Gruden on "Monday Night Football."

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2/19/2018

A federal judge is expected to decide Tuesday whether to grant a request by the Justice Department to block AT&T from using political arguments in defense of its proposed merger with Time Warner. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has hinted that President Donald Trump's relationship with CNN fueled the antitrust lawsuit.

2/19/2018

The American Cable Association has filed a document with the Federal Communications Commission seeking the elimination of Form 325 requirements. The form is time-consuming, and most of the information is duplicative or irrelevant, the ACA wrote in the document.

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