Jason Kilar, who was previously Hulu's chief executive officer, will soon be filling John Stankey's former role as leader of WarnerMedia. HBO and the upcoming HBO Max streaming service will be under Kilar's control, as will Warner Bros. and CNN.
The ongoing pandemic has upended the traditional strategy of building out new technology starting from business districts, notes RootMetrics Chief Commercial Officer Kevin Hasley. "If 5G networks are positioned in now-empty business districts or areas that are experiencing much less traffic thanks to Covid-19 usage patterns, 5G speeds won't matter to many consumers," RootMetrics says.
Spectrum and Sportsnet LA have ended a standoff that lasted for seven years with a deal under which AT&T TV, DIRECTV, AT&T Now and U-Verse will broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games across Hawaii, Southern California and Las Vegas. Future game dates are currently unknown due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and programming until then may involve condensed classic games and player profiles.
Comcast has earmarked $500 million for employee wages and benefits "where operations have been paused or impacted" by the coronavirus quarantines. Brian Roberts, the company's CEO, added that he and other top executives will donate their salaries to outbreak-focused charities.
The Federal Communications Commission could distribute as much as $9 billion for 5G connectivity in unserved rural areas using the Universal Service Fund. Allocation would take place through multiple phases of a reverse auction, which the FCC could use available data to hold next year or delay until more complete coverage maps are available in 2023.
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has scheduled April 23 for a vote on opening up 1200 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum to unlicensed Wi-Fi connections. A number of technology companies and NCTA-The Internet & Television Association have praised the move, while the National Association of Broadcasters expressed concern about potential interference with existing services.
AT&T and Microsoft are teaming up to leverage the Azure Edge Zones to bring ultra-low-latency edge computing to customers they both serve, Microsoft's Yousef Khalidi announced in a blog post. He said Microsoft and AT&T will collaborate to build an Edge Zone, a local extension of the Microsoft Azure Cloud, to Los Angeles later this spring.
Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is proposing rules that would open up 1,200 MHz of 6GHz spectrum to unlicensed use, with a vote expected April 23. WISPA leader Claude Aiken praised the proposal, noting unlicensed and licensed services "are co-equals, working together to boost the entire wireless-driven economy, and offering real competition where it is needed."
States can be valuable bridges between federal agencies distributing relief funds and unserved rural communities that need the money for broadband, writes Anne Stauffer of The Pew Charitable Trusts. Stauffer points to a recent Pew reports that details state innovations when it comes to improving internet access.
The coronavirus and emphasis on social distancing have produced a milestone in telemedicine, which has been around since the 1990s. Steven Waldren of the American Academy of Family Physicians defines the types of telemedicine and its general advantages and limitations, noting "the physical exam piece is still challenging."
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