Monthly Archives جولای 2020

Broadband, Pandemic Powers Charter Q2

Cable operator adds video subs in period fueled by COVID-19-related offers

Programs aimed at keeping residential customers connected online during the nationwide pandemic helped fuel growth at Charter Communications in Q2.

Charter said it added 102,000 video subscribers in Q2, a reversal of the 150,000 video customers it lost in the prior year but entirely the result of programs like the Federal Communications Commission Keep America Connected pledge and others, where providers agreed not to disconnect customers for non-payment.

Charter said that 149,000 video customers signed up in Q2 as part of the FCC Keep America Connected pledge and 12,000 joined through its Remote Education Offer...

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Charges dismissed in case against Tennessee football’s Darel Middleton

The charges in the case against Tennessee defensive lineman Darel Middleton have been dismissed, according to online court records.

Middleton had been scheduled for an August court date stemming from his February arrest on misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and public intoxication.

“He is an excellent student-athlete, and all charges against Mr. Middleton have been dismissed,” Gregory P. Isaacs, Middleton’s lawyer, told Knox News when contacted about the case.

Middleton, 23, faced allegations that he twice shoved his girlfriend to the ground, causing her to scrape her knee. He was arrested after an officer responded to a call at 2:44 a.m. Feb...

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AG Barr Hails House Bill Banning Warrant-Proof Encryption

Invokes pandemic, child sexual exploitation
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Search the database: Which Tennessee cities and counties have the highest unemployment rates?

Memphis and Shelby County led the state with the highest unemployment rates among Tennessee cities and counties in June, according to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

But the impact of coronavirus pandemic-related business closures has caused unemployment rates to swell throughout the state, if unevenly.

Unemployment rate data from June is the most recent available, with rates for July due to be released in August. July brought spikes in COVID-19 cases in parts of Tennessee and other areas of the country, raising concerns about reopening businesses. The overall impact has yet to be determined, but some recent markers are grim.

In less than five months, 54...

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FCC Grants Brief Extension of 2.5 GHz Tribal Window

The FCC has provided a 30-day extension of the priority window for rural Tribes to file for free 2.5 GHz 5G spectrum before the FCC auctions it. 

That window opened Feb. 3 and the FCC said it has over 200 applications for the spectrum already. The window was supposed to close Aug. 3, but will now remain open until Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. 

Related: FCC Grants Navajo Nation Special Access to 2.5 GHz Spectrum

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe that it is appropriate to extend the application deadline by 30 days,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai in announcing the extension. 

Some Tribal entities and others had sought a six-month extension, citing the challenge of filing while dealing with a pandemic that is hitting Tribal areas particularly hard...

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Fox News Grabs July Cable Ratings Crown

With July win, Fox News remains undefeated on a monthly basis in primetime, total day in 2020
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Big Tech Takes Big Swing at 6 GHz Recon Petitions

Three of Big Tech’s biggest, Facebook, Apple and Google, have joined with Microsoft, Cisco and others to add their voices to the computer and cable chorus asking the FCC not to reconsider its decision to open the entire 6 GHz band to low-power unlicensed–broadband access–devices. 

NCTA Tells FCC to Reject Recon Petitions

That came in a filing at the FCC opposing the petitions for reconsideration filed by Verizon, CTIA, the Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition and The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International, Inc. (APCO). (APCO withdrew that petition this week without explanation. An APCO attorney had not returned a request for comment at press time.). 

Cable broadband operators have also asked the FCC to reject the petitions and proceed with freeing u...

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Teen mom still behind bars but no charges filed so far in death of toddler Evelyn Boswell

Nearly five months after the body of a missing Sullivan County toddler was found in her grandfather’s shed, authorities still haven’t sought charges in the death.

The body of 15-month-old Evelyn Mae Boswell was discovered inside a shed owned by grandfather Tommy Boswell Sr., on March 6 – just a few weeks after he reported her missing.

In the months since, the child’s teenaged mother, Megan Boswell, has been locked up on charges she lied about her daughter’s whereabouts and records about her daughter’s death have been kept under seal.

Authorities haven’t disclosed how, when, under what circumstances and in whose custody the toddler died.

Megan Boswell’s attorney, Brad Sproles, has been pushing Sull...

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Liberty DeVitto: Billy Joel’s Big Beat Man Remembers

For nearly 30 years, he provided the big backbeat behind Billy Joel as a core member of his band for hundreds of concerts around the world and on a string of hugely successful records. The two also formed a deep personal relationship, enjoying good times and the vast fruits of their success. Not too bad for a guy whose sixth grade music teacher once told him “Put down the sticks – you’ll never do anything with them!”

But it all came to an abrupt halt when Liberty DeVitto discovered that he wasn’t invited to Joel’s (third) wedding in 2004. And when the Piano Man went back on the road, DeVitto’s phone remained silent. Lawsuits were filed about royalties and song credits, and the two only communicated through lawyers...

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Reese Schonfeld, Force Behind CNN and Food Network Launches, Has Died

Teamed with Ted Turner to create 24-hour news net
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