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FCC Adopts New Rules for Spectrum above 95 GHz in Branded “Spectrum Horizons” Initiative

ARRL News - 4 hours 53 min ago

The FCC has adopted new rules to encourage development of new communication technologies and expedite the deployment of new services above 95 GHz. The action was the latest move in the Commission’s “Spectrum Horizons” branded initiative.

“This spectrum has long been considered the outermost horizon of the usable spectrum range, but rapid advancements in radio technology have made these bands esp...

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Canadian Amateur Radio Interference Case Adjudicated

ARRL News - 7 hours 12 min ago

Interference from what ISED, Canada’s telecommunications regulator, called an individual “operating an Amateur Radio station without proper authorization and was known to insult, threaten and impersonate other Amateur operators” has been adjudicated. The case resulted in a petition, which attracted 1,135 signatures, being presented to the House of Commons on January 30, and the Government of Ca...

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FCC Cites Amateur Service Rule Violations in Unlicensed Broadcasting Case

ARRL News - 10 hours 6 min ago

An FCC Enforcement Bureau Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NoUO) issued last fall to a California Technician-class licensee for alleged unlicensed FM broadcasting on 95.7 MHz now has been upgraded to a Notice of Violation (NoV) that cites violations of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. The March 15 NoV sent to Daryl Thomas, KE6MWS, of Carmichael, also specifically acknowledges Thomas as an Amat...

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Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

Channel 10 news - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 23:47

Disney has closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment business, putting "Cinderella," ''The Simpsons," ''Star Wars" and "Dr. Strange" under one corporate roof.

The deal is likely to shake up the media landscape. Among other things, it paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. It will also likely lead to layoffs in the thousands, thanks to duplication in Fox and Disney film-production staff.

By buying the studios behind "The Simpsons" and X-Men, Disney aims to better compete with technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix for viewers' attention - and dollars.

Disney needs compelling TV shows and movies to persuade viewers to sign up and pay for yet another streaming service. It already has classic Disney cartoons, "Star Wars," Pixar, the Muppets and some of the Marvel characters. With Fox, Disney could add Marvel's X-Men and Deadpool, along with programs shown on such Fox channels as FX Networks and National Geographic. Fox's productions also include "The Americans," ''This Is Us" and "Modern Family."

The deal helps Disney further control TV shows and movies from start to finish - from creating the programs to distributing them though television channels, movie theaters, streaming services and other ways people watch entertainment. Disney would get valuable data on customers and their entertainment-viewing habits, which it can then use to sell advertising.

Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an earnings call in February that Disney Plus and other direct-to-consumer businesses are Disney's "No. 1 priority."

Cable and telecom companies have been buying the companies that make TV shows and movies to compete in a changing media landscape. Although internet providers like AT&T and Comcast directly control their customers' access to the internet in a way that Amazon, YouTube and Netflix do not, they still face threats as those streaming services gain in popularity.

AT&T bought Time Warner last year for $81 billion and has already launched its own streaming service, Watch TV, with Time Warner channels such as TBS and TNT, among other networks, for $15 a month.

In addition to boosting the Disney streaming service, expected to debut next year, the deal paves the way for Marvel's X-Men and the Avengers to reunite in future movies. Though Disney owns Marvel Studios, some characters including the X-Men had already been licensed to Fox.

Disney also gets a controlling stake in the existing streaming service Hulu, which it plans to keep operating as a home for more general programming. Family-friendly shows and movies will head to Disney Plus.

No pricing has been disclosed for Disney Plus. The streaming service will feature five categories of material: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic. Disney charges $5 a month for ESPN Plus, a service that offers programming distinct from the ESPN cable channel.

Meanwhile, Fox Corp. — the parts of 21st Century Fox that are not part of the deal, including Fox News, Fox Sports and Fox Broadcasting — started trading on the Nasdaq under the "FOX" and "FOXA" tickers on Tuesday.

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Ft. Drum soldier found guilty of murdering wife, state trooper

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:00
Jefferson County jurors found former Army sergeant Justin Walters guilty of fatally shooting his wife and a state trooper back in 2017.
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Tri-Lakes Takes: Have you seen the Saranac Lake H.S. weather balloon? It's MIA

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:00
There’s a stray weather balloon somewhere between Alexandria Bay and Lake Champlain. It’s white, with a red parachute.
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North Country at Work Live!: Jon Kopp on the DEC's peregrine falcon program

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:00
In the 1980s, the Department of Environmental Conservation wanted to restore peregrine falcons to the Adirondacks. They would build "hack boxes," which protected the chicks from predators until they were grown. The boxes were four feet high and made out of heavy plywood. The technicians had to place them on sheer cliffs at high elevations.
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Gillibrand: "Post-investigation" errors in misconduct claim

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:00
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is acknowledging that there were some "post-investigation human errors" when her office investigated allegations of sexual misconduct against various staffers.
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Cuomo: Big divide in state budget talks

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:00
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says this year's state budget negotiations are particularly difficult because of revenue declines, the threat of big federal funding cuts and disputes with lawmakers over spending priorities.
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International water regulators stalled without a quorum

North Country Public Radio - Tue, 03/19/2019 - 22:00
The commission that oversees the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River works with engineers and scientists and advises both governments on regulation. But the IJC is out of operation without a quorum of U.S. and Canadian representatives.
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