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Video entertainment “should not be considered essential” says AT&T. Amen say Comcast, Charter 17 November 2019, by Steve Blum -

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For a company that paid $85 billion to become a video entertainment giant, AT&T has an odd idea of what’s essential and what’s not. In objections to a California Public Utilities Commission staff proposal, AT&T argued that “video entertainment” should play no role in determining what level of broadband service is “essential” and whether it’s affordable or not. It specifically targeted Netflix and ESPN+ as examples of non-essential services ... continue reading »

Fitbit deal tests Google’s willingness, ability to follow California privacy law 15 November 2019, by Steve Blum -

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Google’s $2.1 billion purchase of Fitbit will, if nothing else, be an excellent test case for California’s new consumer data privacy law, which takes effect in January. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) requires companies above a certain size let their customers know what kind of personal data is being collected and what it’s being used for, and gives individuals a level of control ... continue reading »

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