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Wednesday, October 22...

DISH Network Loses Turner Broadcasting Channels as Negotiations Fail
DISH Network is once again embroiled in a contract battle with a content provider. This time around, the broadcaster in question is Turner Networks, with which DISH failed to reach an agreement before the end of its previous accord. As a result of this, Turner has removed its stations from DISH's lineup. This included Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Espaņol, HLN, truTV, and Turner Classic Movies. Turner had the option to extend the existing distribution agreement it had in place with DISH, but apparently refused to do so. No mention was made of a possible resolution to the issue. However, DISH has historically resolved conflicts of this type within a few weeks time, resulting in the lost networks being restored almost instantly, once a new contract has been agreed upon.

Microsoft Confirms Plans to Drop Nokia Brand Name in Favor of "Microsoft Lumia"
Microsoft has confirmed that it will abandon the Nokia brand name on its future smartphones, and replace it with its own, TheVerge has confirmed. The company has released several handsets under the Nokia Windows Phone brand since its acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services Business. However, most members of the press expected the Windows maker to transition its lineup to a more Microsoft-appropriate name in the near future. That process has apparently gotten underway as Microsoft confirmed to the tech news site that its next line of smartphones will be marketed under the "Microsoft Lumia" brand. The company told TheVerge that Microsoft France will be the first division to make the transition, adding the new Microsoft Lumia branding to its Web presences, as well as its promotional materials. Other national segments are expected to follow soon after. The company did not divulge any information on when its next line of Lumia phones will be hitting store shelves.

New FCC Order Changes the Way Wireless Infrastructure is Regulated
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a new report and order outlining its plans to "promote deployment of the wireless infrastructure necessary to provide the public with ubiquitous, advanced wireless broadband services." Specifically, the agency will be altering the ways in which new projects are studied for their environmental impact, and the effect they may have on historical properties. Other changes include augmented rules on statutory limitations relating to state and local governmental authority to review infrastructure siting applications, as well as the introduction of a new exemption from the environmental public notification process for "temporary towers" that are in place only for short periods of time, such as those used during construction, or in the event infrastructure damage caused by a natural disaster.

... Michael Gariffo, Faulkner Information Services

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