News of Note—NCTA, Spotify, Verizon, Windstream, more

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> The NCTA has asked the FCC to put “guardrails” on the proposed merger of Sinclair and Tribune, calling for the banning of new station duopolies as well as the ability for stations to jointly negotiate retrans deals. Multichannel News article

> Traditional broadcast and cable executives who have developed neck pain from looking over their shoulders will get some relief from this news: Spotify is refocusing its video strategy to stick to music. FierceBroadcasting article

> Verizon will have to defend itself against consumers who say they were impacted by a data breach occurring at Yahoo, which Verizon recently acquired. Reuters article

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> Windstream is giving its growing cloud customer base another way to connect to any major cloud of their choice via SD-WAN, MPLS, VLS or wavelength network connection. FierceTelecom article

> The wearable device market, led largely by smartwatches, grew 10.3% year over year in the second quarter, according to research firm IDC. And perhaps more importantly, the firm hinted that the category is now poised to grow into a “mass market” product. FierceWireless article

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