News of Note—CenturyLink, blockchain, FCC’s Huawei ban and more

news of note
Take a look at some of the other stories FierceTelecom is following today in the wireline market segment. (Pixabay)

> The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress presented to President Donald Trump earmarks $7.5 million to update National Broadband Map data, representing only a fraction of the amount allocated to the initial effort in 2009. Telecompetitor article

> Nearly two months after it announced it would hire 150 people to staff a small business sales center in Monroe, Louisiana, CenturyLink, Inc. reaffirmed its investment in the northeastern-Louisiana economy and its objective of bringing new jobs to the area. Release 

> Blockchain could be a vital tool in anti-fraud and anti-money-laundering efforts, as it provides a secure ledger for identification, according to a Forrester Research report. Computerworld article

This week's sponsor is Precisely.

Webinar: Mining the undiscovered market using location and data to target growth

Join this webinar to understand how to leverage global location intelligence and demographic data to boost revenue and customer satisfaction. Register now and learn more about analyzing coverage areas with address data and geocoding, identifying lookalike markets with globally consistent demographic data and layering multiple datasets to develop an accurate view of customers and coverage areas.

> The cloud-based contact center market is expected to grow from $6.8 billion in 2017 to $20.9 billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.2% during the forecast period. Release

> The FCC is considering a new rule to curb Huawei Technologies from doing business in the United States, making it more challenging for small and rural service providers to purchase gear from Chinese telecom-equipment makers. WSJ article

Suggested Articles

Mediacom's 10G Smart Home demo showed that cable operators are poised to offer new services and applications that tap into faster broadband speeds.

DataBank announced on Tuesday that it has a definitive agreement in place to buy Zayo Holding's zColo data centers.

VMware is beefing up its cloud automation capabilities by buying SaltStack.