News of Note—Rural broadband, FCC, cybersecurity and more

august 8 2017

> Efforts to promote rural broadband have gained momentum on both the local and national levels with bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate requiring federal officials to find ways to use broadband to benefit precision agriculture. The Garden City Telegram article

> FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is calling for relaxed regulations for small broadband providers, saying the burdens on them are "staggering."  Broadcasting & Cable article

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> Novacap TMT, one of Canada's leading private equity firms, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Horizon Telecom, a provider of fiber services operating primarily in Ohio. Release

> The Global Center for Cybersecurity, headquartered in Geneva, will open in March, according to an announcement at the World Economic Forum. The Economic Times (India) article

> The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the program for Embedded Linux Conference + OpenIoT Summit North America, taking place March 12-14 in Portland, Oregon. Release

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