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Mexican TV Is Interfering with Rural Broadband in California

Across the country, 41 percent of Indigenous peoples living on reservations don’t have access to fixed high-speed internet, according to the Federal Communications Commission’s most recent report. Indigenous peoples living in rural areas are even worse off, with 68 percent lacking access to broadband. Some issues are basically universal: Reservations are less-densely populated, and as sovereign nations, telecom companies would need to negotiate with each tribe individually. But certain tribes face unexpected challenges that go beyond the typical. – Kaleigh Rogers, MOTHERBOARD http://ift.tt/2hmIMvo
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Plex brings its Live TV streaming service to Apple TV and Android, adds time-shifting

Plex’s Live TV service, by way of background, offers an alternative of sorts to the current plethora of live TV streaming services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, Vue and YouTube TV. But instead of offering “skinny bundles” that combine local broadcast stations with top cable TV channels delivered over the internet, Plex’s service focuses only on those stations you can pick up with an HD antenna you install yourself at home. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch http://ift.tt/2uYGCZt

See if your local TV stations can be seen on your streaming provider

An important caveat: Many services offer on-demand shows from those networks, often with a day or two delay, even if the live network affiliate isn’t available. But that doesn’t help much if you want to watch the local news or live sports, such as football. (Many local stations throughout the country also offer apps on Roku and other devices that deliver live or tape-delayed on-demand versions of just the local news, too.) – David Katzmaier, CNET http://ift.tt/2uDI4CD

Microsoft’s Plan to Beam Internet Over TV Frequencies Is So Crazy It Might Work

If you were born before 1985, you might remember the days when TV signals floated through thin air, delivering episodes of Married With Children to homes across America without any wires. Those TV signals still exist, and in between the channels, there’s unused spectrum called white space. Enterprising scientists have figured out how to turn that white space into a sort of super wi-fi and broadcast internet service to a many miles-wide radius. What’s extra special is that, unlike wi-fi or cellular service, the stronger TV signal can penetrate buildings and other obstacles. This makes it ideal for rural areas, where conventional broadband service is either unavailable or prohibitively expensive. – Adam Clark Estes, Gizmodo http://ift.tt/2uaHSdG

PBS will remain on the air in rural areas thanks to T-Mobile

PBS announced today that T-Mobile has agreed to foot the bill for public broadcasting’s translators to move to new frequencies, which they’ll have to do in order to stay on the air after the Federal Communications Commission’s incentive auction. […] Because the FCC isn’t providing funding for translators to be repackaged, 38 million Americans, largely in rural areas, were at risk of losing access to PBS if those broadcast facilities shut down. – Mallory Locklear, Engadget http://engt.co/2s6mB0S
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