FCC awards $9.2 billion to deploy broadband to 5.2 million U.S. homes, businesses

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said on Monday it has awarded $9.2 billion to provide high-speed broadband internet service to 5.22 million unserved homes and businesses, boosting access in rural areas. The FCC said in its “Rural Digital Opportunity Fund” auction that Charter Communications Inc won $1.22 billion to provide service to 1.06 million […]

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Japanese manufacturers’ gloom eases slightly in December

Sentiment among Japanese manufacturers and service-sector firms in December improved to its least pessimistic since February, as businesses eyed a slow and bumpy recovery from COVID-19 disruptions. Both sectors expect conditions to stay negative into next spring, with respondents’ negative comments about business outnumbering positive ones, which tracks the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) closely watched […]

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Duracell, Energizer end lawsuits over battery life claims

The makers of Energizer and Duracell batteries have ended two lawsuits accusing each other of advertising false claims to consumers about battery life. According to filings on Friday in Manhattan federal court, Energizer Holdings Inc and Duracell, the battery unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc, agreed to voluntarily dismiss competing lawsuits filed there. Energizer […]

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Trump admin seeks to allow polar bear disturbance for oil in Alaska refuge

The Trump administration on Monday proposed allowing companies searching for oil and gas deposits in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to disrupt polar bears living there. The so-called “incidental harassment authorization” proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would pave the way for seismic surveys in the refuge’s coastal plain, a key part of […]

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