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January 15, 2019

IN THE NEWS: ONLINE GAMBLING - COURTS

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A legal opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice could threaten the viability of U.S. online gambling that crosses state lines. The opinion, which was spelled out publicly yesterday, says federal law that bars interstate wagering applies to any form of gambling that crosses state lines — not just sports betting. This is a change for the Justice Department. Under the Obama administration in 2011, the agency said online gambling within states that doesn’t involve sporting events wouldn’t violate the Wire Act. That opened the way for cash-strapped states and their lotteries to bring online gambling to their residents — so long as it didn’t involve sports betting across state lines.

IN THE NEWS: HIGH SPEED INTERNET IN MISSISSIPPI

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A move to let Mississippi electric cooperatives offer high-speed internet is taking a first big step forward. The House Public Utilities Committee in Jackson approved the measure yesterday, sending it on to the full chamber for additional debate. The bill would let Mississippi’s 25 electric cooperatives to form subsidiaries to offer broadband internet service. Current law bars them from doing that.

ON THE WEB: SHOW TUNES AVAILABLE ON iHEARTRADIO

CYBERSPACE (AP) — If you’re into show tunes, there’s a new outlet that says it’s into you. iHeartRadio has launched its own Broadway channel. The iHeart Radio Broadway channel began streaming yesterday and is being billed as an alternate to the Broadway channel on SiriusXM Radio. The channel has a website companion that will provide news, videos, interviews and podcasts.

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iHeartRadio Broadway channel site: https://www.iheartradiobroadway.com

IN STORES: NBC LAUNCHES STREAMING SERVICE

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal is getting ready to launch an ad-supported streaming service soon. The service will be free to anyone who pays for a cable service — and for-pay for non-cable clients at a fee that hasn’t yet been disclosed. The NBC streaming channel joins a growing list of streamers. Others in the arena include YouTube, AT&T, Hulu, Roku and Walmart’s Vudu Just last week, Amazon announced its own free ad-supported service called IMDB Freedive. The NBC service will be launched in 2020.

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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