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Inside the White House, a Gun Industry Lobbyist Delivers for His Former Patrons

By Michael LaForgia and Kenneth P. Vogel

The Trump administration lifted a ban on sales of silencers to private overseas buyers that was intended to protect U.S. troops from ambushes. The change was championed by a lawyer for the president who had worked for a firearms trade group.

Don’t Call Him Machine Gun Kelly

By Alexis Soloski

The rapper and actor has a real name: Colson Baker. And he’s finding his voice during the lockdown.

2 Officers Face Murder Charges After Using Taser on Man More Than 50 Times, Officials Say

By Michael Levenson

Court records said that the “dangerous and unnecessary tasing” by two officers in Wilson, Okla., was a “substantial factor” in the death of Jared Lakey, 28, a year ago.

Trump Didn’t β€˜Send In the Troops.’ They Were Already There.

By C. J. Chivers

Police officers today can turn out with more weaponry than I had in 1992, as a Marine deployed to a burning Los Angeles. What does it mean to project this much force at home?

Georgia Police Department Faces Backlash for Detaining Teenagers at Gunpoint

By Derrick Bryson Taylor

The Clayton County Police Department released body camera footage of the incident. Police Chief Kevin Roberts said the officer did not violate policy or training.

What Should Be Done About the Police?

By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens

From abolition to reinforcement, there are a lot of different ways to think through the problem.

First-Time Gun Owners at Risk for Suicide, Major Study Confirms

By Benedict Carey

Men were eight times as likely to kill themselves by gunshot than non-owners. Women were 35 times as likely.

LIWEST to launch IPTV service with Ocilion

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Austrian cable operator LIWEST will roll out a new multiscreen TV service on December 1, 2018 in cooperation with Austrian IPTV service provider Ocilion.

‘LIWEST läuft’ (translated ‘LIWEST up and runnig’) offers more than 90 TV channels, many of them in HD quality, 7-day replay, live pause and an online recorder with 20 hours storage capacity which can be increased to 100 hours.

Access is possible on smartphones and tablets via an app (iOS/Android), through Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV as well as via the Ultra HD-capable ‘LIWEST läuft’ box.

Internet and TV customers of LIWEST pay €3.90 per month for the TV offer based on Ocilion’s IPTV solution, pure internet customers pay €7.90 per month. The box can be rented for €3.90 per month.

“With ‘LIWEST läuft’ and the ‘LIWEST läuft’-Box we set new benchmarks for our customers: Television, when and where they want it. This is our response to the needs of our customers, who are becoming increasingly mobile and flexible,” LIWEST’s managing director Günther Singer said in Linz.

LIWEST serves over 131,000 customers in Upper Austria with TV, telephony, internet and mobile communications. The collaboration with Ocilion was announced in September 2018.

UPC Switzerland strengthens management team

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC has started a programme to improve quality and drive customer satisfaction by improving the customer proposition and by simplifying and digitising the processes both in the consumer and business segments.

With the multi-year programme, which is backed by significant investments in products and systems, the Liberty Global subsidiary aims to strengthen its position in the competition with IPTV operators, in particular incumbent telco Swisscom, which has led to declining revenues.

Urs Reinhard has been appointed Chief Digital Officer, responsible for driving the digital transformation. In this newly created role, Reinhard will be responsible for accelerating the digital agenda and driving change across the whole organisation, moving UPC towards a truly agile and digital company. He was previously a partner with The Boston Consulting Group, led UPC’s strategy & M&A teams and for the last year was responsible for sales and customer operations.

Hélia Burgunder will join UPC as Chief Customer Officer. The last three years Burgunder has directed the sales department at Swiss telco Swisscom, including the shops network. The 48-year-old Swiss citizen will assume her new role in spring 2019. She will coordinate the customer-facing activities with a strong focus on sales and customer operations.

Stefan Fuchs has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. In this new role he will oversee customer value proposition, experience and value management as well as products, content, business intelligence and brand & marcom. Fuchs joined UPC in September 2018 as Vice President Marketing. He has been part of the group for over ten years and held executive marketing positions at Unitymedia in Germany, Virgin Media in the UK as well as Liberty Global in Amsterdam.

UPC Switzerland strengthens management team

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Switzerland’s largest cable operator UPC has started a programme to improve quality and drive customer satisfaction by improving the customer proposition and by simplifying and digitising the processes both in the consumer and business segments.

With the multi-year programme, which is backed by significant investments in products and systems, the Liberty Global subsidiary aims to strengthen its position in the competition with IPTV operators, in particular incumbent telco Swisscom, which has led to declining revenues.

Urs Reinhard has been appointed Chief Digital Officer, responsible for driving the digital transformation. In this newly created role, Reinhard will be responsible for accelerating the digital agenda and driving change across the whole organisation, moving UPC towards a truly agile and digital company. He was previously a partner with The Boston Consulting Group, led UPC’s strategy & M&A teams and for the last year was responsible for sales and customer operations.

Hélia Burgunder will join UPC as Chief Customer Officer. The last three years Burgunder has directed the sales department at Swiss telco Swisscom, including the shops network. The 48-year-old Swiss citizen will assume her new role in spring 2019. She will coordinate the customer-facing activities with a strong focus on sales and customer operations.

Stefan Fuchs has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. In this new role he will oversee customer value proposition, experience and value management as well as products, content, business intelligence and brand & marcom. Fuchs joined UPC in September 2018 as Vice President Marketing. He has been part of the group for over ten years and held executive marketing positions at Unitymedia in Germany, Virgin Media in the UK as well as Liberty Global in Amsterdam.

Regulator objects to A1 Telekom Austria’s zero-rating service

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Austrian telco A1 Telekom Austria must make adjustments to its zero-rating tariff option Free Stream.

The Austrian Telekom-Control Commission (TKK) decided after examining the offer that the throttling of the bandwidth during video streaming (“traffic shaping”) violates the EU rules on net neutrality. The rules prohibit such “disadvantageous traffic management measures” in customers’ data streams, according to TKK.

In the opinion of the regulator, the product Free Stream itself, however, does not violate the EU’s net neutrality rules as not deducting the data traffic generated by certain services from the customer’s data allowance is not explicitly prohibited, but permissible within certain limits.

“It’s an important task of the national regulatory authorities to examine whether the rules of the EU’s regulation on net neutrality are being complied with,” said Austrian telecoms regulator Johannes Gungl. “With this decision, TKK is in line with the regulatory authorities of other EU member states.”

With the Free Stream tariff option launched in mid-November 2017, A1 mobile customers can use selected video and music streaming services without using up the data volume included in their tariff. According to the telco, any interested legal streaming provider can join the partner programme.

A1 Telekom Austria has to terminate the proscribed video bandwidth throttling within a period of eight weeks from the date of delivery of the regulator’s notification. The telco stresses that it reserves the right to take legal action against the regulatory decision as it does not share its legal view.

Zero-rating is also a controversial issue in neighbouring Germany: The German Federal Network Agency recently prohibited parts of Deutsche Telekom’s zero-rating service StreamOn. Vodafone’s counterpart Vodafone Pass is still being examined by the authority.

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