Zayo, Everstream Solutions, Uniti and Segra have agreed to provide DISH Network with 5G fiber connections. The companies' infrastructure will cover about 60 million people in the US and enable DISH to begin offering 5G service next year.
A recent Government Accountability Office study recommends that the federal government adopt unified cybersecurity standards for 5G networks. The GAO calls for policymakers to back nationwide monitoring, support spectrum-sharing research and establish common standards and frameworks.
Samsung Electronics has no plans to offer an updated version of its large-screen Galaxy Note phone next year and will instead steer its resources toward developing foldable handsets, Reuters reports. Sources point to sharp declines in sales of flagship phones as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ajit Pai will resign from the Federal Communications Commission on Jan. 20, five months before his term as chairman ends. The move will leave the agency evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with Nathan Simington likely in the latter group after a Dec. 2 confirmation vote.
Ruben Verborgh, a professor of computer science in Belgium, says tech companies' "data collection frenzy" discourages innovation and "encourages unfair competition." Verborgh is working with the web's creator, Tim Berners-Lee, on a project called Solid to help consumers create personal safes for their data.
Washington insiders believe that President-Elect Joe Biden will probably pick Federal Communications Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel to head the FCC. Rosenworcel has won Senate confirmation twice, which will be helpful if Republicans retain control of the chamber.
Adobe Analytics data shows that online shopping is breaking records, earning about $3 billion each day between Nov. 21 and Nov. 29. COVID-19 concerns are driving a significant amount of the activity, Adobe says.
The Pentagon is resisting a White House proposal for Rivada Networks to build a national network using Department of Defense 5G spectrum, sources tell The Washington Post. Rivada would lease the frequencies to private companies and give the government a share of the proceeds.
Bluetooth-based contact-tracing apps are available in at least 15 states and Washington, D.C., and millions of Android and iPhone users have downloaded them. The apps alert users if people they've been in contact with test positive for COVID-19 within two weeks of their interaction.
Gartner reports a 5.7% year-to-year decline in smartphone sales during the third quarter, and IDC predicts that the market will resume growth going forward. Sales dropped 20% during the first and second quarters of 2020, mostly due to the pandemic.
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