Randall Stephenson, head of AT&T, called criticisms from an activist investor a "mixed bag" while praising John Stankey, his recently appointed chief operating officer. Stephenson also asserted that the US is winning the global race to 5G, pointing to AT&T's plan to erect a national footprint by mid-2020 as well as aggressive 5G pursuits from other carriers.
The T-Mobile-Sprint tie-up will help get rural areas connected to wireless networks, assistant US Attorney General Makan Delrahim told a Senate panel, adding that the deal would provide "real competition to AT&T and Verizon for the first time to consumers." T-Mobile President Mike Sievert also told an investors conference that the carrier welcomes the competition from DISH Network that the merger would create.
Boingo Wireless will eventually introduce Citizens Band Radio Service technology for its networks at airports and other public places in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission's approval of initial commercial deployments of the 3.5 GHz service, company leader Mike Finley said. "I've been a believer in small cells for a long time, so I think this is just another way that it will be enhanced," he added.
C Spire boasted that its 5G buildout plans improved its current broadband speeds between 15% and 20% because of the regional carrier's need to install more base stations and new software in its LTE network, Senior Vice President Alan Jones said. He added that C Spire's use of carrier aggregation technology and other upgrades will also allow it to introduce voice-over-LTE service.
The Federal Communications Commission took a major step toward putting the Citizens Band Radio Service into play by approving five spectrum access system supervisors to oversee carriers' use of the 3.5 GHz frequencies. Verizon and AT&T are among the telecoms working with the SAS managers on initial commercial deployments, which the FCC approved after discussions with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Defense.
The four leading US telecom companies have joined the GSM Association's global push to fight climate change by disclosing how their activities are affecting greenhouse gas emissions and other issues as the first stage of a project aimed at developing methods to eliminate carbon's toxic effect on the environment, the GSMA said. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon join 46 other carriers in offering full transparency to help improve sustainability efforts, the trade group added.
Comcast, joining the ranks of companies looking to cut into Netflix's share of the streaming market, plans an April debut for streaming service Peacock, which will run both original and classic content. The service is expected to be free to Comcast subscribers, and a source says it might also be free to subscribers of other services.
California legislators last week passed a bill that would require companies to classify gig workers as employees, meaning the workers would be entitled to benefits such as a minimum wage, insurance and sick days. The bill, which Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign, has attracted attention from companies such as Uber and Lyft, but it would apply far beyond the ride-hailing industry.
T-Mobile has asked federal regulators for permission to extend its 5G tests using the 2.5 GHz band and wants to use Educational Broadcast Service spectrum in the experimental license. The Federal Communications Commission has already given the carrier Special Temporary Authority to conduct 2.5 GHz tests in Washington and Utah in a license that expires on Oct. 2.
We all gesticulate, so it's smart to have a plan for pointing at objects, clenching your fists or holding your hand out in a "stop" stance, among nine gestures Stephanie Scotti discusses. Avoid pointing at people, folding your arms or gestures that may be offensive to people from other cultures, she writes.
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