Cable companies, industry groups and Google are asking Congress to intervene in the upcoming auction of 3.45 GHz frequencies. They say that the C-band sale's narrow structure discouraged participation and that new rules should involve the same arrangements as the 2020 auction for Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum.
The International Trade Commission has launched a probe into alleged patent infringements involving Lenovo's Motorola Mobility as well as Samsung Electronics. Evolved Wireless cited three patents in its complaint, and asked the ITC to issue both exclusion and cease and desist orders.
Jessica Rosenworcel, acting Federal Communications Commission chair, met virtually with her Mexican colleague recently. She said that the two discussed spectrum interference at the border, an issue which involves major telecommunications companies.
House lawmakers at a subcommittee hearing expressed bipartisan approval of extending Medicare reimbursement support to telehealth services even after the COVID-19 crisis subsides. Legislators, however, must still iron out differences over the extent of the coverage as well as timing and payment.
New York State may soon expand the availability of a program that uses digital cards on smartphones to verify users' COVID-19 vaccination status. The state tested the "Excelsior Pass" at recent sporting events in Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Google is partnering with two global insurers to launch the Risk Protection Program, which intends to cover cyberattacks and related risks for cloud services customers. At the moment, the offering is available only to Google Cloud customers in the US.
T-Mobile's plan to shutter its 3G network next January will disrupt DISH Network's Boost Mobile, the company said in a government filing. Boost CEO Stephen Stokols added that the move will force the prepaid service to speed up its time frame for migrating subscribers by 18 to 24 months and cost DISH "hundreds of millions of dollars."
Government and industry officials report that robocall scammers are using security concerns as a pretext for accessing consumer data. Tools to prevent cyberattacks, such as text messages, let robocallers pose as banks, software vendors and other legitimate companies.
Parks Associates reports that upwards of 12 million US households have dropped broadband and 15 million in total just use mobile service for internet access. The research firm cites cost as the main reason for the switch, as well speed, lack of reliable service and other issues.
A bipartisan bill currently before the House aims to increase access to broadband internet in rural parts of the country. The Broadening Online Opportunities through Simple Technologies Act would let each homeowner or primary lessee who buys a hotspot deduct $300 from their taxes.
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