Speakers at a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing last week touted South Dakota's efforts to build next-generation 5G networks, and Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said the state "is leading the way in 5G." Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said the city wants "fair" compensation for reviewing carriers' plans in return for a "reasonable" time frame to analyze them.
Gerald Patterson, owner of Busted Cell Repair and Services, opened the Tupelo, Miss., cellphone repair shop after learning how to fix phones as a Best Buy Mobile employee. Patterson, who also likes to teach customers how to better use the features of their phones, hopes to franchise his company one day.
A new Apple feature allows users in the US to download their data from interactions across all the company's services, an option that users in the EU have had since May. This is the latest aspect of Apple's growing focus on responding to consumer privacy concerns.
T-Mobile's Bellevue, Wash., headquarters will get access to regional solar and wind power via the Green Direct program from Puget Sound Energy as a move toward the company becoming fully dependent on renewable energy by 2021. The carrier said the move would save it "millions of dollars in energy costs."
Samsung has begun using extreme ultraviolet chipmaking technology for its 7-nanometer chips that will reduce transistors by 40%. The technology will provide a 20% performance increase while reducing power consumption by as much as half, an upgrade that Samsung will likely use in its upcoming Exynos mobile chips.
Several regional wireless carriers have begun making moves toward installing 5G networks, said an executive from Ericsson, a vendor that last week helped Cellcom demonstrate its own budding 5G system in Green Bay, Wis. A number of these carriers will be taking part in the government's upcoming 28 megahertz and 24 MHz spectrum auctions.
DISH Network says it hopes to quiet analyst skepticism that it will be able to start offering NB-IoT wireless service by March 2020, which would allow it to hold on to spectrum licenses, by spending up to $1 billion to complete the initial phase of its network. At least one analyst believes DISH should sell its spectrum to a cable company.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai criticized carriers for not restoring communications services quickly enough in the regions hit by Hurricane Michael. Verizon Wireless assured the FCC that it will provide three-month service credits in Florida's Gulf and Bay counties.
Ericsson, Nokia and Telrad are among the vendors that have continued to emphasize LTE network growth via private wireless and/or fixed wireless access. Companies such as Southern Linc and Elektro have opted for private LTE networks, and AT&T is attempting to add 2.3 GHz-spectrum FWA services for as many as 1.1 million customers in 18 states.
NCTA-The Internet & Television Association has asked regulators to make airwaves previously reserved for wireless vehicle communication available for Wi-Fi signals. NCTA has asked the Federal Communications Commission to begin allocating a large portion of the 5.9 GHz spectrum to unlicensed Wi-Fi use, noting that development of "talking cars" has stalled.
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