A top Huawei executive said the company's supply of processor chips is running low as a result of US sanctions, which require semiconductor manufacturers to get special licenses before selling to the Chinese vendor if their processes include US technology. Qualcomm, which is seeking such a license, says that the restrictions put it at a disadvantage with foreign rivals.
Anomaly Six, a federal contractor, can monitor cellphone locations and movements around the world via software from at least 500 of its apps, with affected devices numbering in the hundreds of millions. The company says it doesn't sell the information to government agencies, and that it follows all laws when collecting data.
Verizon has purchased spectrum licenses directly from nearly a dozen companies this year, with all frequencies below 6 GHz, reports Brian Goemmer of AllNet Insights & Analytics. The purchases, which also include some spectrum swaps, have come from large and small companies as well as spectrum speculators.
A new bill from Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would funnel $400 million into the COVID-19 Telehealth Program that the Federal Communications Commission runs and provide $100 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs for similar efforts. "The current COVID-19 pandemic has shone a new light on the broadband issues in West Virginia and across rural America," said Manchin.
A new law gives Georgia's Public Service Commission control over the price of access to electric membership corporations' utility poles. The issue of pole attachment prices has come up often as the state strives to improve broadband access in rural areas.
T-Mobile says it's now the second-largest wireless carrier in the US, with 98.3 million customers. The carrier added 1.245 million subscribers between the beginning of April and the end of June, the period in which it completed its acquisition of Sprint, and its revenues rose 61% year-to-year.
Internet providers in South Carolina can now apply for grants worth a total of $30 million to improve broadband access in 555 areas. Providers are required to put up 50% matching funds and show that the service expansion is related to helping families weather the coronavirus pandemic.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved the procedure for the auction of C-band capacity that starts Dec. 8. Partial economic areas will form the organizational basis for the 5,684 licenses that the FCC is selling.
T-Mobile and Comcast are helping Philadelphia bring free broadband access to 35,000 low-income families who have children in school. The $17 million plan uses Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to enable access via either T-Mobile hot spots or the Internet Essentials service from Comcast.
Verizon is partnering with Amazon Web Services to bring 5G edge computing to the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Boston. The companies will eventually open 10 server sites this year under Amazon's AWS Wavelength cloud-services unit.