The Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act of 2020 would require that each state have a cybersecurity leader to speed up response times and improve communication with the federal government. The state coordinators would be appointed and overseen by the Department of Homeland Security.
Microsoft will partner with T-Mobile on a pilot project aimed at providing broadband access to schools in underserved US areas, the software giant said. T-Mobile will contribute free LTE service and SIM cards to power the Microsoft PCs in the program, which is expected to start in February.
Montana led the way in making broadband available to its residents last decade, moving from an 11% connection rate in 2010 to 86%, states BroadbandNow, which has compiled a report using data from private and public sources. Vermont, Arkansas and West Virginia also showed substantial gains.
Compensation for satellite companies is essential for publicly auctioning off midband spectrum, the C-Band Alliance argued in a filing to the Federal Communications Commission last week. The CBA asserted that companies that take part in public auction bidding should pay spectrum holders a fee, saying that it would speed up the process, avoid litigation and compensate current owners for the cost of their equipment as well as that of transferring the frequencies.
Government filings are illustrating Charter Communications' rising interest in bidding on Citizens Band Radio Service and C-Band spectrum to boost the cable company's Spectrum Mobile service. Charter recently requested approval from the Federal Communications Commission to conduct extensive testing of CBRS technology in Centennial, Colo., Los Angeles and New York City, and has previously indicated the potential of pairing CBRS with C-Band frequencies.
Ericsson is urging carriers to overcome their fears that e-SIM technology will make it too easy for subscribers to switch providers, saying that its new automated provisioning software may actually increase revenues. The company insists that not only is e-SIM inevitable, but the technology will make it easier for carriers to convince subscribers to add more devices and services.
Bids for millimeter-wave spectrum in the Federal Communications Commission's license auction have passed $7.4 billion in total as the clock phase nears its end. The 3,400 megahertz on the block exceeds amounts offered in all other auctions, a factor that increases the overall amount while bringing down individual prices.
A report conducted for Marathon County, Wis., calls for at least 32 broadband towers to be built to serve 89% of the county's homes. Jack Maytum of Design Nine, which proposed the infrastructure plan, told county officials that government grants will be difficult to obtain and suggested bonds and local partnerships as possible funding sources.
A public-private partnership is necessary to encourage broadband coverage in rural Maine, says Shenna Bellows, a state senator who is sponsoring the Maine Broadband Initiative. The bill got a public hearing today, and has support from Janet Mills, Maine's governor.
Goochland County, Va., is trying to improve its residents' high-speed internet access by adding hotspots -- six fire stations and the county administration building, which will also provide space for device use. The plan is to add more public buildings and recruit businesses to help address what has been a long-standing problem.
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