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9/20/2021

Cambium Networks, WISPA's "Manufacturer of the Year" four times running, announced in August that it had shipped 10 million of its millimeter-wave radios. CEO and President Atul Bhatnagar says that fixed wireless access can help close the "homework gap" that the early stages of the pandemic exposed, as well as addressing other forms of digital inequity.

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Wispa
9/20/2021

Providers are increasing emergency resources to keep networks operating and prevent significant damage to their gear as climate change leads to severe weather around the country. WISPA National Spectrum Adviser Richard Bernhardt says that mitigating the effects of climate change requires action from the whole industry, because "Wireless doesn't mean wireless at every point," and "Anything mechanical, where there is a weak point, that's vulnerable."

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Wispa
9/17/2021

The Federal Communications Commission plans to give Rural Digital Opportunity Fund money to 13 smaller companies that bid in the recent auction. WISPA member Net Ops Communications of Midland, Texas, was among the winners.

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Telecompetitor
9/17/2021

Pennsylvania's Greene County is getting $2.5 million in federal grant funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., endorsed the project and said it would "bring the county up to the standards that its residents deserve."

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Rep. Guy Reschenthaler
9/16/2021

The three major wireless carriers and Xfinity Mobile are offering significant pre-order discounts on Apple's four new iPhone 13 models, which all include the A15 Bionic processor from Apple and feature better battery life than previous versions. Non-discounted prices for the handsets are similar to those for the company's last flagship range, starting at $799 and reaching $1,099 or more with expanded memory, and Walmart is cutting that by $100 regardless of carrier.

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Xfinity Mobile, Walmart
9/16/2021

DISH Network has picked IBM to provide service management and automation software on the 5G network it's building. Marc Rouanne, DISH's chief network officer, said that the satellite provider's 5G connectivity may appeal to companies in areas such as health care and logistics.

9/15/2021

Claude Aiken, CEO of WISPA, says that Treasury Department guidance for federal broadband funding ignores fixed wireless access in favor of overbuilding wireline infrastructure. "I think inclusion of wireless technologies in some of that guidance is going to be critical to enable innovation as well as ensure that funds are efficiently used," he notes.

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FierceTelecom
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Wispa, Treasury Department
9/15/2021

A potential Federal Communications Commission ban on exclusive wiring deals for internet service providers has support from 2019 arguments WISPA made on the subject. WISPA cited a previous FCC ruling that "preempted the only law in the country that could be interpreted to mandate the sharing of existing in-use wiring," and noted that wiring agreements "act as a market barrier for competitive providers because MTE owners/managers may not know which wiring is exclusive to a specific provider and therefore will prohibit access to all wiring."

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Ars Technica
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Wispa
9/15/2021

Fiber Minnesota, SM Broadband and Broadband Visions have merged, expanding Fiber Minnesota's network by 60% to nearly 4,000 miles. SMB and BBV members have become Fiber Minnesota shareholders.

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Telecompetitor
9/15/2021

Vexus Fiber plans to begin construction on its $50 million fiber broadband network in the first three months of 2022, bringing access to at least 40,000 locations in Louisiana. The company estimates that the symmetrical gigabit network project will be complete in three years.

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