A House panel last week passed an agriculture bill that supporters said would help rural areas narrow the "digital divide" on broadband access. The Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 calls for creation of a task force
that would recommend how regulators should proceed in bringing broadband to more cropland and ranchland.
C Spire has opened a store in Madison, Miss., featuring what the carrier termed a "customer-inspired" design that eliminates many of the normal retail trappings in a 3,500-square-foot space. The carrier said it built interactive elements and considered design that would draw in people across generations.
American Tower has reversed plans to counteract a trend of carriers pursuing alternative methods of building towers. The tower company, one of the world's largest, faced broad opposition to a program it began last month to discourage contractors from erecting cell sites within half a mile of existing towers.
The initial round of 5G-enabled phones will begin to reach the public early next year, with a projected 1 billion handsets available by 2023, an Ericsson Mobility Report predicts. The devices are expected to take off in earnest when third-generation chipsets become available in 2020.
Oregon-based Smart Mobile Techs has approximately 40 mobile technicians who provide on-demand repairs to smartphone owners throughout the Pacific Northwest. Owner George Kalomiris started the business when customers began visiting his wireless retail franchise to ask where they could get their cracked screens fixed.
Competitive Carriers Association was among the wireless groups that showed support for a bipartisan measure introduced in both houses of Congress aimed at freeing up more wireless spectrum held by federal agencies. The Spectrum Now Act would provide more funds to agencies to either share their frequencies or study how to deploy them more efficiently.
An Apache tribe has joined with a telecom group and several localities to urge federal regulators to reverse a ruling that exempts small cells placed on nontribal lands from historical or environmental reviews. In its petition, the Oklahoma tribe argues that the decision "will inflict serious injury" on the group.
Sprint has made a play to sign up more subscribers with the introduction of a $15 monthly unlimited, per-line offer, which is open to new subscribers who activate online. The promotion does not require a service contract.
Monster Buyback & Repair has relaunched its Chambersburg, Pa., store. The store not only offers smartphone and other device repairs, but also buys trade-ins and sells prepaid wireless plans and refurbished devices.
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