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12/3/2021

At least four in every five WISPs responding to a Cambium Networks survey expressed optimism regarding the future, despite challenges from spectrum and funding availability, an increase from both 2020 and 2019. More providers than before are serving urban areas, 22% are offering Wi-Fi indoors and 14% include outdoor hotspots in their services.

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RCR Wireless News
12/3/2021

Tyson Curtis, CEO of Resound Networks, says the company is achieving downloads as fast as 1 Gbps over 5 miles with fixed wireless access in rural areas. Resound will receive $311 million from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which it will use to expand service in several states.

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Telecompetitor
12/2/2021

Qualcomm recently introduced the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which will be in Motorola's upcoming Moto Edge phones. The system on a chip includes enhanced artificial intelligence features that contribute to camera improvements, along with improved security, iSIM support and other upgrades, and should be in commercial devices before 2021 ends.

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ZDNet, PC Magazine, PCWorld
12/2/2021

Subscriber growth will slow in 2022, following a year in which carriers enjoyed substantial gains due to aggressive phone offers and a stimulus-fueled bump in consumer spending, said AT&T Communications CEO Jeff McElfresh. He also told an investor conference that AT&T's 5G mid-band network plans are still on schedule in the long term despite slight delays due to the Federal Aviation Administration's concerns.

12/2/2021

Gigi Sohn replied to questions about net neutrality and 5G networks during her Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing for a post on the Federal Communications Commission, stressing her willingness to put personal opinions aside when deciding policy. The panel, which gave acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel near-unanimous support for a new five-year term, is likely to continue the hearing until at least the middle of December.

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Senate Commerce Committee, Sohn
12/1/2021

A rule change championed by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has increased the eligibility for USDA funds to cover the cost of rural broadband infrastructure in Vermont. Now, all areas with slow internet service will qualify for the $1.15 billion ReConnect Program, excluding locations where the Vermont Telephone Co. offers fiber service.

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VTDigger (Vermont)
12/1/2021

Robert Clark looks at recent advances in fixed wireless access technology and how it will pair with 5G. Clark cites recent studies on FWA's growth potential and reach.

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Light Reading
12/1/2021

Mobile broadband data traffic is rising in large part as demand for video streaming continues, Ericsson says in its Mobility Report. Network optimization will be key to keeping performance in line with consumer expectations, Ericsson contends.

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Next TV
12/1/2021

Stanley Adams, who heads the broadband development office in Kansas, sees opportunity for the state to tap funding to expand broadband access, especially in rural areas. "There is a pipeline of funding [for broadband infrastructure] coming," Adams says, noting that nearly 300,000 locations in the state require upgrades to reach the 100 megabytes per second minimum standard.

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Southeast Farm Press
11/30/2021

Ensuring wireless carriers have spectrum access is among the most critical jobs facing the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, said Alan Davidson, President Joe Biden's choice to lead the agency. Davidson will testify before a Senate panel on Dec. 1 and would be the NTIA's first permanent leader since before 2019.

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