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6/26/2019

Ligado Networks complained to the Federal Communications Commission that inter-agency squabbling has held up a plan to deploy its 40 MHz trove of wireless spectrum to provide 5G services. The company petitioned the agency to speed up its review of Ligado's plans, saying it was running out of time to use the spectrum.

6/26/2019

A group of four House and Senate lawmakers from both parties are sponsoring legislation aimed at allowing carriers to use a 100-MHz chunk of federally owned mid-band frequencies for 5G services. The "Spectrum Now" measure would require agencies to make necessary changes to their operations in order to release the spectrum.

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6/26/2019

T-Mobile is kicking off its 5G service with the release of the Galaxy S10 5G handset from Samsung in half a dozen cities where the carrier has deployed millimeter-wave spectrum: Atlanta, Dallas, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York City and Las Vegas. The company, whose long-term 5G plans are rooted in low- and mid-band frequencies, cautioned that the upper-band spectrum will have limited coverage indoors.

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6/25/2019

A security company contends that hackers have accessed and taken control of the networks of more than a dozen carriers over four continents outside North America and gained access to sensitive data about their subscribers. Cybereason says the attackers, who have infiltrated the carriers during the past seven years, could potentially crash the networks at any time.

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6/25/2019

Google has promised $1 billion in land and investment as a means of addressing the housing crisis facing the Bay Area. Tech companies such as Google have been accused of driving up rents in the region, and are facing criticism on other issues, making a contribution to the community a good public-relations move.

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6/25/2019

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wants to know why the Commerce Department and the Federal Communications Commission are arguing over whether sharing 24 GHz spectrum will hamper weather forecasting. Johnson requested data from the agency over its concerns in a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, noting that the agency raised its objections "at the very tail end of a 5+ year process."

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6/25/2019

UK physicians demonstrated a "robo-glove" that uses 5G technology to relay ultrasound directions and results between paramedics in the field and clinicians at hospitals. University Hospitals Birmingham, which helped develop the technology, said 5G's speeds can convey higher-quality images.

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6/25/2019

Cybereason reports that a multiyear hacking campaign stealing the data from twenty people around the world via a minimum of ten mobile carriers is likely connected to China. The cybersecurity company says that the attack uses the same methods as Chinese group APT 10, and the military, espionage, law enforcement and dissident targets were all connected to the country.

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6/24/2019

The White House has asked telecom equipment manufacturers if they can produce hardware needed to develop 5G network equipment without any assistance from Chinese vendors as part of a potential plan to require that 5G gear be developed outside that country, sources told The Wall Street Journal. Federal Communications Commission member Geoffrey Starks also wants the government to remove all Chinese gear that might pose a security threat.

6/24/2019

Eighty percent of women say they think they adapt better to stress than their male colleagues, yet more than half say they changed their leadership style to get promoted, according to a KPMG report. The report recommends women remain authentic and use their adaptability as an advantage.

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