Wireless internet service providers are asking the Federal Communications Commission to include partial broadband subsidy payments in a future draft of
Affordable Connectivity Program rules. WISPA met with FCC officials on Jan. 10, discussing this issue and advocating that providers be allowed to downgrade service for people who fail to pay.
NMSurf is set to deploy fixed wireless in Santa Fe, using a variety of technologies to potentially provide speeds as fast as 600 Mbps. The company plans to expand the technology and possibly cover the whole state.
Lancaster County, in rural Nebraska, is looking to use federal funding for a broadband infrastructure project worth $12 million. The goal of the project is to bring wireless service to residents, schools and businesses in the area.
Price and speed requirements could make some areas that technically have broadband service eligible for American Rescue Plan Act funding under the Treasury Department's final rules. "[G]iven that many federal broadband grant programs are focused solely on unserved and underserved areas, Treasury believes that the final rule's flexibility enables these funds to fill an important role in the overall federal broadband landscape," the department stated.
The Federal Communications Commission has added consideration of mandatory "nutrition labels" for internet service providers, and penalties for carriers that don't comply, to its Jan. 27 agenda. FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said that the regulation would increase transparency for consumers and "increase incentives for carriers to compete on price and service."
C-band 5G service from Verizon and AT&T will go forward without any further delay requests from the Federal Aviation Administration under a tentative agreement between the parties. The carriers committed to providing the FAA with various data about their deployments and limiting C-band power in the areas of up to 50 airports, a measure they'd already promised to take.
People bought 8.6 million foldable phones during 2021, nearly triple the number sold during 2020, and Counterpoint Research expects this year's shipments to exceed 25 million. Foldable pioneer Samsung Electronics quadrupled its year-to-year sales in 2021 after dropping handset prices, though supply chain problems may cloud the immediate future.
Getting started on 2022 goals can include reflecting on 2021, combining big goals and small steps, and finding someone to hold you accountable, writes executive coach Elisabeth Hayes. "Your accountability partner should be someone you trust, respect and whom you don't want to disappoint," Hayes writes.
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee's failure to advance Gigi Sohn's nomination for a spot on the Federal Communications Commission has not deterred President Joe Biden, who has renominated Sohn for the seat. Sohn's confirmation would give Democrats a majority at the FCC.
Rene Villegas is leaving Amazon to become the chief marketing officer at Starry, becoming the first person to fill that role. The provider is preparing to go public, and Villegas is expected to lead branding and growth efforts, including #HappyInterneting.