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1/13/2021

Taking notes can help you record your thoughts and remember more, but the structure of your note-taking can provide greater benefits down the road, writes Scott H. Young. "If you have the structure you're trying to build in mind, as you listen, however, you'll be much more likely to pay attention to what you're learning in a way that benefits you later," he writes.

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1/13/2021

Kyle Malady, chief technology officer of Verizon, says the carrier supports the development and implementation of open radio access networks, but that technical and business issues will slow the transition. Open RAN will allow new vendors to "bring along maybe new innovations and new ways to do things that are at a more rapid pace," he said.

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1/13/2021

Everstream is adding 1,047 route miles of backhaul fiber across Louisville and Lexington, Ky.; South Bend and Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Cincinnati, Toledo and Dayton, Ohio. The company plans to add as many as 3,000 route miles in the Midwest this year to provide 5G fronthaul and backhaul for carriers.

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1/13/2021

The Federal Communications Commission will now let fixed wireless companies use small antennas to serve multiple subscribers in specific locations. WISPA Vice President Louis Peraertz said that the rules change "vastly increases the ability of our members to use customer locations to serve additional nearby customers in areas that lack other vertical infrastructure."

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1/13/2021

Netgear introduced its Wi-Fi 6E NightHawk Router at the virtual CES 2021. The new technology allows unlicensed access to 1,200 MHz of recently-opened spectrum.

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1/13/2021

GeoLinks has tapped the 60 GHz band as it expands fixed wireless internet. Skyler Ditchfield, the company's CEO, said that the platform has to move because of increased traffic in 5 GHz frequencies.

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1/12/2021

Verizon leader Hans Vestberg, delivering the keynote speech at CES 2021, announced that the carrier will bring 5G to 100 schools within a few years. He also touted 5G's uses outside of mobile download speeds, such as enabling augmented reality for sports games and museums and drone-enabled deliveries.

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1/12/2021

The federal government has earmarked $8 million for a pilot program aimed at bringing broadband services to rural areas of four states so that residents can receive telehealth services. The Health and Human Services Department awarded the grants to a pair of telehealth resource centers for projects in Michigan, Texas, Alaska and West Virginia.

1/12/2021

Bids in the previous 12 rounds of the Federal Communications Commission's C-band auction raised only $600 million total. The FCC will switch to seven 20-minute rounds per day starting on Jan. 13.

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1/12/2021

TrendForce predicts that smartphone production will rise by 9.1% this year, following an 11% slump in 2020 due to the pandemic, but a chip shortage may threaten that rebound. Demand for base stations and 5G phones has caused supply-chain bottlenecks at 200mm foundries, SurplusGlobal CEO Bruce Kim reports.

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