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7/7/2020

The Supreme Court strengthened a law that forbids making automated calls to cellphones by striking down a 2015 amendment that exempted government debt collectors. First Amendment concerns formed the basis of the 7-2 decision, the court said that the exemption favored one form of speech over others.

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7/7/2020

DISH Network has confirmed that it will buy spectrum in the 800MHz from T-Mobile in 2023, and to let the carrier use part of it until 2025. The deal, which DISH agreed to when it bought Boost Mobile, will cost $3.6 billion for 13.5 MHz.

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7/7/2020

Verizon's decision to stop advertising on Instagram and Facebook was based on placement of its ads adjacent to content that violated the carrier's "standard agreements" with the site rather than politics, company leader Hans Vestberg told CNBC. He said Verizon decided to pause its advertising while discussing "how we can avoid this in the future."

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7/7/2020

The pandemic reportedly forced Apple to delay production of the iPhone 12 by between four and eight weeks. Apple, which had originally scheduled the handset launch for September, is working aggressively to narrow the time frame.

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7/7/2020

The Community Organized Relief Effort has received a $20 million donation from Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's #startsmall fund, bringing Dorsey's total contributions to the nonprofit founded by actor Sean Penn to $30 million. A lack of federal action means organizations like CORE need to fill the gap, says Dorsey, whose donations fund CORE's 38 testing sites in the US.

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Fox News
7/6/2020

The 3GPP standards group expects to issue "Release 16" standards for 5G at the end of this week. Unlicensed spectrum deployment, network slicing, better device location and more efficient battery use are among the variety of technologies that will become available for carriers.

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7/6/2020

Successful organization change requires clear guidelines as to what behaviors are shifting, the confidence and time to adapt, and support from co-workers not directly affected, writes Paul Thornton. "Each person in the target group must understand exactly what he or she needs to start doing and stop doing," he writes.

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7/6/2020

Parks Associates reports that viewers are watching about seven hours of video per week, compared with 3.6 hours in 2017. The study also shows that 74% of homes have one or more over-the-top services.

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7/6/2020

AT&T and T-Mobile say they will use millimeter-wave spectrum strategically in their 5G networks, leaving Verizon as the lone US carrier planning to deploy the technology extensively. T-Mobile's Neville Ray pointed to mmWave's utility as a "capacity layer" and ability to provide fixed wireless services, while AT&T said it would limit the spectrum to highly populated urban areas as well as businesses.

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7/6/2020

Dozens of rural carriers will join cable companies and telecoms, as well as Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T, in the Citizens Band Radio Service auction. The Federal Communications Commission has released a list of 271 applicants that qualified for bidding, which will begin on July 23.

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