The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously voted to advance the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act to the House floor. The bill would order telephone carriers to confirm caller identity and provide more time for the Federal Communications Commission to look into operations that use illegal robocalls.
The narrowband internet of things has launched across the US for commercial purposes on three major US telephone carriers this year -- T-Mobile two weeks ago, AT&T in April and Verizon in May. All three networks deploy in the unused "guard bands" between LTE radio channels.
The beta releases of Apple's iPadOS and iOS 13 have begun phasing out the company's 3D Touch technology and replacing it with Context Menus, with the latest rollout having the most sophisticated version of the menus yet. The beta is now available to developers, with a public release expected soon.
C Spire is at the forefront of a six-month-old group that has introduced a website to further its efforts to bring broadband service to rural areas. The website is aimed at educating the public about the consortium's efforts to develop a model to close the digital divide, starting with C Spire's Mississippi base.
T-Mobile has partnered with Taco Bell to launch three co-branded pop-ups named "T-MoBell" in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, building on the carrier's "Taco Tuesday" Super Bowl campaign to boost downloads of its rewards app. The pop-ups will offer visitors limited-edition T-MoBell Freeze drinks, free tacos, themed merchandise and drop-ins from undisclosed celebrities.
A faulty research report from 2000 is behind unfounded fears that high-frequency 5G radio waves may prove a health hazard, say experts. The report, they explain, failed to recognize that skin protects internal organs against all but the most extreme frequency levels, and associated higher frequencies with higher risk, when the truth is actually the other way around.
The House Communications Subcommittee heard testimony from both sides of the C-band spectrum-sharing controversy on Tuesday, with some wireless groups urging a public auction of the 3.5 GHz band and others preferring a marketplace approach. Microsoft, Google and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association have separately proposed their own plan that focuses on co-channel sharing and giving access to fixed wireless services providers.
A federal court may need to postpone the planned Oct. 7 start of a trial in which state attorneys general attempt to block the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, the plaintiffs argued. The states said that they need information about the outcome of talks between the merger partners and the government to prepare for the trial.
Carriers are continuing to improve their 4G service even as they prepare for 5G, Opensignal says in its latest report about mobile performance. T-Mobile and Verizon each led in two categories out of the five rated by the network tracker.
T-Mobile is trying to leverage its year-old narrowband internet of things infrastructure with the introduction of an asset-tracking solution the carrier claims is a first, developed in a partnership with Roambee. T-Mobile's NB-IoT network is also being deployed in a project involving Sensoneo's smart sensors in dumpsters in California, Ohio and Colorado.