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9/19/2019

The Federal Communications Commission took a step toward putting the Citizens Band Radio Service into play by approving five Spectrum Access Systems providers to deploy in the 3.5 GHz frequencies.

9/19/2019

Small wireless internet providers in Montana are hoping their track record in filling coverage gaps in rural areas will help them land federal subsidies if regulators approve a proposed auction process that would award $20 billion to rural carriers over 10 years starting in 2021. The Federal Communications Commission passed over Montana-based providers, including Cascade County's KDS Networks, in a 2019 allocation.

9/19/2019

Apple is selling more of the iPhone 11 and its Pro version than expected in pre-orders, said Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst. He cited their new purple and green colors as a large reason for the demand and said the higher-priced Pro model is especially popular among US buyers.

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9/18/2019

Randall Stephenson, head of AT&T, called criticisms from an activist investor a "mixed bag" while praising John Stankey, his recently appointed chief operating officer. Stephenson also asserted that the US is winning the global race to 5G, pointing to AT&T's plan to erect a national footprint by mid-2020 as well as aggressive 5G pursuits from other carriers.

9/18/2019

The T-Mobile-Sprint tie-up will help get rural areas connected to wireless networks, assistant US Attorney General Makan Delrahim told a Senate panel, adding that the deal would provide "real competition to AT&T and Verizon for the first time to consumers." T-Mobile President Mike Sievert also told an investors conference that the carrier welcomes the competition from DISH Network that the merger would create.

9/18/2019

Boingo Wireless will eventually introduce Citizens Band Radio Service technology for its networks at airports and other public places in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission's approval of initial commercial deployments of the 3.5 GHz service, company leader Mike Finley said. "I've been a believer in small cells for a long time, so I think this is just another way that it will be enhanced," he added.

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9/18/2019

C Spire boasted that its 5G buildout plans improved its current broadband speeds between 15% and 20% because of the regional carrier's need to install more base stations and new software in its LTE network, Senior Vice President Alan Jones said. He added that C Spire's use of carrier aggregation technology and other upgrades will also allow it to introduce voice-over-LTE service.

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9/17/2019

The Federal Communications Commission took a major step toward putting the Citizens Band Radio Service into play by approving five spectrum access system supervisors to oversee carriers' use of the 3.5 GHz frequencies. Verizon and AT&T are among the telecoms working with the SAS managers on initial commercial deployments, which the FCC approved after discussions with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Defense.

9/17/2019

The four leading US telecom companies have joined the GSM Association's global push to fight climate change by disclosing how their activities are affecting greenhouse gas emissions and other issues as the first stage of a project aimed at developing methods to eliminate carbon's toxic effect on the environment, the GSMA said. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon join 46 other carriers in offering full transparency to help improve sustainability efforts, the trade group added.

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9/17/2019

Comcast, joining the ranks of companies looking to cut into Netflix's share of the streaming market, plans an April debut for streaming service Peacock, which will run both original and classic content. The service is expected to be free to Comcast subscribers, and a source says it might also be free to subscribers of other services.