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9/25/2020

Three communities in Virginia will get broadband internet through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding in a Shenandoah Telecommunications and Franklin County joint venture. The project, which will cost $250,000, will involve both fixed wireless towers and fiber infrastructure.

9/25/2020

Most of Delaware has functioning broadband infrastructure, but just 76% of residents have residential subscriptions. Reasons include a lack of interest and, for 25%, the absence of home computers.

9/24/2020

Air Force bases in Alaska, Nebraska and Colorado will get 5G,
along with networking as a service, from AT&T. The carrier is currently testing the technology after completing system designs at all three sites.

9/24/2020

Influential leaders rely less on their authority and more on learning what drives their employees, which is especially important when managing remotely, writes Scott Eblin. "Leave time in your online life to check in with and get to know your colleagues better on a personal basis," he writes.

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9/24/2020

Members of the Senate Commerce Committee agree on the need for a national privacy law in the wake of increased broadband usage following the COVID-19 outbreak, but the members are divided along partisan lines over the scope of the legislation. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Chairman Roger Wicker, R-Miss., each introduced their own versions of such a measure.

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9/24/2020

Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, has accused Verizon and AT&T of trying to use the Federal Communications Commission to limit competition. The other two carriers alleged that T-Mobile is in danger of violating the FCC's spectrum screen rules.

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9/23/2020

AT&T will begin to deploy a standalone 5G network this year with plans to establish the technology in scale during 2021, the carrier's Igal Elbaz said at an industry event. He added that, while the new infrastructure's benefits won't all be available at once, "customers will be able to benefit from day one gradually."

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9/23/2020

Microsoft has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test a millimeter-wave private network for mobile wireless at its Washington State campuses, a filing shows. Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T would provide spectrum for the trial, which would use the 37GHz and 24GHz frequencies.

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9/23/2020

Qualcomm has unveiled its Snapdragon 750G, saying that it improves on the 730G's graphics processing, CPU speeds and artificial intelligence capabilities. The 5G X52 modem integrated into the chip also works with millimeter-wave as well as sub-6GHz spectrum.

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9/23/2020

Boost Mobile will seek to become a "disruptor" in the wireless arena, said Stephen Stokols, who DISH Network named to oversee the former Sprint brand. He added that Boost will enhance its digital sales presence and offer more plans geared to user segments beyond those seeking unlimited data.

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