The Federal Communications Commission started the Emergency Connectivity Fund this month to help students access at-home internet, write Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chairwoman of the FCC, and Valerie Jarrett, president of the Barack Obama Foundation. In this commentary, they share how this program will support the estimated 17 million students affected by the "homework gap."
The global chip shortage is sending smartphone prices higher and contributing to a slowdown in shipments, with the majority of manufacturers other than Apple experiencing issues. Research firm Strategy Analytics reports that wholesale prices rose globally by an average of 5% between April and June.
Federal Communications Commission acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel recently suggested testing wireless technology in Raleigh, N.C., as well as Boston. The proposal, up for a vote at the Aug. 5 commission meeting, aims to boost open radio access network and 5G expansion.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration recently submitted a filing supporting open radio access networks to the Federal Communications Commission. More innovation, lower prices and better rural connectivity are all potential benefits from open RAN, the organization wrote.
Ericsson will provide 5G equipment to Verizon, facilitating the carrier's expansion of fixed wireless access as well as other services, under an $8.3 billion multiyear contract. The deal includes all spectrum types.
The California legislature has approved a $6 billion middle-mile fiber network and $2 billion in grants for last-mile infrastructure. The plan prioritizes underserved areas and allows "non-discriminatory access to eligible entities on a technology and competitively neutral basis, regardless of whether the entity is privately or publicly owned."
Lumen Technologies, which is among the vendors that the General Services Administration chose to provide telecommunications and information technology services, is working with T-Mobile to offer government agencies fixed wireless access. The joint effort expands on the companies' existing relationship.
Intel and Varnish Software report achieving content delivery network performance of nearly 400 gigabits per second. The companies used Varnish Edge Cloud and third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable servers for the test and demonstrated the results at this year's Mobile World Congress, showing the effects on both video on demand and live linear footage.
Verizon expanded its 5G Business Internet service to parts of 18 markets in the Midwest, Southeast and West, bringing the total number of areas in which it provides enterprise fixed wireless access to 42. Some customers who switch to 5G Business Internet could get credit to compensate for their previous providers' early termination charges.