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12/13/2018

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday agreed on rules to auction millimeter-wave spectrum -- 37 gigahertz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz -- for 5G and internet of things use by awarding licenses in 100 MHz blocks by partial economic areas. The move came as the agency is reportedly wrapping up its 28 GHz auction, after which the FCC will begin its 24 GHz proceeding.

12/13/2018

Altaeros successfully tested an aerial cell tower last week that could provide high-speed broadband service to rural areas more cheaply, the company said. The Massachusetts company added that the blimp-esque "SuperTower" will be tested further in the coming months.

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12/13/2018

Smartphone repair is proving to be a viable business for college student Matt Chamberlain, who started Cracked 'n Shattered Repair after noticing a lack of affordable smartphone repair providers near James Madison University. Chamberlain says he wants to keep the business going after graduation, and he hopes to find people to help him run the Harrisonburg, Va., company.

12/13/2018

UBreakiFix has opened a new location in Missouri, making it the 11th shop for the company in the state. Diagnostics are free, and the shop is certified by Samsung and Google to work on their products.

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12/13/2018

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset is expected to markedly improve the battery performance of 4G smartphones, writes Sascha Segan, but it remains unclear whether the benefits will hold up for 5G devices, which will have greater power needs.

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12/12/2018

Preliminary findings from an US investigation into the Marriott International breach last month point to hackers for the Chinese state as the culprits, people familiar with the matter say. The hack was likely driven by China's push to expand its massive databases on US and other citizens, the sources added.

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12/12/2018

Verizon announced a $4.5 billion writedown in the fourth quarter due to its Oath media business, which includes Yahoo and AOL. The company blames increased competitiveness and market pressures for the weak performance.

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12/12/2018

The Federal Communications Commission is due to decide today on a proposal to strengthen phone carriers' ability to restrict automated text messages. The FCC is expected to vote in favor of the proposal, despite several Democratic senators saying it would enable phone companies to "block any text message they wish."

12/12/2018

The merger of T-Mobile and Sprint should receive regulatory approval by mid-2019, said Cowen analysts, who expect the merged entity to have stronger financials than executives estimate. "The company ultimately should be able to delever to <2.0x faster than the 3-4 years it has stated," the analysts reported.

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12/11/2018

Several small phone carriers in the US are concerned that US-China tensions, and the resulting concerns about national security, will mean they have to remove equipment made by Huawei. The Rural Wireless Association is asking the Federal Communications Commission for time and funding to cover the rip-and-replace process, the costs of which are estimated at as much as $57 million for one Montana carrier.