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10/4/2019

CTIA has taken to the road to overcome some localities' reluctance to allow carriers to install small cell sites in their communities in order to build out their 5G networks. The wireless trade group and the carriers have begun hosting local events aimed at responding to concerns about 5G transmitters and the addition of "street furniture" atop traffic signals and street lights.

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10/4/2019

U.S. Cellular will take a different tack than other carriers in building its 5G network using low-band 600 MHz
spectrum in Wisconsin and Iowa, Chief Technology Officer Mike Irizarry said. The regional carrier will deploy 5G on a clean channel, devoting the spectrum solely to 5G New Radio rather than sharing it with LTE.

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10/3/2019

U.S. Cellular will introduce 5G service in Wisconsin and Iowa early next year as part of a long-term program to upgrade its networks to support phone service, the internet of things and other connected devices, the company said. The regional carrier will initially roll out 5G over spectrum in the 600 MHz range, and says that even its LTE customers will enjoy better service as a result.

10/3/2019

You can't be a technologist or a doctor if your knowledge isn't constantly being updated, but there are other aspects of work and life where time-tested wisdom still holds sway, writes Steve McKee, a co-founder of McKee Wallwork + Co. "You have to think it before you can write it; you must look up and dream before you look down and design," he writes.

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10/3/2019

Verizon Media is looking to 5G technology to make ads more interactive, particularly
with augmented reality capabilities, Chief Business Officer Ivan Markman said. The carrier's ad platform, Moments, now includes AR, letting Verizon use the technology across Yahoo apps.

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10/3/2019

Microsoft surprised industry observers by disclosing that it will release a dual-screen device late next year that can make calls even though company officials refused to describe it as a "phone." The foldable 5.6-inch Surface Duo, which will fit into pockets, will combine what Microsoft termed "the best of Android" with elements of new software called Windows 10X.

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10/3/2019

Charter Communications is bullish on leveraging the Citizens Band Radio Service to provide fixed wireless service to supplement its hybrid fiber-coax network and provide a voice, video and data service bundle, Senior Vice President Craig Cowden told a cable tech conference. The cable company wants to use the 3.5 GHz band to serve rural subscribers that its HFC network can't reach, he said.

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10/3/2019

Florida is now on board with the planned T-Mobile/Sprint merger after signing on to a consent agreement that the Justice Department put together. The FCC also announced it plans to approve the merger.

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10/2/2019

Congress must act to clarify net neutrality rules in the wake of a federal appeals court's decision that handed a partial victory to the Federal Communications Commission, say a Democratic and Republican senator who lead the chamber's working group on the matter. Advocates on both sides claimed a measure of victory and vowed to aggressively lobby Congress to pass internet content legislation.

10/2/2019

The four major carriers will announce how they will advance their goal to eliminate passwords in favor of the ZenKey standalone authentication platform at the MWC Los Angeles conference this month, a group charged with overseeing the project said. The Mobile Authentication Taskforce said the network-based ZenKey will streamline the log-in process for consumers while enhancing their privacy and security.

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