Corning's latest version of Gorilla Glass offers increased protection for scratches as well as falls, the company said, announcing the seventh iteration of its product. Gorilla Glass Victus reportedly improves drop protection from 1.6 meters to two meters and is twice as effective as its predecessor in preventing scratches.
The National Congress of American Indians and other advocate groups are asking the Federal Communications Commission for extended spectrum application deadlines, citing the pandemic. Applications to license 2.5 GHz band Educational Broadband Service spectrum are due by Aug. 3, and the organizations want that deadline extended to Feb. 1, 2021.
King George County, Va., has decided to pony up an additional $155,000 to move to the front of the line in a four-county rural broadband deal. All Points Broadband of Leesburg is providing "last mile" coverage and contributing to the $9 million undertaking, with construction expected to begin in the fall of 2021.
AT&T has taken its 5G network nationwide by adding 40 markets, bringing low-band coverage to 205 million potential users in 395 areas and expanding devices that support the technology to the Samsung Z Flip 5G and LG Velvet 5G. Prepaid subscribers will gain access to the network in August, when the carrier also intends to make 5G part of its lowest-priced unlimited package.
Senators at a July 23 hearing discussed both spectrum policy and a wide variety of issues related to broadband funding. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who chairs the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, specifically questioned the relationship the Federal Communications Commission has with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has created a task force to examine increasing rural broadband access, with officials conceding that the state might need to help private companies fund networks. The goal is to give everyone in the state, including Native Americans on rural reservations, broadband connections by 2025.
Subscription revenue from cloud gaming is on a path to reach nearly $3 billion a year, with roughly 3 in 10 households interested in a service, Parks Associates reports. Senior Analyst Kristen Hanich says the figure is just a start, "with the opportunity to generate more revenue via service stacking and add-on sales, provided these offerings are designed and targeted correctly."
A bipartisan group led by Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and containing 40 other members, urged the Federal Communications Commission to consider granting more funding to the $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program, which approved the last of its 539 projects earlier in July. The lawmakers requested additional information about the initiative as part of a letter explaining that unserved areas need reliable access to telehealth services.
T-Mobile has announced its first deal available to both its own subscribers and those on plans from Sprint, letting customers pay $100 a month to get unlimited data on four lines. The promotion kicks in on July 24, nine days before Sprint stores will convert to T-Mobile outlets.