Verizon's Bill Stone said that the company can put outdoor 3.5 GHz CBRS services in the field now. The Federal Communications Commission is also focusing on the band: it's preparing to vote on final rules and has heard requests from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition and others.
T-Mobile has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to conduct a trial of dual-connectivity for 5G, and would use vendors in Spokane, Wash., as well as Las Vegas. Dual-connectivity would allow devices to stay connected to both 5G and 4G LTE networks while in range.
Starry CEO Chet Kanojia praised Verizon's launch of its 5G Home service, saying the telecom legitimized the 28 GHz-based technology. The fixed wireless startup, which introduced millimeter-wave service to some skepticism in Boston, has expanded to Los Angeles and is now building out in two other cities.
Broadband investment has rebounded since the Federal Communications Commission in 2017 eliminated net neutrality rules adopted two years earlier, according to figures released Thursday by USTelecom and touted by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Providers increased capital expenses by $1.5 billion last year after a $3.2 billion drop from 2014 to 2016, the research found.
Private equity firm Grain Management has closed on its purchase of Nebraska-based Great Plains Communications, a closely held triple-play provider to more than 90 communities in the state. Great Plains also operates a 9,500-route-mile fiber network in the Midwest.
Apple has chosen PlayStation Vue to provide the first batch of streaming TV for its TV app, which will harness content from multiple providers into one platform. The subscription service will allow customers to use iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs to view on-demand or live programming.
Spokane, Wash., is partnering with Verizon to use the telecom's technology to monitor air quality and provide smart streetlights. The city also has initiated other smart technology projects, including one involving solar panels installed on university facilities.
Communications service providers are still contending with how to convince customers of the business value of network functions virtualization, finds a small industry survey of 160 people from 66 service providers.
Panelists at the TVNewsCheck's TV2020's "Technology Shaping Business Models" discussion noted broadcasters' overall progress on transitioning to Internet Protocol but said they needed to improve their metrics and advertising technology to more effectively compete with companies such as Facebook and Google.
Florida's "Kick'n 103.5" radio hosts Tiffany "Flip" Dunning and Sean Streeter are using Facebook to give their listeners community updates in the wake of Hurricane Michael, despite parent company Powell Broadcasting's decision to close down its Panama City operations. "This is what we signed up for as broadcasters, to get information any way we can," Streeter says.