Comcast, Charter and Altice USA appear to be passing on the Federal Communications Commission's 24 gigahertz license auction on Nov. 14, leaving Cox Communications as the only major cable company in the mix. Some of the nation's top telecom firms -- including T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon -- will be joining Cox in the auction, which is dedicated to next-generation 5G services.
AT&T will use 700MHz low-band and 2.3GHz WCS spectrum along with millimeter wave spectrum for its 5G rollout, said Gordon Mansfield of AT&T. Meanwhile, the company plans to use its millimeter wave Project AirGig to reach rural areas.
Android and iPhone users have 92% and 89% loyalty rates, respectively, according to September CIRP data. "Loyalty has crept up for both iOS and Android in the past two years, to the highest levels we've seen," said Mike Levin, partner and co-founder of CIRP.
Robocallers have adopted methods such as "neighborhood spoofing" to get around callblocking rules, report 35 state attorneys general. As such, the attorneys general have written a letter asking the Federal Communications Commission "to adopt rules authorizing providers to block these and other kinds of illegally spoofed calls."
The White House's plan to pay doctors $14 for short telemedicine "check-in" calls under Medicare has met resistance from some physicians who argue they already perform that service free. One concern is that patients would avoid the service because it involves cost-sharing fees.
AT&T's DIRECTV Now has rolled out channel packages from Vietnam and Brazil. For an additional $20 a month, subscribers can get nine Vietnamese channels; for an additional $25 a month, two Portuguese-language channels from Brazil are available.
Texas-based NextLink won the biggest chunk of grants -- just over $281 million -- in the recent Connect America Fund II auction. The fixed wireless broadband provider's CEO says the carrier aims to increase its subscriber base, currently 26,000, by adding more than 100,000 service locations within six years.
The Internet Engineering Task Force has cleared three new standards meant to protect authentication tokens and deter "replay attacks." The ubiquity of token-based authentication makes tokens a major target of hackers.
The music industry heralded President Donald Trump's signing of the Music Modernization Act into law Thursday, "culminating a years-long process to find consensus solutions to music licensing issues," National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith said. Though many artists and lawmakers were present for the signing, major proponents of the law were notably absent from the ceremony after being disinvited by the White House.
Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis aired two TV ads against his opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, in the midst of Hurricane Michael. In the past, states of emergency have been considered inappropriate times for campaigns to run negative political ads, Marc Caputo writes.