Houston iPhone Screen Repair now accepts bitcoin as a payment option for its wireless repair services. The move gives customers more payment options and keeps the company "on the cutting edge of tech trends," owner Jamee Weber said.
OneWeb told federal regulators that it plans to introduce its satellite-based broadband service throughout Alaska by 2019. The company submitted the update to the Federal Communications Commission, adding that it intends to launch its first satellites in March 2018.
Microsoft is expanding a pilot program that is using white space spectrum for a "Homework Network" designed to bring free wireless broadband access to students in rural Virginia under a partnership with Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities.
AT&T believes it can complete its 4G-based public-safety network for FirstNet earlier than its five-year deadline, CEO Randall Stephenson said, adding that the time frame depends on the degree of state participation in the program. A few states have reportedly launched inquiries into opting out of FirstNet and building their own networks.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., has put forward a bill called Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly Act of 2017, which would require digital publishers, social platforms and internet service providers to get opt-in consent before using or disseminating consumers' sensitive information. That information would include browsing, app-usage and location data.
Carolina West Wireless announced this week that it offered winning bids totaling $10.2 million to secure wireless spectrum in 32 western North Carolina and northeastern Tennessee counties in the recent wireless spectrum auction. The company said it will deploy the 600 MHz spectrum to build out and strengthen its 4G network and prepare for the next generation of services.
White space technology will bring broadband access to nine libraries in five states under grants as part of the Libraries White Space Project. The program is designed to bring community groups and libraries together to expand access to libraries using white space spectrum.
CTIA has developed the Stolen Phone Checker website, which will enable purchasers of refurbished smartphones to ensure that the devices they buy are not stolen. "Much how consumers can check sites such as Carfax prior to purchasing a used car, we hope consumers will empower themselves by using the new website before buying a used phone," CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said of Stolen Phone Checker, which is run by GSMA.
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