Carriers bid about $18 billion in the second round of the latest stage of the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auction, meaning that the agency can close the process after its fourth attempt to match the TV stations' request with the carriers' willingness to pay. Providers offered $1.2570 per point of presence, or POP, after broadcasters requested $10 billion for 84 MHz of spectrum.
Competitive Carrier Association joined Federal Communication Commission member Mignon Clyburn in criticizing the government for failing to pass legislation that would have kept small internet service providers exempt from enhanced transparency rules that took effect Tuesday. The FCC had originally provided such an exemption under its net neutrality rules, but it did not renew the protection after it expired last month.
Tests over T-Mobile's network have revealed that 4x4 MIMO antenna technologies improved performance over other LTE-based networks, said Signals Research Group, which compared data rates from two Samsung Galaxy S7 handsets.
Family plans have gained momentum among carriers in an increasingly competitive market, while prepaid offers are picking up steam with single-line subscribers, this analysis states, pointing to the launch of the T-Mobile One plan this month as an example of the trend.
Live-streaming of crisis situations, increasing cybersecurity and workplace violence concerns, and the growing use of alternative platforms besides Twitter to spread news and information are among the top crisis management trends to follow this year, writes Melissa Agnes. "Being crisis-ready means understanding all aspects that will impact your crisis preparedness and crisis management, and taking proactive steps, every day, to be prepared, vigilant and resilient," she writes.
The city of Chicago and its police department face a lawsuit over the department's use of so-called stingray devices, which act like cellular towers and collect private cellphone transmissions. The suit claims that the use of the devices without a warrant during a 2015 Reclaim MLK Day rally was a violation of free speech and search-and-seizure protections.
Over the last few years, it has been getting harder for businesses across a variety of sectors to find talent. Worldwide, the companies that responded to Aon's most recent Global Risk Management Survey said that finding, hiring and retaining employees with the right skills was the fifth biggest challenge they faced. Companies in North America and the Asia-Pacific region said it was their second biggest challenge. Learn more about shrinking the skills shortages for employers and the economy alike.
ICracked founder and CEO AJ Forsythe is looking to expand the company's service offerings to include internet of things and smart home installations. The company currently has about 4,000 iCracked technicians who can provide on-site repairs for smartphones and other devices.
Federal regulators will go to the well for the fourth time Wednesday for the forward phase of a spectrum auction that has failed to attract significant telecom participation. The 600 MHz bidding comes amid a background of uncertainty regarding the Federal Communications Commission's leadership.
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