Apple has closed 77 of its 271 US retail outlets again after coronavirus cases rose in more states. The latest shutdowns affect 30 stores across Alabama, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Idaho, Oklahoma and Nevada.
T-Mobile has deactivated Sprint's 2.5 GHz 5G service as part of its integration into the carrier's own 5G network. Subscribers with Samsung's Galaxy S20 phones can still access the Sprint service, but those with first-generation 5G models will have to use 4G connectivity until they upgrade their handsets.
DISH Network has officially taken over the prepaid Boost Mobile service as part of the agreement that enabled T-Mobile to merge with Sprint. The $1.4 billion deal puts DISH's new customer base above 9.3 million, and the company is offering subscribers as much as $10 off their monthly bills if they remain on Boost and meet payment deadlines.
AT&T has constructed more FirstNet towers and cell sites in Delaware, Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont. "We've always known improved wireless connectivity and cell coverage are critical to the success of our students, businesses and first responders, but it has become even more evident throughout this pandemic," Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said.
DISH Network and Idaho carrier Inland Cellular will both use open radio access network equipment vendors to build their 5G infrastructure. Fujitsu and Altiostar will supply DISH, and
Inland has tapped Parallel Wireless for its O-RAN-based upgrade.
The American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, warns that infighting among federal agencies could slow down plans to reallocate radio spectrum for new uses, particularly rural broadband. AEI recommends having agencies pay to use spectrum, as is the policy in the UK.
More dentists are turning to telehealth in order to safely monitor their patients during the ongoing pandemic, saying the technology will help keep them in business, Oral Health Advancement reports in a survey of dentists who see patients on Medicaid. UnitedHealthcare has recently approved telehealth coverage for dental treatment.
The three major carriers and CTIA say that existing safeguards against interference in the 3.5 GHz band are sufficient, despite claims from Charter Communications. Citizens Broadband Radio Service functions do not need further protection, the organizations told the Federal Communications Commission in a joint statement and individual comments.
The Federal Communications Commission has officially branded ZTE and Huawei Technologies threats to national security, banning carriers from using Universal Service Fund money to buy the vendors' equipment. The move angered rural wireless groups, many of which are still dealing with obligations under the Keep Americans Connected pledge.
A Senate bill would give laid-off workers and certain others a $50 monthly stipend for broadband service. "Our legislation will make sure workers and families in need don't find themselves stranded offline at the same time they lose a paycheck," says Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is among the bill's primary sponsors.
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