The Federal Communications Commission has authorized Rural Digital Opportunity Fund money for a dozen bidders, including Windstream, after reviewing their long-form applications. Companies must submit letters of credit and bankruptcy opinion letters within two weeks in order to get final approval.
Qualcomm announced ultraBAW filters designed to keep C-band transmissions confined to the spectrum, which would reduce the risk of 5G service interfering with airline communications. Company representatives say the technology will also improve speed for Wi-Fi, fixed wireless access and other 5G applications.
Google has set Oct. 28 as the ship date for its $599 Pixel 6 and the $899 Pro model, and many carriers are offering hundreds of dollars in associated promotions. Both versions feature new camera sensors and support 5G when unlocked, though only the Pro works with millimeter-wave spectrum, and both use Google's proprietary Tensor chip.
Nathan Simington, a member of the Federal Communications Commission, says the wireless industry should set standards for receivers or else the agency will have to step in. He adds that better standards could help US companies compete with Chinese manufacturers.
Ting Internet has agreed to purchase fixed wireless access company Simply Bits, which is based in Arizona and is reportedly the biggest FWA company Tucson has. The deal gives Ting access to Simply Bits' network, which covers 1,100 square miles, and roughly 4,500 customers.
The Federal Communications Commission's 3.45 GHz wireless auction surpassed $7 billion in early bidding on Oct. 18, about halfway to the reserve price of $14.77 billion. Analysts believe bidding will meet that milestone, the highest one the FCC has ever set, even though winning bidders will still have to wait while government users clear the spectrum.
Verizon and AT&T have curbed their boldest promotions even as Comcast and Charter Communications have stepped up with more aggressive wireless discounts, analysts note, with some predicting a potential competitive clash. Research from Morgan Stanley recently revealed that customers largely switch providers because of financial concerns.
Wireless carriers would be required to intercept illegal robotexts under a proposal from interim Federal Communications Commission chair Jessica Rosenworcel. Consumer complaints about the texts, which often falsely claim to offer rewards to recipients, rose almost 146% last year compared to 2019.
West Virginia and Wisconsin officials announced major investments in rural broadband funding with West Virginia allocating $1 billion from federal, state and private matching funds to link roughly 200,000 homes and businesses. The Wisconsin state Public Service Commission will mete out about $100 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to connect nearly 30,000 locations.
California broadband provider South Valley Internet recently began offering fixed wireless access with symmetrical gigabit service to businesses. The company, which plans tests in residential markets, is using technology from Adtran for point-to-point FWA where fiber would not have been cost-effective.
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