A pair of Federal Communications Commission members advocated for Congress to take stronger measures to make mid-band spectrum available for 5G networks but disagreed on the methods. Republican Michael O'Rielly told the Senate Commerce Committee that speed was the most important factor, while Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel said her priority was "getting it right."
AT&T has petitioned federal regulators for permission to demonstrate 5G technology in Miami in the time around the upcoming Super Bowl. The carrier wants a Special Temporary Authority to use millimeter-wave spectrum between Jan. 20 and Feb. 7, with a base station in Miami, though not at the actual site of the game.
Sprint is powering its 800 Virginia retail outlets, cellphone towers and corporate offices entirely with renewable energy under an arrangement with Renewable Energy Services. The carrier said the move is one part of its goal to become entirely carbon neutral by 2025.
Companies that work to conceal the presence of small cell towers have become in demand as cities require carriers to camouflage their presence among so-called "street furniture" such as lights, rooftops and traffic signals. "Aesthetics have become extremely important," said Mike Fabbri of CommScope, which helps deploy 5G and 4G transmission gear.
The judge overseeing a lawsuit from representatives of Washington, D.C., and 13 states trying to prevent T-Mobile's merger with Sprint heard final arguments and said he would render a verdict as quickly as he could, but offered no specific timeframe for doing so. The attorneys general who brought the suit argued the deal would harm consumers while the carriers said cost reductions from a merger would lower prices.
Wireless ISP Starry, which serves many metropolitan areas with plans to grow, is offering Boston apartment residents an incentive to help expand its footprint. Those who get their buildings to install the service will receive free internet for the duration of their residence.
Verizon and five other leading global carriers have formed the 5G Future Forum, aimed at developing uniform 5G specifications, with América Móvil, Rogers Communications, Vodafone, Telstra and KT filling out the group, they announced. Verizon compared the new body to the 5G Technology Forum, which it created in 2015 to shape the standard the company initially used for 5G Home service.
The US Air Force has picked AT&T to provide 5G coverage and offer FirstNet emergency services to its Nellis base, which serves upwards of 40,000 people. AT&T will build a network to provide internal and external high-speed broadband coverage across the southern Nevada location.
New York City is building on its public 5G infrastructure by awarding 10 franchises that allow nine companies to build 5G and 4G gear on traffic lights, street lamps and some utility poles. Officials said they hope to eventually place the metal boxes on the Wi-Fi kiosks already in place.
The foreign satellite companies that make up the C-Band Alliance is backing a new group, 5G Action Now, aimed at pressing US officials to move quickly to auction off wireless spectrum that the companies hold, saying the US needs to remain ahead of China. The group, headed by former Rep. Mike Rogers, stands to benefit from the sale of the C-Band frequencies.
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