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1/21/2022

Wireless internet service provider Starry now reaches 55,990 homes in affordable and public housing, 88% growth from 2020. The Boston-based company has signed a deal to go public this year.

1/20/2022

Fourth-generation Pennsylvania dairy farmer Brad Biehl is also president of robotic milking company AMS Galaxy, which he runs from his Corner View Farm. The company's Astrea 20.20 robotic milker is able to milk two cows at the same time, and the farm also boasts other high-tech innovations including a bedding robot and an automated feeder.

1/20/2022

MediaTek is conducting live tests of Wi-Fi 7 technology and predicts a release date sometime in 2023. The Wi-Fi Alliance says devices on the new standard could achieve triple the speeds of Wi-Fi 6, as well as enabling simultaneous activity in multiple spectrum bands, although speeds are only theoretical.

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1/20/2022

Firefighters responding to the Marshall Fire in Colorado last month were aided by six satellite cells on light trucks, handheld devices and two compact rapid deployables provided by FirstNet. Crews also used land mobile radios and broadband solutions to communicate about their response.

1/19/2022

The Federal Communications Commission's auction of 3.45 GHz spectrum, which companies sought for 5G use, brought in more than $600 million during the assignment phase. No major cable broadband providers participated in the auction.

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1/19/2022

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding helped construct a wireless broadband network serving five counties in central Pennsylvania. Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder counties are working with two providers to give residents high-speed connectivity.

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1/19/2022

Students in Amarillo, Texas, are getting fixed wireless access with symmetrical 100 Mbps speeds as part of a $4 million project. The initiative uses American Rescue Plan Act funding, as well as equipment from Mimosa by Airspan, and plans for the second phase involve expanding it further in Texas.

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1/18/2022

AT&T led the bidding in the Federal Communications Commission's recent auction, spending $9.1 billion for 3.45 GHz spectrum, and DISH Network took second place. The two companies' bids made up 73% of the $22.5 billion total.

1/18/2022

The heads of leading US airlines and two Democratic congressmen urged federal transportation officials to ban 5G wireless service for roughly two miles around some major airport runways or risk massive flight cancellations. The CEOs, who acted through the Airlines for America trade group, issued the warning two days before Verizon and AT&T were due to activate their C-band-based 5G networks.

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1/14/2022

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., is asking the Federal Communications Commission and National Telecommunications and Information Administration to cooperate on spectrum issues, including 5G. FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel has said she welcomes coordination.

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