The Federal Communications Commission will let states offer 50 MHz of 4.9 GHz spectrum for lease, after a party-line vote on Sept. 30. Republicans said that the band has lain fallow for almost 20 years, while Democrats argued the move would harm public-safety groups, which originally had exclusive access to the frequencies.
Leading Senate Republicans urged President Donald Trump to abandon a Pentagon proposal that would let the military create a nationwide 5G network by sharing mid-band spectrum with commercial entities. The group explained that the government should rely on free-market solutions and private industry to "foster multiple, facilities-based 5G networks."
Trilogy Networks and a North Dakota non-profit group are establishing private wireless 4G LTE as part of an autonomous farming project. The initial program will tap 3.5 GHz spectrum and use advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence, to pull up weeds.
Google unveiled a pair of new smartphones, the mid-range $699 Pixel 5 and the $499 Pixel 4A 5G, which both offer 5G support. The Pixel 5 processor is the Snapdragon 765G, and the phone is capable of wireless charging despite its unusual aluminum back.
T-Mobile has switched on 121 2.5 GHz 5G networks, bringing its total to 210. Research firm Tutela reports that T-Mobile also doubled its reliance on using 600 MHz frequencies for data traffic over LTE infrastructure in the past year.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved a new set of rules governing the STIR/SHAKEN scheme that helps block illegal robocalls. Service providers must upgrade to networks based on internet protocol or provide non-IP caller ID authentication solutions before June 2021.
Joe Pat Covington, Judge-Executive of Kentucky's Scott County, has praised GEO Partners for providing data and possible broadband access solutions through recent speed tests. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., wants local governments to spend Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds on the project.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill authorizing electric cooperatives to work with broadband entities. "The electric co-ops serve the more rural people in the most rural areas of SC," explained State Rep. Robert Williams, who co-sponsored the bill.
Rural schools in places like Idaho are dealing with connectivity dead zones as students attempt distance learning during the pandemic. Local leaders see opportunities to establish broadband networks.
Microsoft says its recently introduced Azure for Operators will help carriers reduce the distance between customers and edge computing facilities, thus cutting latency. The new platform also supports 5G by letting providers customize network slices, and includes services from a wide range of network management partners.
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