The growing used smartphone market has reduced sales of new smartphones, and IDC predicts that the used market will reach $52.7 billion over the next five years. China's smartphone advancements and a greater availability of high-end features in low-end phones are among factors slowing the market for new smartphones, Mike Elgan writes in this opinion piece.
A group opposed to Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed purchase of Tribune's TV stations has issued a plea for donations to fund a blitz of opposition comments to the Federal Communications Commission. In an email, Demand Progress said it was responding to the Federal Communications Commission's call for comments on the matter by July 12.
Hackers can illegally mine consumer data and sell the information on the dark web, but blockchain could give consumers more security. Companies can protect their customers by using the decentralized ledger blockchain provides, writes Derek Beres.
Competitive Carriers Association is among the supporters of legislation that would use the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate funds to place Wi-Fi on school buses. The bill, proposed by two US senators, is largely aimed at helping tribal areas that lack internet service.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has acceded to demands by a bipartisan group of senators to prolong the window for challenging the national broadband map, which federal regulators use to determine who receives subsidies from the Mobility Fund II over the next 10 years. Competitive Carriers Association CEO Steven Berry has said regulators "must get it right."
Sprint and T-Mobile continue to aggressively invest in upgrading their networks in the wake of their proposed merger, per a research note from Deutsche Bank, which noted reports from tower companies. Sprint is focusing on 2.5 gigahertz builds, while T-Mobile is investing in 600 megahertz deployments and small cell projects, analysts wrote.
Carriers in smaller markets are starting to invest in small cell projects, say Crown Castle executives, who also noted that some tower locations are now supporting multiple carriers. "If you can share the fiber, you can have a lot of efficiencies," Crown's Mike Kavanagh says.
UBreakiFix recently partnered with Nebraska Furniture Mart and is looking to develop other store-within-a-store partnerships, co-founder Justin Wetherill says. UBreakiFix also opened a store in Raymore, Mo., last week.
Federal regulators will decide in July whether to free up 500 megahertz of midband spectrum commonly known as the C-band for greater commercial use, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Wednesday. Also, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly said the FCC could release a trove of midband spectrum within two years and that the auctioning of 24 GHz and 28 GHz airwaves remains on track for November.
The Federal Communications Commission has begun developing a Model Code to guide states in enacting laws regulating small cell sites. The agency acted in response to moves by 19 states to pass legislation limiting the ability of cities to make decisions over sites and fees.