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9/17/2019

The Federal Communications Commission took a major step toward putting the Citizens Band Radio Service into play by approving five spectrum access system supervisors to oversee carriers' use of the 3.5 GHz frequencies. Verizon and AT&T are among the telecoms working with the SAS managers on initial commercial deployments, which the FCC approved after discussions with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Defense.

9/17/2019

The four leading US telecom companies have joined the GSM Association's global push to fight climate change by disclosing how their activities are affecting greenhouse gas emissions and other issues as the first stage of a project aimed at developing methods to eliminate carbon's toxic effect on the environment, the GSMA said. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon join 46 other carriers in offering full transparency to help improve sustainability efforts, the trade group added.

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9/17/2019

Comcast, joining the ranks of companies looking to cut into Netflix's share of the streaming market, plans an April debut for streaming service Peacock, which will run both original and classic content. The service is expected to be free to Comcast subscribers, and a source says it might also be free to subscribers of other services.

9/17/2019

California legislators last week passed a bill that would require companies to classify gig workers as employees, meaning the workers would be entitled to benefits such as a minimum wage, insurance and sick days. The bill, which Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign, has attracted attention from companies such as Uber and Lyft, but it would apply far beyond the ride-hailing industry.

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9/16/2019

T-Mobile has asked federal regulators for permission to extend its 5G tests using the 2.5 GHz band and wants to use Educational Broadcast Service spectrum in the experimental license. The Federal Communications Commission has already given the carrier Special Temporary Authority to conduct 2.5 GHz tests in Washington and Utah in a license that expires on Oct. 2.

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FierceWireless
9/16/2019

We all gesticulate, so it's smart to have a plan for pointing at objects, clenching your fists or holding your hand out in a "stop" stance, among nine gestures Stephanie Scotti discusses. Avoid pointing at people, folding your arms or gestures that may be offensive to people from other cultures, she writes.

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9/16/2019

Sprint hosted a test in Chicago that purportedly showed how its 5G network can improve safety for first responder vehicles by speeding up alert transmission using cellular vehicle-to-everything technology, said HAAS Alert, which conducted the pilot runs. HAAS noted that 2019 has been an extremely dangerous year where first responders, as well as road workers, are concerned.

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9/16/2019

Apple is selling more of the iPhone 11 and its Pro version than expected in pre-orders, said Ming-Chi Kuo, an Apple analyst. He cited their new purple and green colors as a large reason for the demand and said the higher-priced Pro model is especially popular among US buyers.

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9/16/2019

Charter Communications will reportedly build its own LTE wireless network in some of its cable markets, using 3.5 GHz spectrum from the Citizens Band Radio Service. A published report says that Charter wants to reduce its reliance on Verizon's 4G network, a strategy it already started pursuing by offering Wi-Fi hot spots.

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9/13/2019

Verizon's venture capital arm has begun investing in 5G-related start-up firms, partly to gain a close-up look at the types of use cases developing in the area, Verizon Ventures head Chris Bartlett said in an interview. He added that sound investments can sometimes be scarce because of lingering interest in building solutions tied to 4G connectivity.

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