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8/14/2020

Verizon has unveiled Hyper Precise Location technology, which uses real time kinematics to track locations to two-centimeter ranges, with the goal of improving the internet of things. Use cases include road safety, drones, robotics, agriculture, autonomous cars and infrastructure monitoring, the carrier says.

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8/14/2020

Hillbilly Wireless Internet of Cave City, Ark., will be assisting officials in nearby Cotton Plant with their fixed wireless broadband project. Cotton Plant is receiving almost $500,000 in grants from the Arkansas Rural Connect program, with the goal of assisting students and helping economic development.

8/13/2020

A federal court upheld caps on fees for small cell deployment and time limits for localities' permit reviews, throwing out a lawsuit from cities challenging the Federal Communications Commission rules. Wireless groups said that the ruling will help 5G service roll out smoothly.

8/13/2020

T-Mobile is upgrading its low and mid-band wireless networks to 5G at the rate of roughly 700 sites every week, with plans to reach 800, the carrier's Neville Ray told a technology conference. Ray added that T-Mobile is leveraging the 2.5 GHz frequencies it acquired with Sprint to provide fixed wireless 5G service in underserved areas.

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8/12/2020

Students from more affluent households are logging on to study more than their poorer counterparts, Quizlet reports, likely as a result of differing access. The company also says US students were less engaged when the pandemic hit, while counterparts in Brazil, South Korea and Poland showed eagerness to learn online.

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8/12/2020

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a lower court decision and cleared Qualcomm of alleged antitrust violations regarding patents for its chips. The decision means Qualcomm can continue to charge handset makers licensing fees.

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8/12/2020

Cal.net of Cameron Park, Calif., is making progress on its 72-month project to bring broadband to 30 San Joaquin Valley counties, with 20% expected to be done by June. Vice President Mark Herr says permitting has been an obstacle, complicated by the pandemic's effect on local officials' availability.

8/12/2020

Two sources say that undisclosed companies are talking about potentially buying Consumer Cellular. The mobile virtual network operator has nearly four million subscribers, most of them 50 or older, and leans on service from AT&T and T-Mobile networks.

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8/12/2020

Google plans to introduce an accelerometer-based earthquake warning system into its Android phones. The system, which will use servers to aggregate reports from individual phones and then send out alerts as appropriate, will start in California.

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8/12/2020

Verizon has sold about 2.2 million phones with 5G support to reach a market share of 54%, M Science reports. It adds that AT&T accounted for 629,000 sales and T-Mobile sold 501,000 devices.

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