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9/17/2021

The Federal Communications Commission plans to give Rural Digital Opportunity Fund money to 13 smaller companies that bid in the recent auction. WISPA member Net Ops Communications of Midland, Texas, was among the winners.

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9/17/2021

Pennsylvania's Greene County is getting $2.5 million in federal grant funding through the Appalachian Regional Commission. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa., endorsed the project and said it would "bring the county up to the standards that its residents deserve."

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9/16/2021

The three major wireless carriers and Xfinity Mobile are offering significant pre-order discounts on Apple's four new iPhone 13 models, which all include the A15 Bionic processor from Apple and feature better battery life than previous versions. Non-discounted prices for the handsets are similar to those for the company's last flagship range, starting at $799 and reaching $1,099 or more with expanded memory, and Walmart is cutting that by $100 regardless of carrier.

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9/16/2021

DISH Network has picked IBM to provide service management and automation software on the 5G network it's building. Marc Rouanne, DISH's chief network officer, said that the satellite provider's 5G connectivity may appeal to companies in areas such as health care and logistics.

9/15/2021

Claude Aiken, CEO of WISPA, says that Treasury Department guidance for federal broadband funding ignores fixed wireless access in favor of overbuilding wireline infrastructure. "I think inclusion of wireless technologies in some of that guidance is going to be critical to enable innovation as well as ensure that funds are efficiently used," he notes.

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9/15/2021

A potential Federal Communications Commission ban on exclusive wiring deals for internet service providers has support from 2019 arguments WISPA made on the subject. WISPA cited a previous FCC ruling that "preempted the only law in the country that could be interpreted to mandate the sharing of existing in-use wiring," and noted that wiring agreements "act as a market barrier for competitive providers because MTE owners/managers may not know which wiring is exclusive to a specific provider and therefore will prohibit access to all wiring."

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9/15/2021

Fiber Minnesota, SM Broadband and Broadband Visions have merged, expanding Fiber Minnesota's network by 60% to nearly 4,000 miles. SMB and BBV members have become Fiber Minnesota shareholders.

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9/15/2021

Vexus Fiber plans to begin construction on its $50 million fiber broadband network in the first three months of 2022, bringing access to at least 40,000 locations in Louisiana. The company estimates that the symmetrical gigabit network project will be complete in three years.

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9/14/2021

DISH Network wants to test carrier aggregation for 5G service via the 600 MHz band in Las Vegas and Denver and is asking for Federal Communications Commission approval to share spectrum that Bluewater Wireless owns. The prospective carrier noted that it will need to combine its 600 MHz holdings to meet capacity and speed demands.

9/14/2021

T-Mobile will begin selling phones at 2,300 Walmart stores through its Metro brand starting Oct. 18 and the main brand on Nov. 1 in a move that doubles its retail footprint. The company is focusing on areas -- especially rural places -- that have only a single carrier option, T-Mobile's Jon Freier said.

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