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11/15/2019

T-Mobile wants to make sure that it won't be hit by a huge tax bill after it merges with Sprint, and is waiting for the IRS to tell it if a potential new rule applies to the company. The regulation would cap the amount of taxes that companies can offset when they combine with entities that have suffered major losses.

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11/15/2019

Sprint vowed to reduce its carbon footprint and increase reliance on sustainable energy over the next several years, setting new targets for converting to renewable energy sources by 2025. The carrier cited the worsening effects of climate change and pledged to continue investing in alternative energy sources.

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11/15/2019

The recently named head of the Wireless Broadband Alliance, Tiago Rodrigues, promised to ensure that the new Wi-Fi 6 standard and 5G technology establish a smooth relationship. Rodrigues pointed to the growing convergence between the technologies, saying that each has its advantages in certain situations.

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11/15/2019

A broad coalition -- including the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, tech giants and chipmakers -- has weighed in to support a Federal Communications Commission proposal to allow unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band. Utilities and other energy companies, as well as public safety organizations and railroads, are the current incumbents and are arguing against the proposal unless it contains "stringent interference protections for co-channel and adjacent channel microwave systems."

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11/14/2019

Motorola has launched the new edition of its Razr clamshell flip handset, which will sell for $1,500 as a Verizon exclusive with pre-orders starting on Dec. 26. The phone features a full folding touchscreen display without a keypad, and has more limited capabilities than the higher-end foldable devices in the market.

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11/14/2019

AT&T expects to see a strong wave of upgraded 5G devices hit the market next year as phone makers start to install chipsets that support millimeter-wave spectrum as well as sub-6 GHz frequencies, Senior Vice President Igal Elbaz told a media conference. The carrier, which is marketing 5G only to enterprise customers for now, will likely introduce a phone for the lower-band spectrum this year.

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11/14/2019

A change in philosophy since the end of Jony Ives' time as Apple's head of design has resulted in thicker devices that give greater priority to functionality than they do to form, CNBC's Todd Haselton writes. He points to the new 8.3 millimeter iPhone 11 that is thicker than previous handsets but can support a stronger battery.

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11/14/2019

MobileNation informed its subscribers that it will cease operating its wireless service on Jan. 7 in a website message that the company has since taken down and replaced with an out-of-service note. Owned by SI Wireless, the telecom -- which serves parts of Tennessee and Kentucky -- has not commented on the original post.

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11/14/2019

Union Wireless warned the Federal Communications Commission that it would have to install an entirely new network at a cost of up to $110 million if the rural wireless carrier had to rip out its gear it bought from China's Huawei Technologies. The telecom, which serves four states around its Wyoming base, was responding to an FCC proposal to help some Huawei-supplied carriers replace their equipment.

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11/14/2019

A bill aimed at facilitating people's ability to receive public safety alerts on cellphones, radios and televisions has been advanced from committee to the Senate floor. The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement Act of 2019 was inspired by a false-alarm missile alert in Hawaii that many people didn't receive.

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