A recently passed Mississippi bill provides $75 million to improve rural internet access. The plan limits broadband providers to $6 million apiece and requires them to match funding and provide service within a year.
Large cities in Florida, Texas, Utah and Hawaii now have access to AT&T's low-band 5G service, with some areas in Florida and Texas also getting dynamic spectrum sharing technology. AT&T added 28 markets in all, raising the number of regions in its 5G footprint to 335.
The Federal Communications Commission should increase the power levels it permits for access points using unlicensed 6 GHz frequencies, Verizon says. The carrier explains that more powerful access points will help services, such as 5G New Radio--Unlicensed, that rely on wideband technology.
Video services will use more than three-quarters of wireless bandwidth worldwide in five years, Ericsson predicts in its new Mobility Report. The company also expects that 5G subscriptions will rise from 190 million when 2020 ends to 2.8 billion before Dec. 31, 2025.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has created a machine-learning algorithm that uses past data to select channels in shared frequencies. Researchers at the agency say that the method could vastly improve the efficiency of networks such as 5G.
France, Germany and the UK are rethinking the use of equipment from Huawei Technologies, while Singapore and Denmark have decided to use other providers. The company can no longer use chips manufactured with US methods, putting it at a disadvantage where 5G is concerned.
Companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Spotify are preventing iPhone and iPad users from making in-app purchases in order to avoid the 30% Apple requires from third parties. Others, like Tinder, are charging consumers higher fees for using apps to subscribe.
Major wireless carriers and other internet service providers will not extend their waivers on data caps or late fees beyond the June 30 date the Federal Communications Commission promoted as part of its "Keep America Connected" campaign. Certain carriers have given some subscribers more data under their existing plans, however.
WISPA told the Federal Communications Commission that embracing the Keep Americans Connected pledge cost internet service providers an average of more than $30,000 for each company. The pledge officially ends Tuesday, but WISPA says members will make decisions case by case, favoring the outcome of keeping customers connected.
Watch Communications is teaming up with Indiana's Wabash Heartland Innovation Network on what the companies say will be the nation's largest testbed for rural broadband. Wireless gateways in the 10-county area will connect internet of things, manufacturing and agricultural devices through sensors.