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2/24/2021

Dobson Fiber has acquired Pinnacle Communications of Fort Smith, Ark., and increased its fiber route miles to more than 4,500. The deal expands Dobson's business market to over 35,000 locations.

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Telecompetitor
2/24/2021

Kevin Hasley, CEO of RootMetrics, discusses the benefits of 5G to business and connectivity, including the expansion of rural broadband. "The broader coverage and opportunity for increased speeds mean that 5G can act as a vehicle for fixed wireless access (FWA), serving connectivity to houses that a router can then distribute just like traditional broadband," Hasley writes.

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RootMetrics
2/23/2021

T-Mobile's new Magenta Max plan, a replacement for Magenta Plus, eliminates the throttling that once kicked in when use exceeded 50 gigabytes per month. The carrier said its deployment of 2.5 GHz frequencies lets it support more capacity.

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T-Mobile
2/23/2021

Ericsson says that its new radio access network and massive multiple-input-multiple-output products will let carriers expand their 5G coverage using mid-band spectrum. The three new MIMO radios weigh 45% less and use 20% less energy than previous versions, the company adds.

2/23/2021

DISH Network remains on schedule to test 5G service in one or more "major" markets before October, Chairman Charlie Ergen said. The satellite carrier also signed its second tower deal, in which it will lease capacity from SBA Communications.

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SBA Communications
2/22/2021

UScellular's investor disclosures suggest that the cost of its recent C-band spectrum purchases reached $1.46 billion, but executives still can't discuss details due to Federal Communications Commission regulations about the auction. The carrier's net postpaid sales grew by 11,000 in the fourth quarter and it gained 47,000 more overall customers during 2020.

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FierceWireless
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UScellular
2/22/2021

Akamai and the Center for Internet Security are offering a malicious internet domain blocking and reporting service for free to US hospitals and health care systems. The service automatically blocks access to domains associated with ransomware, malware and phishing, and it sends weekly reports showing accepted and blocked requests.

2/22/2021

Knowing when to follow is also a part of leadership, writes Wally Bock, who recommends figuring out each situation's context, being clear in your vision and helping people find purpose in their work. "Whether you're in a leadership position or not, you should prepare to lead well," he writes.

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Wally Bock
2/22/2021

Google released its first preview version for Android 12, with many of its new features hidden from public view while developers analyze them and provide feedback. The initial release appears to show a variety of new notification and color elements.

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Ars Technica
2/22/2021

Smartphone shipments fell by 12.5% during 2020, Gartner reports, partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The research firm adds that the iPhone 12 with 5G support contributed significantly to fourth-quarter recovery and that Apple regained the market lead then as well.

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TechRadar, ZDNet