FCC proceeds with limited millimeter-wave auctions | Google asks FCC for more CBRS tests | T-Mobile seeks approval for more AWS-3 tests
April 19, 2018
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FCC proceeds with limited millimeter-wave auctions
The Federal Communications Commission moved on Tuesday toward auctioning wireless licenses for the 28 gigahertz and 24 GHz wireless bands starting in November. Competitive Carriers Association President and CEO Steven Berry said the agency should have expanded the auctions to more frequencies that support millimeter-wave spectrum.
FierceWireless (4/17),  Telecompetitor (4/17) 
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Advocacy Spotlight
Google asks FCC for more CBRS tests
Google wants to conduct more Texas trials of 4G-based Citizens Band Radio Service in the 3.5 gigahertz band, per a Federal Communications Commission filing. Also, Ericsson and CommScope said they successfully completed interoperability tests in the CBRS band.
Light Reading (4/17),  Wireless Week (4/13) 
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Carrier Watch
T-Mobile seeks approval for more AWS-3 tests
T-Mobile has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test unidentified advanced services using FCC-held AWS-3 spectrum, as well as PCS and AWS frequencies the carrier owns. Also, T-Mobile has launched a discount program on wireless service for those in the armed forces and their families.
FierceWireless (4/16),  FierceWireless (4/18) 
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Technology and Trends
Black consumers remain reliant on smartphones for internet access
Black consumers remain reliant on smartphones for internet access
(Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Black consumers in the US were early adopters of smartphones, but other groups have now caught up, eMarketer reports. However, other research reveals that black Americans are still more likely than white peers to rely on their smartphones as the primary tool for going online.
eMarketer (4/17) 
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Ossia partners with Molex for wireless charging
Ossia, a company that develops technology for wireless charging at a distance, has partnered with Molex, an electronics provider, to speed up creation of its products. Ossia is specifically working on "trickle-charging" capability, which allows devices to charge from a distance and even through obstacles such as walls.
Computerworld (4/18) 
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Nokia drives increased interest in retro devices
Nokia drives increased interest in retro devices
Nokia 8110 (HMD Global)
With the return of Nokia-branded handsets last year from HMD Global, interest in classic devices has been renewed. Nokia makes the devices more appealing by offering some of today's technology, such as Google Assistant capabilities.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/17) 
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Survey: 89% use smartphones to control connected products
Eighty-nine percent of 1,000 US internet users surveyed by GfK said they use their phones to control smart home products, an increase of 19 percentage points since 2015.
eMarketer (4/17) 
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CCA News
CCA supports policies that keep America safe and rural communities connected
Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making to ensure Universal Service Fund support is not used to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a national security threat to the United States. While CCA supports policies that bolster national security, CCA expressed concern about the impact this measure will have on small carriers and consumers, especially those in rural America. CCA supports finding solutions that strengthen national security without weakening connectivity to the country's most remote and hard-to-reach areas. Read more.
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