Sprint partners with LG for 5G | Court stays FCC decision on tribal broadband subsidies | Altice USA files application with FCC to begin CBRS testing
August 16, 2018
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Sprint partners with LG for 5G
Sprint has partnered with LG for the creation of 5G smartphones, which are expected in early 2019. Also, the company intends to launch 5G networks in major metro areas, including Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Houston.
USA Today (8/14),  Telecompetitor (8/14) 
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Advocacy Spotlight
Court stays FCC decision on tribal broadband subsidies
Tribal residents and small, rural wireless carriers scored a victory as a federal appeals court stayed a Federal Communications Commission decision that would have made it harder for them to qualify for Lifeline broadband or phone subsidies. The court said the tribal groups and carriers who resell service to them were likely to win their case on its merits.
Inside Towers (8/14),  Ars Technica (8/13),  The Verge (8/13) 
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Altice USA files application with FCC to begin CBRS testing
Altice USA has filed a special temporary authority licensing application with the Federal Communications Commission to conduct testing on Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum. The company seeks to begin indoor and outdoor testing on Sept. 1 using small cell products and equipment from vendors including Nokia and Ericsson.
Light Reading (8/14),  Multichannel News (8/14) 
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Carrier Watch
T-Mobile unveils "Team of Experts," Pandora deal
T-Mobile has uncorked a customer service initiative in which postpaid subscribers will gain access to a regional "Team of Experts" across the US that will replace automated customer representatives and phone menus. Also, T-Mobile will provide subscribers through its T-Mobile Tuesdays app with a free year of Pandora's ad-free service and special concert ticket offers from Live Nation.
The Verge (8/15),  Variety (8/15) 
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U.S. Cellular will offer "payback" to unlimited data subs
U.S. Cellular will provide unlimited data subscribers with a $10 credit each month if they use less than 3 gigabytes each month under new pricing plans that take effect Aug. 23. The carrier confirmed it is raising its unlimited plan by $5 a month and doing away with the 6 GB package.
FierceWireless (8/15) 
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Technology and Trends
Samsung gearing up for 5G future
Samsung Electronics expressed hopes to become the first phonemaker to release a 5G phone, but mobile head DJ Koh said the Galaxy S10 will not be that phone. Also, Samsung introduced the Exynos Modem 5100, which complies with the latest 5G standard and is backward-compatible, meaning that the Exynos Modem 5100 could speed the release of a 5G phone.
VentureBeat (8/13),  Engadget (8/15) 
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FirstNet board approves 2019 operating budget, future investments
FirstNet's board has approved an $81 million operating budget for 2019, voted to put $81 million in a new reserve fund and set aside $79 million for investments in building its network. A plan that go beyond an operating budget "really marks the very important milestone in this, the first year of the sustainable business model," said FirstNet board member Ed Horowitz.
Urgent Communications (8/15) 
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