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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.