Sprint begins marketing PTT service to businesses | Lawsuits pile up to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules | Senate to follow House in renewing NSA surveillance
January 18, 2018
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Sprint begins marketing PTT service to businesses
Sprint begins marketing PTT service to businesses
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Sprint has rolled out its next-generation, push-to-talk service for enterprises, Sprint Direct Connect Plus. SDC Plus, which uses the Kodiak PTT platform, offers support for Wi-Fi communications and tablets, as well as presence information.
FierceWireless (1/16) 
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Advocacy Spotlight
Lawsuits pile up to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules
Lawsuits pile up to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules
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Attorneys general from more than 20 states, including California and New York, filed a combined petition Tuesday to block the Federal Communications Commission's rollback of net neutrality regulations as advocacy groups filed similar motions. A total of 50 senators have endorsed a measure to block the new rules, but the resolution faces an uphill battle in the House, plus a presidential veto.
The Hill (1/16),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (1/16),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/16),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/15) 
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Senate to follow House in renewing NSA surveillance
The Senate on Tuesday agreed to limit debate on a measure that would extend the National Security Agency's authority to conduct surveillance of internet communications without a warrant. The bipartisan cloture move, which passed by the minimum number of votes, means the bill will head to a full Senate vote this week after the House passed the measure last week.
Reuters (1/16) 
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Carrier Watch
Upbeat forecast prompts analysts' T-Mobile upgrade
T-Mobile's bullish fourth-quarter outlook a week ago spurred Wells Fargo to issue a more robust estimate of the carrier's earnings. T-Mobile previewed its results, saying it would add 1.1 million branded postpaid subscribers in the period and 3.6 million for the year, a disclosure that caused the analysts to lift revenue estimates for the quarter.
FierceWireless (1/12) 
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Technology and Trends
Samsung said to be prepping foldable 7.3-inch phone
Samsung Electronics, which is reportedly ready to release its new Galaxy S9 phones next month, privately demonstrated foldable smartphones in Las Vegas last week, a South Korean media report reveals. The company is expected to begin production of the 7.3-inch devices this year.
Gadget (1/12) 
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Companies unveil wireless charging options
Several companies are working on wireless charging options, including Ossia, which unveiled its wireless charging transmitter at CES last week and reports that it can charge devices from up to 30 feet away. Another company, Energous Corp., recently received FCC certification for a similar device, WattUp, which is capable of charging from 3 feet away.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/16) 
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Report: LG pushes back G7 release to execute a complete redesign
LG has reportedly scrapped its current plans for the G7 flagship smartphone and is rebuilding the phone from scratch, The Korea Herald reports. The phone was expected to be released in March, but the redesign could push the release back to April.
The Korea Herald (Seoul) (1/15),  The Inquirer (U.K.) (1/16) 
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