AT&T announced that it plans to roll out fixed and wireless 5G service commercially by late 2018, with the Phase 2 mobility standard being launched in late 2019. The move will put the launch a year earlier than previously expected, and the company plans to begin testing the 5G service in Austin, Texas, in the next few weeks.
Verizon's Marni Walden talked about the telecom's focus on media following its completed acquisition of Yahoo. "Beyond the network, we have aspirations for what we want to do: build applications and services that ride on the network," said Walden.
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking input on state and local regulations that might restrict broadband deployment in multiple tenant environments such as businesses and residences. The commission is also looking into how regulations could affect competition among carriers.
You have to start somewhere -- and the elimination of payphone rules is a good place to start modernizing outdated regulations. The Federal Communications Commission has approved a proposed order aimed at eliminating outdated requirements that carriers complete an annual audit of their payphone tracking systems. These rules are just one example of a set of telecom regulations that have outlived their useful purpose. As USTelecom CEO Jonathan Spalter stated, "It's hard to imagine how any American is served by having telecom providers undergo expensive annual audits of payphone data, since payphone sightings have become almost as rare as a baseball no-hitter." Learn more.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has announced that the platform now has 1.5 billion monthly logged-in viewers; she also revealed that videos watched via its app can now be resized for screens and shared more easily via private message. Also, Nielsen has announced that its YouTube-centric Digital Ad Ratings now offers cross-device measurement of audiences across all mobile devices and computers.
Netflix has added content that will allow children to pick their own adventures with branching narratives. "Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale" was launched this week, while another tale will be available in July and a third program is planned for next year.
Oracle has partnered with AT&T to deploy enterprise applications on the company's cloud and to migrate thousands of its existing databases. Oracle executives believe the move will help convince other enterprises to do the same.
OneWeb satellite broadband service will be coming to the US after the Federal Communications Commission gave the green light to its request to deliver service stateside. Permission has been granted pending new rules on spectrum sharing and fixed satellite systems, which will lay out sharing criteria.