The Federal Communications Commission will eliminate its 4G-oriented Mobility Fund II in favor of a new $9 billion program aimed at equipping rural areas with 5G wireless networks, with $1 billion going to precision agriculture and other technologies to help farmers. The decision comes after the agency found that maps designed to pinpoint the extent of 4G services were inaccurate.
The Federal Communications Commission is justified in moving to preempt state and local regulations that the agency views as overstepping their authority or are detrimental to the national interest, FCC General Counsel Tom Johnson said. He pointed to recent moves that prevented California from taxing text messages and limited localities from charging what he termed excessive fees on 5G site applications.
Huawei has asked a federal appeals court to undo a Federal Communications Commission decision that forbids carriers from using Universal Service Fund money to buy gear and services from the Chinese vendor and ZTE. The manufacturer argued the ban violates its due process and "exceeds the agency's statutory authority and violates federal law, the Constitution, and other laws."
T-Mobile has lit up its 5G network, which covers more than 200 million people in upward of 5,000 localities, using low-band 600 megahertz spectrum. Compatible handsets -- Samsung's Galaxy Note10+ 5G and the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren -- are expected to hit the market Friday, and the network initially will deliver data speeds comparable to those of advanced LTE networks, but T-Mobile says download rates will eventually get faster.
C Spire is supporting Mississippi State University in its efforts to provide students with coding skills to encourage them to enter a career where jobs are relatively plentiful. The carrier co-sponsored an event this week that introduced students from across the state to software development.
AT&T recently announced that FirstNet has made 1 million connections from over 10,000 public safety agencies. The company also will add a blimp to its three drones for coverage options and has completed 75% of the 700MHz Band 14 network buildout for FirstNet.
Physicians at a New York medical center are encouraged by a new program that allows them to monitor the progress of lung transplant patients who track and report their vitals remotely via a smartphone app while also holding video chats with their doctors. NYU Langone Health said its program helps physicians discover adverse medical issues earlier than in the past.
Supply chain data points to Apple releasing four iPhones that support 5G service in 2020, JPMorgan predicted, saying in a note that the company will likely introduce them later in the year in sizes ranging from 5.4 inches to 6.7 inches. The analysts also suggested that Apple may drop new iPhones in two steps from 2021 onward, in order to gain more flexibility and reduce seasonality issues.
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