Attorneys general from Washington, D.C., and nine states filed suit in federal court to block T-Mobile from merging with Sprint, saying a year-long probe convinced them the deal violates antitrust laws. The group contends that the merger would cost jobs and drive up cellphone service prices.
The Federal Communications Commission will vote in August on an order aimed at improving the accuracy of broadband maps, Chairman Ajit Pai told the Senate Commerce Committee. Pai said the agency would propose that service providers report "where they actually offer service below the census block level."
Two states are dealing with the lack of cell-based rural service in different ways: Maine lawmakers sent their governor legislation to use state assets to boost rural wireless service, while Vermont is asking rural localities if they would be willing to pay for microcells that would provide cell service in their towns.
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U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile and Sprint are among the carriers that will sell Samsung Electronics' new low-price Galaxy phones -- the $180 A10E and the $250 A20 -- that the company is expected to release in a few weeks. Samsung this week dropped its $350 mid-range A50 phone which includes three rear cameras and a 6.4-inch display.
A number of groups have urged the Federal Communications Commission to back Microsoft's proposal for rule changes aimed at increasing the deployment of TV white space technology to rural areas. Microsoft, which filed its petition on May 3, has asked the FCC for a series of technical changes.
Mobile and telehealth proponents need to do a better job getting out their message to the medical community and consumers if they want to expand beyond a 20% adoption rate, American Telemedicine Association CEO Ann Mond Johnson told an industry summit. She said the work starts with dispelling seven myths about the service, which are outlined in this piece.
The White House budget office has asked Congress for a two-year delay in carrying out parts of legislation that prohibits awarding federal contracts to companies that work with China's Huawei Technologies, saying they need more time to distance themselves from the vendor. Google has also asked for a waiver exempting it from a proposed ban on doing business with Huawei, on the grounds that the prohibition will spur Huawei to build its own operating system that could be hacked.
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