Approximately 20,000 of Cambium Networks' Citizens Band Radio Service management devices are now in use, the company says, and its customer base of internet service providers now exceeds 150. Cambium adds that most of its customers use CBRS frequencies for fixed wireless to enhance suburban and rural broadband service, but that the band is also useful for mobile operators and private LTE access.
AT&T will spend $10 million in partnership with several non-profit groups on programs at historically Black colleges and universities designed to improve economic opportunities in technology fields. The funds will support projects to study ways to tackle homelessness and education gaps as well as work readiness programs among Black teens and young adults.
Rural wireless testbeds in Nebraska and Iowa will develop platforms for studying "various novel broadband delivery technologies for research and experimentation." The National Science Foundation is providing $300,000 to a team from Ames, Iowa, and Iowa State University and the same amount to Lincoln, Neb., and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., would provide $6.5 billion to the
Federal Communications Commission under a bill earmarking funds for rural broadband. Gardner said that at least 65,000 students in his state probably lack internet access, and that connectivity is vital for work and health care.
ScreenHits TV is launching a $1.99 a month app that lets streaming subscribers search and watch their over-the-top services under a consolidated guide that also provides a unitary billing and ordering platform for customers. The UK-based company says it supports the major subscription video-on-demand services and is said to be compatible with most streaming devices apparently aside from Roku.
Amazon's Fire TV will continue to support streaming the HBO app -- formerly called HBO Now -- following a temporary agreement worked out with WarnerMedia. The companies are in the midst of negotiating a deal that would allow users of Fire TV streaming sticks, boxes and smart TVs to watch HBO Max, which is also still seeking entry to Roku devices.
Google is introducing a new lineup of interactive games to its Smart Display platforms that can be launched by simple vocal prompts. Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Trivia Crack are among the games being offered.
The unveiling of Google's long-awaited Pixel 4A, shipping this month, was accompanied by the announcement that two additional devices -- the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4A 5G -- will be shipping in the fall. Dieter Bohn writes that the 4A is likely to be sold primarily online, as major carriers are focusing on 5G-capable phones, which will include the latter two models.
SBCA Adds 6 New Online Courses for Satellite Individuals Professionals
SBCA is pleased to announce the addition of six new online courses designed to help satellite industry professionals improve their business, sales and customer care skill. This is a good time to focus on improving your organization and profitability as the country works towards recovery.
Each self-paced course is contains interactive chapters and quizzes designed to improve your skill sets, help you better manage your workforce and improve your sales. Each course is 1.5-4 hours in length and cost $99 ($79 for SBCA members).
The courses include:
Leadership: Designed for business owners and managers this program includes 19 chapters designed to provide insight on how to build and manage a successful workforce.
Customer Care: Supervisors and front-line employees will benefit from this program focuses exclusively on customer service. The course contains 18 interactive modules to help participants better understand how to improve their customer service skills.
Managing Your Sales Team: For business owners and managers this program contains 20 chapters designed to help you better manage and support your sales team. Courses include preparing your sales team, telling your business story and consultative selling.
Sales 101: This course is for anyone who is involved with the sales process, with a focus on new employees this 20 section course offers tips and techniques such as how to handle sales leads, negotiation, prospecting and much more.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.
Albert Schweitzer, theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, physician
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