October 28, 2021
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Verizon, Amazon team up for rural broadband access
Verizon announced it will work with Amazon and its Project Kuiper network of 3,236 satellites to provide broadband access to rural areas over Verizon's 4G and 5G networks. Amazon has said it will spend more than $10 billion to build the system, which Verizon says will provide cellular backhaul in place of laying fiber in select locations.
Full Story: The Verge (10/26),  CNBC (10/26) 
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AT&T will help Ford Motor Co. build the 2022 electric F-150 Lightning pickup at the automaker's Dearborn, Mich., site by providing 5G connectivity along with multi-edge computer technology. The 5G network will allow factory employees using mobile devices and computers to work more efficiently as well as support robots and internet-linked machines, the companies said.
Full Story: ZDNet (10/26) 
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Verizon opened up about its internet of things plans saying they will accelerate early next year with further access to the carrier's 5G Nationwide and Ultra Broadband networks. Verizon also offered details about ongoing trials for ThingSpace Intelligence saying the suite of analytics and management IoT tools will deliver advanced analytics-as-a-service to customers.
Full Story: Mobile World Live (U.K.) (10/26),  FierceWireless (10/26) 
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AT&T announced plans to offer firewall management for companies that are using 5G in private networks, part of an eventual portfolio of security solutions that the carrier anticipates providing. Among organizations in an AT&T report, only 9% are confident in their security preparations when it comes to 5G, while another recent poll reveals that 90% of Americans worry about hacking.
Full Story: Telecompetitor (10/27) 
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Full Story: Eblin Group (10/26) 
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Isabel Kunkle
I know the joys and trials of wireless connectivity well: I depend on my phone's hot spot for internet in my apartment in Massachusetts, when visiting my parents in rural Pennsylvania, and at a plethora of spots in between. This is my third year as the SmartBrief Telecom Editor. Before that, I worked at 451 Research, Thomson Reuters, and O'Reilly Media. If you have any questions or suggestions about the wireless world, drop me an email! I'm always looking for new angles.

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