Groups ask FCC to change broadband definition | AT&T, Purdue will build 5G testbed lab in Indianapolis | Opinion: Is the FCC ignoring rural broadband needs again?
December 3, 2019
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Groups ask FCC to change broadband definition
The Federal Communications Commission should raise the qualifying download speeds for broadband from 25 Mbps to a minimum of 100 Mbps, Next Century Cities, Public Knowledge and Common Cause said in an FCC filing. Video streaming is one major impetus for the proposed change, as are telehealth and education in rural areas.
MediaPost Communications (11/26) 
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AT&T, Purdue will build 5G testbed lab in Indianapolis
AT&T is partnering with Purdue University on construction of an Indianapolis lab that will cater to researchers and entrepreneurs, the organizations announced. Bill Soards, president of AT&T's Indiana division, says that the Purdue Research Lab will conduct tests on expanding 5G uses in such areas as manufacturing and agriculture.
Indiana Public Media (11/27) 
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Opinion: Is the FCC ignoring rural broadband needs again?
Ajit Pai's plan for a public auction of the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz C-band spectrum came without any mention of fixed wireless in rural areas, notes a blog post by CCG Consulting. There's still time to address the rural digital divide, as Pai, who leads the Federal Communications Commission, has talked about since he made the announcement in a short letter.
POTs and PANs (11/25) 
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Eutelsat shows support for FCC's C-band auction
Eutelsat Communications has come out in support of a government auction of C-band spectrum but is calling for some funds from the auction to go to satellite operators. Intelsat, SES and Telesat are currently working with the Federal Communications Commission on an alternative to the public auction.
Space News International (11/25) 
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Technology, Manufacturing & Trends
JPMorgan: Apple may release 4 phones for 5G next year
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 to gain more flexibility and reduce seasonality issues.
CNN (12/2),  CNBC (12/2) 
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Samsung confirms Galaxy S11 features
Samsung has confirmed details of the Galaxy S11, with one of its most significant features being dubbed the Hubble camera because of its 5X optical zooming capability. The device will also be equipped with 5G technology and bigger batteries.
Forbes (12/1) 
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Making kitchens smarter without going over budget
Home chefs can affordably create a smart -- or at least smarter -- kitchen with gadgets such as plugs that automate existing countertop appliances and Bluetooth thermometers that monitor meat temperatures. On the decor front, smart lights can automate kitchen lighting based on the time of day.
CNET (12/2) 
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Ambient Mode offers smart display during Android charging
Google Assistant's Ambient Mode for Android devices, which offers a revamped smart display while devices are charging, has rolled out for several phone and tablet models and will be coming to more soon. The feature includes reminders, alerts, smart home toggles, travel information and photo slideshows.
Android Authority (11/26) 
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