Competitive Carriers Association supports Federal Communications Commission action to streamline infrastructure siting barriers, including rate-based barriers and those that prohibit deployment at the state and local levels, through swift action such as the FCC's vote on a Declaratory Ruling to prohibit moratoria at the August Open Meeting.
Competitive Carriers Association joined several other entities in supporting Ligado Networks' petition to leverage 40 MHz of midband frequencies to build a terrestrial network largely devoted to the industrial internet of things. CCA noted that Ligado has worked closely with stakeholders and the government to prevent interference within the band.
US Cellular has signed a multiyear sponsorship deal to become the Green Bay Packers' Official Wireless Partner, a move that includes supporting the NFL team's new app, as well as providing charging stations throughout the Packers' Lambeau Field. And as a centerpiece of upgrades to the stadium's concourse, the regional carrier will also sponsor a space where fans will meet.
T-Mobile unveiled its narrowband internet of things network last week, saying it was the first wireless carrier to do so; the carrier conducted trials in Las Vegas in 2017. The company also said it had launched the world's first NB-IoT service in "guard" bands, a move designed to prevent interference with other data traffic.
Qualcomm Technologies has produced a new antenna for 5G service designed to be small enough to work well with mobile devices. The 5G NR millimeter wave and sub-6 gigahertz RF modules will enable smartphones and other wireless devices to support gigabit 5G networks.
Repair business iDoctor Cell Phone Repair in Washington state is rebranding its two stores as uBreakiFix stores. Meanwhile, uBreakiFix has opened a location in Long Island, N.Y.
Israeli software firm Plataine has developed an app for Google Glass that can understand and respond to spoken words. Plataine is developing other features for its app, including image recognition capabilities.
Organizations or individuals who have access to voter data in California are obligated to notify the state if that information is breached or stolen under a bill signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown. The rule also makes intentionally misleading voters about voter eligibility, polling locations and polling times a misdemeanor.
Sinclair Broadcast Group this week offered to put two of its stations in a divestiture trust to rescue its $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media, which met with skepticism this week from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai ordered a hearing on the deal and took issue with Sinclair's original plan to divest its stations but retain operational control.