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FCC gives official OK to Sprint, T-Mobile merger

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
The Federal Communications Commission issued its order allowing T-Mobile to merge with Sprint, pending the result of a federal court trial that starts next month, after a 3-2 party line vote. The Republican commissioners acceded to the merger after the carriers agreed to a series of concessions aimed at enabling DISH Network to become a viable fourth major carrier. Reuters (11/5)

DISH's Ergen: Even with uncertainty we're pursuing 5G

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
DISH Network is all in on building a 5G network even though the future of the T-Mobile-Sprint tie-up remains clouded in uncertainty, Charlie Ergen, the company chairman, told analysts. The satellite provider said it will hold a rights offering for $1 billion to raise funds for the project, which Ergen said would be less costly than rival carriers' efforts because DISH is using more advanced, software-oriented technology. FierceWireless (11/7)

FCC urges stations to come to agreement with DIRECTV

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
The Federal Communications Commission asked groups of broadcast stations to enter negotiations with AT&T's DIRECTV after five months during which some customers have lacked access to certain channels. Two of the groups have reached deals with AT&T, but seven are still in conflict. Reuters (11/8)

USDA parcels awards to rural telecoms under ReConnect

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
The US Department of Agriculture awarded a $27.5 million grant to a rural broadband provider in Clinton, N.C., as well as a $4.2 million loan to an Oklahoma telecom under the USDA's ReConnect Pilot Program, a $600 million fund Congress created in 2018. Star Telephone Membership Corp. will hook up 8,750 homes in Clinton while the Oklahoma Western Telephone Co. will help 300 households. Telecompetitor (11/6)

Battery life, storage are top consumer priorities for phones

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
Consumers rated battery life as the most important feature in a new smartphone, with storage, camera quality and display resolution coming next in that order, in a GlobalWebIndex survey of 575,000 UK and US residents. Newer technologies, such as biometric security, augmented and virtual reality and digital wellness were among the lowest on the wish list. MediaPost Communications (11/6)

Find your smart speaker voice

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
Smart speakers and voice technology are increasingly wending their way from the consumer world to B2B processes. To optimize this technology, B2B marketers need to use natural, everyday language -- and work closely with sales to deploy the right words and/or terms.

Apple Watch can now be a Roku remote

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
Roku has rolled out an Apple Watch app that enables users to control its streaming device from the watch. The app offers voice search features and quick access to favorite channels. TechCrunch (11/8)

Small screens, big hopes: Smart glasses seize imagination

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
Tech giants and startups alike are working to develop augmented reality smart glasses that are sleek and fashionable enough to be worn all day. Tech writer Todd Haselton offers an update on the technology, which advocates say could eventually replace smartphones and even computers. CNBC (11/11)

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Tue, 11/12/2019 - 19:44
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AT&T says DIRECTV brings in yearly $4B+ cash flow

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
John Stephens, chief financial officer at AT&T, said that the company expected its U-Verse and DIRECTV subscriber losses last quarter, and thinks the worst is now over. Company head Randall Stephenson says that DIRECTV has generated more than $4 billion in cash flow each year since AT&T purchased it. Multichannel News (11/5)

Kentucky broadband project reaches densely populated areas

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
KentuckyWired has expanded its broadband network to highly populated areas in Northern Kentucky, Lexington and Louisville, with an extension to Frankfort's government buildings, state officials said. Private companies will lease the networks in the government sites in order to help subsidize the project's $1.5 billion cost. WFPL-FM (Louisville, Ky.) (10/28)

AT&T, cable at odds over C-Band plan

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
AT&T is backing a modified version of satellite companies' suggestion for a private auction of C-band spectrum even as cable companies call for the sale to be public. AT&T, in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, called on the agency to alter existing satellite licenses, then require satellite companies to sell them. Multichannel News (11/4)

GOP Sens. Graham, Wicker butt heads over STELAR sunset

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
A pair of powerful Senate Republicans are at odds over the future of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization law, which is due to expire this year. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has called for the sunset of the act, while Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who chairs the Commerce Committee, has backed its extension and has set a Nov. 13 meeting to mark up STELAR legislation. Multichannel News (11/1)

64M smart homes in Europe, N. America last year

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
Europe and North America hit 64 million smart homes last year, Berg Insight reports. The smart home market grew almost 39% last year, with North America at 33.8 million smart homes, or 24% of North American homes. New Electronics (UK) (11/4)

Hey Google, play jazz on SiriusXM

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
Google Home and Nest Home users soon will be able to listen to SiriusXM on their smart speakers with a simple voice command, and Nest Hub and Hub Max users will have access to SiriusXM videos. Digital Trends (10/30)

Apple Card good for iPhone buys; subscriptions may follow

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
Apple plans to ease the iPhone buying process by allowing customers to charge the purchase of their device on an Apple Card with zero interest for two years and receive 3% cash back. The company is also reportedly considering a subscription bundle in which hardware upgrades and services such as iCloud and Apple TV+ could be offered for a monthly fee. CNBC (10/31)

Samsung demos foldable phone concepts

Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
Samsung Electronics gave developers a look at two potential designs for a new foldable phone the company is testing, including a handset that's shaped similarly to a candy bar and can fold in two ways. The company also introduced a rugged smartphone aimed at helping law enforcement and other first responders. PC Magazine (10/29)

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Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
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Tue, 11/05/2019 - 19:19
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