AT&T Virtual and Augmented Reality Project Taps Edge Computing

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AT&T is testing augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) in a project at the company’s edge computing test zone. AT&T aims to use edge computing to support low-latency data processing for VR and AR. While VR focuses on synthetic three-dimensional worlds, AT&T augmented reality efforts could support real-world applications such as smart cities by giving designers...Learn More

Trump Proposal Could Provide as Much as $40 Billion for Rural Broadband (At Least in Theory)

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The White House today released some additional details about President Trump’s proposal to make $50 billion available for rural infrastructure investment – and in theory, at least, as much as $40 billion of that money could go to rural broadband. Trump rural broadband plans first came to light last week as part of a broader...Learn More

Google Data Center Expansion Will Impact 14 States, Thousands of New Hires Planned

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Google is launching or expanding its data centers and office holdings in 14 states. The company now has offices and data centers in 21 states, with thousands of new hires planned for this year.Much of the Google expansion will be aimed at supporting cloud development. Google’s investment in cloud infrastructure will have direct and indirect...Learn More

NGN Connect Buys Back the Fixed Wireless Business It Sold to an Electric Cooperative

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NGN Connect, a community-owned network operating in north Georgia, said today that it has reacquired the fixed wireless customer base and assets that it sold to Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC) in 2015. NGN Connect and HEMC are co-owners, along with Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, of NGN, a cooperative  formerly known as North Georgia...Learn More

FairPoint Brand is Formally Retired, Consolidated Focuses on Upgrading Broadband

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Another telecommunications brand will fade away, starting today, as Consolidated Communications will retire the FairPoint brand and begin operating as Consolidated Communications in former FairPoint territories. Consolidated acquired FairPoint for $1.3 billion (including debt) in July 2017. The combined company now operates in 24 states with a fiber network that spans 36K route miles, making...Learn More

C Spire 5G Fixed Wireless Test to Feature 3.65 GHz Spectrum

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C Spire plans to test new 5G fixed wireless technology at their Ridgeland, Miss. headquarters tomorrow, with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr in attendance. The C Spire 5G fixed wireless test will feature patented technology from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Cohere Technologies. Cohere’s turboConnect fixed wireless access platform uses orthogonal time frequency and space (OTFS) wireless modulation...Learn More

ACA Survey: Retransmission Fees May Reach $19 Per Subscriber, Per Month by 2020

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Retransmission fees are continuing to escalate and will go much higher in the next few years, according to smaller cable companies that are members of the American Cable Association (ACA). ACA members reported that they will be forced to pay corporate broadcasters an average of 88 percent more in “retrans” fees by 2020.  Based on...Learn More

Look! Up in the Sky. Is It a Bird? Is It a Plane? It’s a Rural SuperTower

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Startup company Altaeros is taking LTE higher – literally. The company has developed rural SuperTowers aimed at easing LTE deployment challenges in rural communities. SuperTowers are essentially industrial blimps outfitted to take the place of as many as 30 conventional cell towers but providing larger coverage areas. Late last year, Altaeros partnered with Ericsson on...Learn More

Comcast Fixed and Mobile Wireless Trials to Use Portion of CBRS Band

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Comcast is planning fixed and mobile wireless trials in Philadelphia using spectrum in the 3650-3700 MHz band, according to a news report from Mobile World Live based on a Comcast FCC filing. The possibility of a Comcast fixed wireless offering is a new development. The company’s current wireless offering, dubbed Xfinity Mobile, is a mobile...Learn More

SpaceX Could Be the Next Satellite Broadband Provider

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Rocket and space exploration company SpaceX could be the next satellite broadband provider if the FCC moves ahead with commission chairman Ajit Pai’s recommendation to approve the company to offer those services. SpaceX broadband would be somewhat different from existing satellite broadband offerings, in that it would be delivered from low-earth orbit satellites rather than...Learn More

Microsoft Project Belgrade Taps Small Cells for TV White Spaces Fixed Wireless Broadband

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TV white spaces fixed wireless broadband technology could benefit from small cell deployments, according to Microsoft. The technology giant has been conducting a trial tapping the two technologies in Cambridge, U.K. in a deployment dubbed Microsoft Project Belgrade and has been encouraged by the results. “The project has successfully proven that cellular network deployment for...Learn More

Report: Fixed Wireless Interest Will Drive Growth in LTE, 802.11-based Equipment Solutions

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The fixed wireless access market will generate nearly $20 billion in cumulative equipment revenue from base station access point (AP) and customer premise equipment (CPE) sales over the next six years, according to a fixed wireless market forecast from Mobile Experts. Annual sales of “dedicated” fixed wireless AP equipment are forecast to grow from $430...Learn More

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