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Mayors Argue for Local Decision Authority on 5G Infrastructure in Letter to FCC

Thirty-six mayors and elected local leaders representing Next Century Cities, a bipartisan organization, today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that defended local decision-making around 5G infrastructure investments, small cell deployment, and the use of public rights-of-way. The mayoral letter to the...Learn More

T-Mobile and NBC’s KXAS-TV Accelerate 600 MHz Repack

March 14, 2018 – BELLEVUE, Wash. & DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) and NBC-owned station NBC 5 / KXAS-TV today announced an agreement to accelerate the repacking of the station’s 600 MHz spectrum in North Texas and surrounding areas. NBC 5 / KXAS-TV, which serves the Dallas/Fort-Worth area,...Learn More

Accenture Report Touts $1.56 Billion Savings From FCC Proposal for Streamlining 5G Small Cell Regulations

According to a new report from Accenture, an FCC proposed wireless infrastructure order, which includes emphasis on 5G small cell deployments, will save Americans $1.56 billion. The report says that the order will lead to more broadband for more Americans — including through an expedited...Learn More

Game Spending: Mobile Far Outpaces Console, PC, Handheld Combined

Direct spending on mobile games exceeded the combined spending total on home console, PC/Mac, and handheld console games by more than one third in 2017, up from a single-digit margin by the same measure in 2016, according to a new report from App Annie and...Learn More

Citizens Fiber Upgrades User Experience with MobiTV Connect™, Offering App-Based Cable Option for Pay TV Subscribers

March 13, 2018 — MAMMOTH, Pa. & EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Citizens Fiber, an Internet, cable TV, and telephone provider, and MobiTV, an industry innovator in IP-based video delivery solutions, announced today that Citizens Fiber has adopted the MobiTV Connect™ Platform to deliver app-based Pay TV services. This...Learn More

Comcast Business VoiceEdge Adds Award-Winning One-Click Audio Conferencing App

Mar 12, 2018 — PHILADELPHIA, PA — Comcast Business today introduced Comcast Business VoiceEdge™ Conferencing, an award-winning enhancement to its cloud-based phone service, Comcast Business VoiceEdge, which simplifies the way conference calls are initiated, joined and managed. The new Audio Conferencing application allows end-users to initiate an audio...Learn More

IDC: Mobility Spending to Top $1.6 Trillion in 2018

Worldwide spending on mobility solutions will top $1.6 trillion this year, a 3.2% increase over 2017, according to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) new Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide. The solid growth is expected to continue through 2021, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of...Learn More

FirstNet Provides Progress Report

FirstNet, the first responder network being built in a public/private partnership between AT&T and the FirstResponder Authority, is approaching its first birthday with network construction underway. A FirstNet progress report came in the form of a blog post and press release. All 50 states, the...Learn More

Verizon EVP: Competitive 5G Claims Could Be “Fake News”

Competitive 5G claims about nationwide networks “could be fake news,” said Ronan Dunne, Verizon executive vice president and group president of Verizon Wireless at an investor conference today. “We’re not building a PR network,” said Dunne. “We’re building a network worthy of Verizon.” Competitive 5G...Learn More

CFO: Extensive Fiber Assets, FirstNet Give AT&T an Advantage on 5G Backhaul

AT&T’s legacy as a local exchange carrier (LEC), combined with its nationwide fiber network, will give it an advantage in backhaul connectivity for 5G wireless by minimizing 5G backhaul costs, said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Stephens at an investor...Learn More

AT&T DIRECTV NOW Roadmap: More Flavors to Come, Will Follow Mobile Product Strategy

As consumer preferences shift away from traditional pay-TV linear video offerings and toward over-the-top offerings, AT&T intends to “make sure we gain more than our fair share” of OTT video, said John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, today. Donovan outlined an AT&T DIRECTV NOW roadmap,...Learn More

FCC Poised to Revamp Small Cell Regulation

At its March 22 Open Meeting, the FCC will vote on a plan streamline small cell regulation. The changes would pertain to the federal historic and environmental review procedure that impacts wireless infrastructure deployments. The announcement was made by Commission Brendan Carr in a Feb....Learn More

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