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Verizon “nationwide” 5G ready for iPhone 12—don’t expect a big speed boost

Verizon “nationwide” 5G ready for iPhone 12—don’t expect a big speed...

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Enlarge / Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg at Apple's iPhone 12 event. Verizon today announced "nationwide" 5G coverage along with support for the new 5G-enabled iPhones. But for most consumers, Verizon's 5G upgrade won't make much of a difference. The newly enabled 5G runs on the same spectrum bands used by Verizon for 4G, so it…
T-Mobile amassed “unprecedented concentration of spectrum,” AT&T complains

T-Mobile amassed “unprecedented concentration of spectrum,” AT&T complains

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Enlarge / A pigeon rests on a T-Mobile logo outside a mobile phone store, operated by Deutsche Telekom AG, in Munich, Germany, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. AT&T and Verizon are worried about T-Mobile's vast spectrum holdings and have asked the Federal Communications Commission to impose limits on the carrier's ability to obtain more spectrum…
SpaceX seeks FCC broadband funds, must prove it can deliver sub-100ms latency

SpaceX seeks FCC broadband funds, must prove it can deliver sub-100ms...

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Enlarge / A SpaceX Starlink user terminal/satellite dish. SpaceX, Charter, Verizon, CenturyLink, Frontier, Cox, and about 500 other companies are seeking government funding to provide broadband in rural areas. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday released a list of applicants for the first phase of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which is set to pay…
Making Internet service a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?

Making Internet service a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?

The cable industry takes a subtle approach to anti-Title II advertising. It's 2020, and a coronavirus pandemic has underscored how crucial broadband service is to the lives of Americans for work, entertainment, and school. Internet service is a necessity, and yet it isn't regulated as a utility the way services like water and electricity are.…
Verizon canceling FiOS installs and telling customers to wait a few months

Verizon canceling FiOS installs and telling customers to wait a few...

Verizon is canceling many home-Internet installations and repairs during the pandemic, and some customers are being given appointment dates in November when they try to schedule an installation. The November appointment dates appear to be placeholders that will eventually be replaced by earlier dates. But Verizon is sending mixed messages to customers about when appointments…
Yahoo Mobile: The Verizon phone plan that no one asked for

Yahoo Mobile: The Verizon phone plan that no one asked for

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Enlarge / Verizon's pitch for Yahoo Mobile. Remember Yahoo? It's back... in phone-plan form. The Verizon-owned company is trying to get customers excited with a new "Yahoo Mobile" service that combines Verizon's 4G LTE network with Yahoo mail, for some reason. Why even put the word "Yahoo" on a re-branded Verizon data plan? Because the…
FCC issues wrist-slap fines to carriers that sold your phone-location data

FCC issues wrist-slap fines to carriers that sold your phone-location data

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Getty Images | Nakhorn Yuangkratoke/EyeEm The big four mobile carriers face fines of between $12 million and $91 million each for selling their customers' real-time location data to third-party data brokers without customer consent, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's office announced today. These are "proposed" fines, meaning the carriers can dispute them and try…
Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans punishment

Ajit Pai: Carrier sales of phone-location data is illegal, FCC plans...

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Getty Images | Nakhorn Yuangkratoke/EyeEm Mobile network operators who sold their customers' real-time location data violated US law and the Federal Communications Commission will try to punish carriers that did so, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote today. "[T]he FCC's Enforcement Bureau has completed its extensive investigation and... it has concluded that one or more wireless…
FCC tries to bury finding that Verizon and T-Mobile exaggerated 4G coverage

FCC tries to bury finding that Verizon and T-Mobile exaggerated 4G...

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Enlarge / Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during an interview in New York, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular exaggerated their 4G coverage in official filings to the Federal Communications Commission, an FCC investigation found. But FCC officials confirmed that Chairman Ajit Pai does not plan to punish the…
Verizon’s brand-new 5G protection maps reveal simply how sporadic the network is

Verizon’s brand-new 5G protection maps reveal simply how sporadic the network...

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Enlarge / Verizon 5G in Boston's Fenway/Kenmore area. Verizon has continually touted its rollout of 5G as it reaches more cities with the latest cellular technology, but new coverage maps confirm what consumers have experienced: Verizon's 5G network is only sparsely deployed even in major cities. You can check out Verizon's new coverage maps that…

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