Wireless Internet

What is the digital divide?

Angela Siefer, executive director of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, and Amina Fazlullah, director of equity policy at Common Sense Media, describe what you need to know about the digital divide, its impact throughout the pandemic, and where we might go from here. 

Cellphone inventor Martin Cooper says 5G should be focused on providing more access

While cellphones, and now modern smartphones, have brought new ways to access information to more people than ever, there are still many left behind. Martin Cooper, who led the team at Motorola and is credited as the father of the cellphone, estimates that 40% of the students in this country don't have access to broadband wireless. "Just imagine what that means over the long term," he said.

DISH to acquire Republic Wireless

DISH Network announced its plans to acquire Republic Wireless, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service operating on the T-Mobile network. Upon close, DISH will assume approximately 200,000 customer relationships, the Republic Wireless brand, and other supporting assets. Once acquired by DISH, Republic customers will not see any immediate changes to their experience or plans, and there is no need for customers to take action.

T-Mobile unveils T-Mobile WFX: home office internet is a separate cellular-based Wi-Fi network for enterprise customers

T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert announced T-Mobile WFX (work from anywhere), three solutions designed to help businesses and their employees meet the remarkable changes they face in tomorrow’s radically-transformed, post-pandemic, work-from-anywhere world.

Concerns grow over Verizon’s acquisition of TracFone

TracFone is the largest wireless reseller in the U.S., with about 21 million subscribers and prepaid brands including Straight Talk and Simple Mobile.

Dish tries to disrupt SpaceX’s Starlink plans as companies fight at FCC

SpaceX and Dish Network are fighting at the Federal Communications Commission over Dish's attempt to block a key designation that SpaceX's Starlink division needs in order to get FCC broadband funding. Dish's "baseless attempt" to block funding "would serve only to delay what matters most—connecting unserved Americans," said SpaceX in a filing.

What AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are buying up: The 5G battle between US carriers just got very interesting

While you probably never thought you needed to understand the intricacies of how cellular networks operated by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon work, some big news that affects those operations will have real-world impacts on the services that they offer and that we rely on. In every country around the world except the US, 5G networks have been built around mid-band spectrum because it offers the right combination of coverage area and width of data lanes over which our TV shows can be streamed, Instagram posts uploaded, worldwide web browsed, etc.

FCC Grants Additional Rural Tribal Spectrum Licenses

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted an additional 21 spectrum licenses in the 2.5 GHz band to help connect rural Tribal communities across the country. To date, the agency has granted 205 licenses in the 2.5 GHz band to help address rural Tribal connectivity needs. These licenses provide for exclusive use of up to 117.5 megahertz of 2.5 GHz band spectrum that Tribes can use to connect their rural communities to wireless broadband and other advanced services.

FCC March 2021 Open Meeting Agenda

A flurry of orders, rulemakings, inquiries, and adjudications aimed at advancing the United States’ economic recovery and preparing for a post-COVID world.:

Chairwoman Rosenworcel Proposes Framework to Free Up Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G

Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel shared with her colleagues a draft Order that would make much-needed mid-band spectrum available for 5G. If adopted at the FCC’s March 17 Open Meeting, 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum in the 3.45-3.55 GHz band would be made available for auction and 5G deployment across the contiguous United States.