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South Dakota picks up monumental $705.5 million in FCC’s $5 Billion rural broadband funding

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Taking further steps to close the digital divide, the FCC has authorized over $4.9 billion in support over the next decade for maintaining, improving, and expanding affordable rural broadband for 455,334 homes and businesses served by 171 carriers in 39 states and American Samoa, including 44,243 locations on Tribal lands. South Dakota was the largest beneficiary at $ $705.5 million. …

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FCC is clueless on how many people don’t have broadband leads Fast-Forward Friday

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FCC LIKELY COUNTS MILLIONS OF UNSERVED HOMES AS HAVING BROADBAND A new broadband mapping system is starting to show just how inaccurate the Federal Communications Commission’s connectivity data is. Research indicates that it’s likely that millions of homes nationwide have been wrongly counted as being served by broadband. Ars TECHNICA has the full details. Article Media Partnerships with cities lead …

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Mobilitie looks to foreign investment fund to fuel 5G wireless deployment – gets $1 Billion

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Mobilitie has announced a $1B exclusive arrangement with an unnamed foreign investment fund to fuel the next five years of growth around 5G infrastructure. The partnership represents a tremendous opportunity for the company to speed both U.S. and international 5G growth and expansion and bring unprecedented connectivity to consumers. Christos Karmis, President and CEO of Mobilitie, stated, “We’re excited about the opportunity …

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FCC concludes  that 5G RF exposure is safe in America

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The FCC has restated its conviction that 5G does not pose a health risk in America and it will not change its existing RF exposure limits, emphasizing that such limits are already among the safest in the world. “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current …

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DOJ greenlights T-Mobile-Sprint merger, requiring them to give up 20,000 cell sites

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The Department of Justice today approved the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, allowing the $26 billion deal to move forward after years of exploration by the nation’s third and fourth-largest wireless companies. The merger required the approval of the DOJ which enforces antitrust law, and the FCC which directs the telecommunications industry. In May, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai broadcast his …

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NATE members privileged to participate in ‘Pledge to America’s Workers’ White House event

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A delegation of National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) leaders were invited to represent the Association in a workforce development-themed event today at the White House in Washington, D.C. The NATE members were invited to participate by President Donald Trump and Presidential Advisor Ivanka Trump. At the event, President Trump and Ivanka Trump both delivered remarks commemorating the One Year Anniversary …

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AT&T’s remaining US towers and those in Mexico are on the chopping block

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In its second quarter earnings conference call today, AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens confirmed that the carrier is looking to sell its remaining cell towers in the U.S as well as those in Mexico. In discussing asset sales, Stephens said, “I think that it’s public knowledge that we’re out there selling our collections of about 1,300 U.S. cell towers that …

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Leaked docs allege Huawei helped build North Korea’s wireless networks: WAPO

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Huawei Technologies Co., the Chinese tech firm blacklisted as a national security threat, secretly helped the North Korean government build and maintain the country’s commercial wireless network, according to internal documents obtained by The Washington Post. Huawei partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology Co Ltd, on a number of projects in North Korea over eight years, …

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DOJ expected to give their blessing on the Sprint/T-Mobile merger this week: report

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According to a Fox Business report this morning, the U.S. Department of Justice could announce a settlement to make way for the merger of Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. by mid-week, Sources told Fox that a settlement announcement between the DOJ and the carriers could come “Wednesday or Thursday, or possibly sooner.” The settlement would include plans for divestitures …

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C-Band auction plans seen as ‘fiendishly complex’: AT&T

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The FCC issued a notice Friday in search of new comments on what to do about the 5G-friendly C-band airwaves currently held by satellite operators. The agency is seeking suggestions on how to manage the co-existence of terrestrial stations with earth stations during any band transition where differing amounts of spectrum might be cleared during different time periods for nearby …

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The New York Times gets it right: ‘The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t’

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The New York Times is fast becoming the nation’s leading advocate for exposing 5G cancer myths and educating the public that cell towers and especially 5G frequencies are not dangerous as they’re frequently described in the media and social networks. In an extensive article written by Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist William J. Broad this week, he exposes how Bill P. …

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Momentum builds around wireless installations at military facilities leads Fast-Forward-Friday

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Article Media Momentum builds around wireless installations at military facilities WIA Palm Beach and AT&T at odds over spotty service Palm Beach Post Virginia Beach leaders have concerns about 5G antennas Government Technology Crown Castle crushed its second-quarter earnings guidance The Motley Fool Brookfield inks $3.7 billion deal to invest in Reliance’s tower assets VC Circle With Ripon tower gone …

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The Wall Street party for tower owners may be ending leads Fast-Forward Friday articles

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Article Media For tower owners, the Wall Street party may be ending Light Reading FCC set hearing for St. Louis AMs allegedly controlled by convicted felon  Inside Radio How Eco-Site plans to benefit from the rush to build 5G infrastructure The News & Observer FCC proposes new rules to govern communications at multiple tenant buildings The National Law Review “This …

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Education will be harmed after contentious vote that opened up 2.5 GHz band: FCC Democrats

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In a controversial 3-2 vote yesterday, the FCC agreed to free up the 2.5 GHz band of wireless spectrum for 5G services. Known as the Educational Broadband Service, the band had been used for educational purposes since the 1960s by educational institutions and nonprofits supporting education. The unused and underused mid-band spectrum will now go on the auction block. The only …

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Wireless providers increased spectrum efficiency by 42 times Since 2010, new paper shows

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U.S. wireless providers increased their spectrum efficiency 42 times since 2010, according to a new white paper released by CTIA, the wireless industry association. U.S. wireless networks handled 948M megabytes (MB) for every one megahertz (MHz) of spectrum in 2010 and now handle 39.9B MBs/MHz thanks to significant industry investment in networks and technology. Facing a hockey stick growth curve in mobile data …

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Crown sues after New York town says it will tear down 152 of the company’s nodes

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Crown Castle filed an action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the Town of Hempstead on June 28, 2019, after officials terminated a license agreement and demanded that Crown Castle remove all of its 152 facilities from the town’s rights-of-way (ROW). Crown is seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Hempstead’s …

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CTIA develops a new website to combat RF fear and fake news, but it can’t stop there

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Commentary — Recurring headlines purporting that 5G is untested and RF radiation from cell towers could cause cancer is the ammunition being used to close down or prevent the addition of cell sites on school campuses or on adjacent properties throughout the nation. To cool down the heated campaigns, towercos and carriers simply refer opponents to the FCC’s Wireless Devices and …

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Cell phones are probably not making us grow horns leads Fast-Forward Friday articles

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Article Media Cell phones are probably not making us grow horns Smithsonian Removing Chinese  telecommunications equipment from U.S. would cost more than $1 billion Broadban Breakfast Pai re-charters diversity advisory group, FCC seeking new members Inside Radio Researchers sent a fake, unblockable presidential alert to a 50,000-seat stadium Digital Trends Supreme Court leaves unanswered whether District Courts must defer to …