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Broadband expert says USDA shutdown is hurting rural internet expansion

Through its Rural Utilities Service program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides rural development grants to municipalities and local governments applying to expand or construct broadband infrastructure, and the agency invested $228 million last year across 22 states. But ...

Germany weighs banning Huawei from 5G amid heightened scrutiny

Germany is exploring ways to ban the use of Huawei Technologies Co. products in the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, according to a government official, extending the Western backlash against the Chinese tech firm over security concerns. The official stated that ...

FCC’s 5G order withstands initial legal challenge

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denied a motion to stay the FCC decision, but Brian Namey of the National Association of Counties, said "the challenge will continue." Namey noted "we share the FCC’s goal of expanding broadband access for every American; howev...

Legislature looks to bring broadband to rural ‘black holes’

Areas like Keller, WA, which are known as "black holes" in the internet world, are the targets of a broadband proposal announced Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee during a press conference in Olympia. If the Legislature signs on, it could mean a new state broadband office within the Wa...

Need for data has region preparing for upgrade

Pennsylvania is preparing for the rollout of 5G cellular data service, where Crown Castle East Area director Karmen Rajamani said "people are using their devices in a different way now. When you first started, it was to make phone calls — not a lot of data demand there. But,...

Sprint preps Atlanta for 5G with massive MIMO deployment

Sprint’s "bridge to 5G"—a technology known as Massive MIMO—is going to be out in full force during the Super Bowl in Atlanta next month. "It’s full of all kinds of goodness," said Heather Campbell, network director for the southeast region at Sprint. "It&rs...

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