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NYC scowls at LTE-U in open letter

The City of New York became the latest entity to weigh in on the subject of LTE-U, as an open letter from the mayor’s office to policymakers at the 3GPP standards body pushes for thorough protection for existing Wi-Fi.

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Project Fi revisited: 6 months with Google's weird wireless service

Half a year with Google's multinetwork service teaches you a lot about what you want from a wireless carrier.

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FCC magic will turn TV channels into mobile signals

An Federal Communications Commission auction that began late Tuesday should end with some TV channels reassigned to cellular, helping mobile networks cover more ground and cut through walls better than they do now.

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ISPs are breaking net neutrality rules, advocacy groups say

Internet service providers are picking "winners and losers" in violation of U.S. net neutrality rules by selectively exempting Web traffic from their monthly data caps, according to a coalition of more than 50 advocacy groups.

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AT&T uses low-power antennas to prevent cellular interference with telescope

AT&T engineered an unusual low-power antenna system inside a radio quiet zone at a snow resort in rural West Virginia, giving thousands of daily smartphone users network access for the first time.

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Google pushes ahead with RCS messaging app to run on Android phones

Messaging services on Android devices get dinged by some users for being complex and too fragmented, at least when compared to the universal app approach with Apple iMessage on iOS devices.

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NYC and Los Angeles still lag in mobile network performance

The nation's most populous metro areas -- New York and Los Angeles -- again finished below average in the latest RootMetrics test of mobile network performance.

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The votes are in: Which mobile data provider is best?

Computerworld readers rate AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon on network speed, value, tech support and more. Find out which carrier gets the most cheers -- and which the most jeers -- from our 2015 survey respondents.

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5G gets to shine (four years ahead of schedule)

True 5G mobile networks and devices won't be here until 2020. That may seem like a long time to you or me, but for the carriers and network equipment makers at Mobile World Congress, it's time to get cracking.

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Facebook aims to extend Open Compute model to telecom gear

Facebook is extending its collaborative model for developing low-cost compute and networking hardware to telecommunications gear as well, focusing on three areas -- access, backhaul, and core and management.

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The hottest item at Mobile World Congress won't be for sale

In Barcelona, you really can buy happiness. (It's called Iberico, a delicious Spanish ham.) But you can't buy unlicensed spectrum, and yet it's going to be the hottest thing at Mobile World Congress next week.

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T-Mobile is taking an ax to wireless rivals -- and I know why

Twice in the past year, columnist Alex Burinskiy found himself switching wireless carriers. Here's how (and why) he wound up with T-Mobile.

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The surprising truth about Facebook's Internet.org

You might think Internet.org is a nonprofit organization launched by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and dedicated to bringing Internet access to people who can't access it, or can't afford it. But that's not the case.

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5G visions in Barcelona: Cars, robots and VR games

Practically every mobile vendor and service provider at Mobile World Congress will have demonstrations -- or at least visions -- of what they think the future 5G mobile standard will be able to do.

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Partnerships and mergers, brought to you by 5G

Although the "hype" around 5G has already started, we are at least 4-5 years away from any mainstream, substantial deployments that will provide users with a critical mass of access points. But that hasn't stopped many of the major...

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Verizon to let SMBs buy smartphones on the installment plan

Verizon will let small business customers take advantage of monthly payment plans for new smartphones and other devices, avoiding a big cash outlay upfront.

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Seeking new revenue, AT&T and Verizon eye the Internet of Things

AT&T and Verizon, the nation's two biggest carriers, are seeing their traditional U.S. wireless businesses shrink, having suffered from an ongoing price war and declining buyer interest in new smartphones.

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Sprint may lease cell towers on public lands to lower costs

Sprint today said it is looking at new ways to add cell towers while still saving money, one of the actions officials discussed today in an earnings call.

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