FCC set to fine big telecom companies for selling location data. Is $200 million enough?

Feb 28, 2020
Two hundred million dollars sounds like a lot of cash, but it's just a drop in the bucket for many multinationals companies.
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5G could change the world. 5G is also marketing hype.

Dec 5, 2019
This week, T-Mobile rolled out its “5G” service nationwide. But instead of a revolutionary change in data speeds, it’ll boost downloads by an average of 20%.
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Rural broadband is a problem, and Georgia is mapping it

Oct 23, 2019
In its quest to improve internet access, the state is taking matters into its own hands.
People without internet access at home visit the Lumpkin County Library 24 hours a day to use its fiber-optic broadband connection. At night, they pull up in the parking lot to connect to Wi-Fi.
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Tracking the “King of Robocalls”

Apr 2, 2019
A Wired reporter tells about the man responsible for nearly 100 million automated calls.
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5G wireless without China

Jan 7, 2019
Washington regulators are debating a ban on Chinese telecom hardwire, but rural America may pay the price.
The FCC is considering a ban on Chinese telecom hardware like that made by telecom giant ZTE.
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Rally organizers carry away props following a protest outside the Federal Communication Commission building against the end of net neutrality rules Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington, D.C. 
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Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona.
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Nov 5, 2018
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The local, national and global fight over 5G infrastructure

Oct 11, 2018
Turns out, building a new wireless network doesn't happen without a tussle.
An attendee photographs a 5G logo display during a Qualcomm press event for CES 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 8, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Who's going to pay for 5G?

Sep 26, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission is seeking to limit the municipal fees that wireless companies must pay to install their new 5G antennas.
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