Mobile, media giants submit record bids as 5G spectrum auction tops $78 billion

Jan 8, 2021
Mid-band frequencies are often described as the Goldilocks range of the spectrum, where 5G signals fly fast and far.
Most media and wireless behemoths — including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Dish Network and Comcast — are betting on 5G to deliver next-generation phones, apps, entertainment and driverless vehicles.
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Mobile, media industries see optimistic signs for 5G wireless future

Jan 7, 2021
The airwaves on the auction block include frequencies in what's called the mid-band range, allowing 5G signals to travel fast and far.
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Verizon is buying prepaid carrier TracFone, lured by resale market

Sep 14, 2020
Verizon will pay up to $7 billion in cash and stock, angling for a piece of the pre-paid phone plan market, which keeps growing in the pandemic.
Verizon is angling for a piece of the pre-paid phone plan market, which continues to grow during the pandemic.
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Speed and range are key variables in the 5G race

Jan 13, 2020
There's a trade off between how fast people can download things … and whether coverage can reach people in remote areas.
A crew for Verizon works on a cell tower to update it to handle the new 5G network in Orem, Utah on December 10, 2019.
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Verizon says it's done with bundles and contracts

Jan 9, 2020
With so many options available, the margins for cable providers just aren’t there anymore.
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5G is here! Well, it's almost here

Jan 14, 2019
Well... OK, it'll be here any day now.
Visitors walk past a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
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Verizon's bet on Oath falters

Dec 11, 2018
Verizon created Oath out of its investments in “legacy” digital media companies AOL and Yahoo. The goal was to compete with internet giants Facebook and Google. It seems that the world’s biggest wireless network just wasn’t able to make that work. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

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Verizon reorganizes with an eye on faster service

Nov 6, 2018
Verizon has announced some major internal shuffling: It will create three new operating groups, one each for consumers, business customers and media offerings. The restructure reflects a race between internet providers to offer faster speeds.

When data is throttled, it could mean life or death

Aug 22, 2018
Firefighters noticed their communications were slow when the Mendocino Complex fire broke out. Was the difficulty in connecting due to the repeal of net neutrality rules, or just a matter of the wrong data plan? Verizon responded by suggesting an upgrade, and later apologized. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

You have more choices for wireless than you might think

Jun 20, 2018
Here's how mobile virtual network operators work.
T-Mobile owns the mobile virtual network operator MetroPCS.
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