The nation's largest wireless carriers dominated the Federal Communications Commission's latest 5G spectrum auction, pushing revenue to a record-shattering price tag of more than $81 billion. The FCC released the names and winning bids of the top five bidders for the auction on Wednesday. Verizon, which bid under the name Cellco Partnership, spent the most on the auction bidding a whopping $45 billion for 3,511 spectrum licenses. AT&T came in second bidding $23 billion for 1,621 licenses. T-Mobile had the third highest bid of $9 billion for 142 licenses. Cut through the chatter Subscribe to CNET's Mobile newsletter for the latest phone news and reviews. The so-called C-band spectrum, which includes 500 MHz of spectrum between 3.7 and 4.2 GHz, has been used by satellite providers to deliver video programming to cable providers. The FCC began auctioning off 280 MHz of the block of spectrum in December and ended Jan. 15. About 200 MHz of the spectrum in this band has … [Read more...] about Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile dominate $81 billion 5G spectrum auction
When Apple or Samsung unveils a new smartphone, consumers can preorder the device within days and expect to get it in their hands within weeks. When Motorola introduced the first-ever cellphone, the DynaTAC, in 1973, it took another decade before consumers could actually use one. Talk about delayed gratification. Ironically, it took the team at Motorola just three months to conceive and build the first DynaTAC, a minor miracle considering it takes 12 to 18 months today to do the same thing with a flagship smartphone. The company only made two prototypes, the culmination of thousands of parts welded together in a boot-shaped phone with a massive antenna. "It's far more complicated than a modern phone, believe it or not," Martin Cooper, who led the team at Motorola and is credited as the father of the cellphone, said in an interview for the Daily Charge podcast last week. Cooper shared stories about the whirlwind race to develop that first phone, which was less a … [Read more...] about Cellphone inventor says 5G should be focused on providing more access
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more . Now Streaming Alex Smith 8 Mar 2021 0 Source: Paramount Unlike its predecessor CBS All Access, Paramount Plus does not let you sign in for free using your cable subscription. You'll need to pay for a membership if you want to unlock access to all of its content, though you can still stream CBS live without being a Paramount Plus member by visiting CBS.com or using the CBS app. Sign up for Paramount Plus now Paramount Plus isn't another new streaming service — it's actually a rebranded one previously known as CBS All Access. Originally home of Star Trek: Discovery and the Big Brother live feeds, the service quickly ballooned into one that allows you to stream content from networks like Nickelodeon, BET, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, and even The Smithsonian Channel. Though the name was in dire need of a change, Paramount Plus at launch is rather similar to CBS All … [Read more...] about Is Paramount Plus included for free with a cable subscription?
This week, the head of the Federal Communications Commission and a Republican US senator each called net neutrality a "slogan" that solves no real problems, with the senator also arguing that the Internet should have paid fast lanes. "It’s a great slogan," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, when asked by a radio host what net neutrality is. "But in reality what it involves is Internet regulation, and the basic question is, 'Do you want the government deciding how the Internet is run?'" Further Reading Net neutrality hurts health care and helps porn, Republican senator claims Pai, who is touring midwestern states to meet with rural ISPs about broadband deployment, appeared with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee on Monday. You can listen to the interview here (hat tip to Stop the Cap ). "As chairman Pai said, net neutrality is a slogan," Johnson said. "What you really want is an expansion of high-speed broadband, and in order to do that you have to … [Read more...] about The Internet needs paid fast lanes, anti-net neutrality senator says