FCC tries to bury finding that Verizon and T-Mobile exaggerated 4G coverage

Enlarge / Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during an interview in New York, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Verizon, T-Mobile, and US Cellular exaggerated their 4G coverage in official filings to the Federal Communications Commission, an FCC investigation found. But FCC officials confirmed that Chairman Ajit Pai does not plan to punish the
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Enlarge / Artist’s impression of millimeter-wave 5G speeds. (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) The long-touted fifth generation of wireless communications is not magic. We’re sorry if unending hype over the world-changing possibilities of 5G has led you to expect otherwise. But the next generation in mobile broadband will still have to obey the current generation
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Enlarge / T-Mobile’s 5G coverage map. T-Mobile T-Mobile today announced that it has launched “America’s first nationwide 5G network,” but T-Mobile’s definition of “nationwide” doesn’t include about 40% of the US population. “America gets its first nationwide 5G network today, covering more than 200 million people and more than 1 million square miles,” T-Mobile’s announcement
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Enlarge / T-Mobile CEO John Legere during an interview on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, April 30, 2018. Getty Images | Bloomberg T-Mobile CEO John Legere will leave the company’s top job after his contract runs out on April 30, 2020, T-Mobile announced today. Mike Sievert, T-Mobile’s president and chief
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Aurich Lawson / Getty Did you get a Valentine’s Day text message on November 7? If so, you can blame a company called Syniverse, which provides text-messaging services to major mobile carriers. Syniverse helps deliver text messages via its intercarrier messaging service and boasts that it is “Connected to more than 300 operators” and processes 600
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Enlarge / Federal Communication Commission Republican members (L-R) Brendan Carr, Michael O’Rielly, and Chairman Ajit Pai participate in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to approve T-Mobile’s acquisition of Sprint, an FCC spokesperson confirmed to Ars today. Republican
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Aurich Lawson / Getty When the Department of Justice approved T-Mobile’s purchase of Sprint, the DOJ’s antitrust officials insisted that an unusual remedy could replace the competition lost in the merger. Sprint will no longer exist as a separate entity if the DOJ’s plan is finalized, reducing the number of major nationwide mobile carriers from
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Getty Images | Tero Vesalainen AT&T and T-Mobile announced a joint anti-robocall initiative today, but they didn’t promise any new call-blocking capabilities for their customers. The carriers made a big deal of the partnership, saying in an announcement that they “put differences aside to fight unwanted robocalls for customers.” Specifically, the companies said they are
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Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. 5G won’t be much different from 4G outside dense urban areas, a Verizon executive said yesterday. The massive hype around 5G has focused on speed improvements expected on millimeter-wave spectrum, which wasn’t previously used on mobile broadband networks. But
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After more than a year of wrangling with regulators, Sprint and T-Mobile finally won the Justice Department’s permission on Thursday for a $26.5 billion merger. The deal combines two smaller wireless networks to compete better with market leaders AT&T and Verizon. Still, the transaction won’t formally close until at least one more regulatory hurdle is
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