Oregon-based Smart Mobile Techs has approximately 40 mobile technicians who provide on-demand repairs to smartphone owners throughout the Pacific Northwest. Owner George Kalomiris started the business when customers began visiting his wireless retail franchise to ask where they could get their cracked screens fixed.
Competitive Carriers Association was among the wireless groups that showed support for a bipartisan measure introduced in both houses of Congress aimed at freeing up more wireless spectrum held by federal agencies. The Spectrum Now Act would provide more funds to agencies to either share their frequencies or study how to deploy them more efficiently.
An Apache tribe has joined with a telecom group and several localities to urge federal regulators to reverse a ruling that exempts small cells placed on nontribal lands from historical or environmental reviews. In its petition, the Oklahoma tribe argues that the decision "will inflict serious injury" on the group.
Sprint has made a play to sign up more subscribers with the introduction of a $15 monthly unlimited, per-line offer, which is open to new subscribers who activate online. The promotion does not require a service contract.
Monster Buyback & Repair has relaunched its Chambersburg, Pa., store. The store not only offers smartphone and other device repairs, but also buys trade-ins and sells prepaid wireless plans and refurbished devices.
The growing used smartphone market has reduced sales of new smartphones, and IDC predicts that the used market will reach $52.7 billion over the next five years. China's smartphone advancements and a greater availability of high-end features in low-end phones are among factors slowing the market for new smartphones, Mike Elgan writes in this opinion piece.
A group opposed to Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed purchase of Tribune's TV stations has issued a plea for donations to fund a blitz of opposition comments to the Federal Communications Commission. In an email, Demand Progress said it was responding to the Federal Communications Commission's call for comments on the matter by July 12.
Hackers can illegally mine consumer data and sell the information on the dark web, but blockchain could give consumers more security. Companies can protect their customers by using the decentralized ledger blockchain provides, writes Derek Beres.
Competitive Carriers Association is among the supporters of legislation that would use the Federal Communications Commission's E-Rate funds to place Wi-Fi on school buses. The bill, proposed by two US senators, is largely aimed at helping tribal areas that lack internet service.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has acceded to demands by a bipartisan group of senators to prolong the window for challenging the national broadband map, which federal regulators use to determine who receives subsidies from the Mobility Fund II over the next 10 years. Competitive Carriers Association CEO Steven Berry has said regulators "must get it right."
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