A pair of senators introduced a bipartisan measure last week aimed at speeding installation of small cell sites, in part by mandating that jurisdictions make decisions on applications within 60 to 90 days. Competitive Carriers Association President Steven Berry said the measure would put "reasonable processes and timelines in place for small cell applications."
T-Mobile has joined Sprint as the only carriers to support a new standard, the RCS Universal profile, that is designed to make text messaging resemble chatting apps. Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the only phones that support RCS, but more Android devices are expected to follow suit this year.
A number of recent cryptocurrency market security breaches shows the need for applicable regulations regarding blockchain technology, similar to what Gibraltar put in place at the start of this year, notes this commentary. The UK and other jurisdictions should take note that since Gibraltar's laws went into force, "there have been no reported attacks against those DLT providers operating under Gibraltar's jurisdiction," the authors write.
The heads of Sprint and T-Mobile defended their proposed merger before a Senate committee Wednesday, vowing not to raise rates and saying it would spur greater investment in 5G networks and create jobs. The merger is also coming under the eye of the New York attorney general and attorneys general from other states, who are investigating how it would affect the market for prepaid wireless services.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be revealed Aug. 9, with new features that include a central rear fingerprint scanner. Other highly anticipated smartphones on the horizon include Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones.
Hog-i-Cellular has opened in Livingston, Tenn. The store, which offers cellphone repairs and sells phone cases and accessories, is owned by seven-year industry veteran Brandon Thomas.
The Small Business Administration guarantees loans through its 7(a) lending program, allowing businesses to access funding from traditional lenders. Annie Pilon explains the program, including what the money can be used for, how much businesses can borrow and which companies are eligible.
Cyberattacks on municipal governments in the US appear to be increasing, with the Ponemon Institute estimating that 38% of the government entities it samples will get hit this year, up from 31% last year and 13% in 2016. The attacks leave governments with the tough choice of whether to pay the ransom demanded by the hackers or try to restore the data on their own.