Verizon Pleads Spectrum Case to Senate Subcommittee
Verizon Wireless, Comcast, the Free Press, the Rural Carrier Association, and several other "non-interested parties" testified before a senate judiciary subcommittee meeting today about Verizon's planned purchase of AWS spectrum from a number of cable companies. The members were questioned by senators about the benefits and detriments the spectrum acquisition might pose to consumers. Verizon Wireless and Comcast both argued that the deal will put to use spectrum that is currently being left fallow and undeveloped. The Free Press, RCA, and other non-interested parties argued that the deal will further consolidate spectrum ownership and create a stronger duopoly in the U.S. wireless market between AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The deal will give Verizon Wireless 122 AWS licenses that it plans to use to enhance its LTE network. The RCA and Free Press would rather see those licenses distributed to other competitive organizations. The deal needs to meet FCC approval before it can be completed.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Google Refocuses Daydream View Headset
Alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google today introduced a new version of its Daydream View VR headset. Both new Pixel phones are Daydream-ready and function perfectly with the revised viewing hardware.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.