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Lawmakers urge the FCC to seek public input on T-Mobile / Sprint merger

Sponsored Links Erin Scott / Reuters T-Mobile and Sprint found a powerful ally in FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who officially endorsed the merger after the DOJ’s conditional approval in August. In fact, Pai asked the FCC’s commissioners to vote in favor of the deal, and the two Republican members (out of four) already expressed their …

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Verizon sues city to avoid paying 5G fees, says the FCC has its back

Enlarge / A monitor seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Getty Images | Bloomberg Verizon has sued the City of Rochester, New York, in order to avoid paying fees for deploying 5G equipment and fiber lines. Verizon’s lawsuit, filed in US District Court for the Western …

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The Morning After: Tumblr has a new owner

Sponsored Links Hey, good morning! Welcome to Tuesday! Sony’s newest product is a giant touchscreen for your car, Microsoft wants more people to subscribe to its Office products and Engadget’s corporate sibling, Tumblr, is being sold to the owners of WordPress. No, porn isn’t coming back to the service. Envious of the big display in …

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Verizon wants you to pay $650 plus $85 a month for a 5G hotspot

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. Verizon Verizon’s 5G mobile service is available in just a handful of cities, but the carrier is charging premium prices to the few people who live in range of the network. Verizon yesterday announced its first 5G hotspot, namely …

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Verizon’s fiber network connects NBA arenas for 1080p broadcasts

Sponsored Links Steve Russell via Getty Images Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) plans to connect all NBA arenas to a high-speed fiber network for better HD broadcast support. When the network is up and running in the second half of 2020, the league will be able to broadcast games from every team in 1080p resolution, and …

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For 5G, AT&T and T-Mobile buy $1.8 billion worth of 24GHz spectrum across US

Enlarge Getty Images | SOPA Images AT&T and T-Mobile committed to spend nearly $1.8 billion, combined, on high-frequency spectrum for their 5G networks in a Federal Communications Commission auction that sold airwave licenses covering the whole US. Verizon committed to spend $506 million in a separate 5G auction. AT&T’s winning bids in the 24GHz auction …

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Verizon avoided a decade’s worth of taxes—a new law could make it pay up

Enlarge / A Verizon logo at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2019 on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. Getty Images | David Ramos Verizon has avoided paying local taxes on telecom equipment in many New Jersey municipalities over the past decade, but a proposed state law would force the company to pay back taxes for …

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Pornhub wants to buy Tumblr and restore site to former porn-filled glory

Enlarge / A monitor seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Getty Images | Bloomberg Less than two years after buying Tumblr as part of its Yahoo acquisition, Verizon is reportedly trying to sell the blogging platform. Pornhub has also announced that it wants to buy Tumblr …

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Warrantless searches of Americans’ data spiked 28 percent in 2018

Sponsored Links ASSOCIATED PRESS An annual transparency report published by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence shows warrantless searches of Americans’ data jumped 28 percent in 2018. According to the report, the National Security Agency (NSA) conducted 9,637 warrantless search queries of Americans’ calls, texts, and emails in 2018. That’s up from 7,512 …

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AT&T says it’s the first US network to reach 2Gbps speeds on 5G

Sponsored Links Christopher Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images The chest-thumping over 5G continues. AT&T has reported that it achieved the first 2Gbps speeds on a 5G network in the US. It achieved the feat using a Netgear mobile router on the carrier’s public-facing network in the Atlanta area. The performance comes less than a month after …

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