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Tuesday, June 27...

AT&T Brings Fixed Wireless Internet Services to Eight More States
AT&T announced that its Fixed Wireless Internet services are now available to customers in eight additional states. The carrier's first Fixed Wireless deployment took place in Georgia in April, marking the first time it had employed this technology to reach the difficult terrain of a rural market with its broadband network. The installations were made possible by AT&T's participation in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) Connect America Fund, a governmental initiative to bring broadband services to rural and underserved locations. The eight states included in this rollout are Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Louisiana. With the original Georgia installation, this marks a total of 70,000 citizens gaining access to high-speed Internet thanks to AT&T's launches. The telecom company said this is still only the first step in a larger rollout plan which will see it reach 400,000 subscribers by the end of the year, and 1.1 million by 2020.

WSJ: Sprint in Talks with Combined Comcast/Charter
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint has once again put its long-simmering merger talks with ~T-Mobile~ on hold in order to begin negotiating with the combined unit of Charter Communications and Comcast. Although the synergies between the pair and Sprint are fairly obvious, The Journals sources remain unclear on whether the duo plans to acquire the fourth-place carrier, or if they would simply form some type of partnership to bolster the cable companies' wireless efforts, such as Comcast's X-Fi Mobile service. The newspaper noted that the negotiations remain ongoing, and that they are expected to continue through the end of July.

T-Mobile Announces First LTE-U Markets Have Gone Live in Select Cities
T-Mobile announced that its LTE-U network has gone live in select cities for the first time. The new networking technology uses the publicly available 5GHz band to "bolster existing LTE capacity and give a speed boost to what is already America's fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network." The cities included in the initial launch are Bellevue, WA; Brooklyn, NY; Dearborn, MI; Las Vegas, NV; Richardson, TX; and Simi Valley, CA, with additional markets planned to launch some time later this year. The announcement about the LTE-U launch also included another milestone for the carrier; it held its first public test of License Assisted Access (LAA) technology, a wireless broadband protocol that allows it to reach speeds of 741Mbps download by using the 80MHz spectrum. However, this technology will still need some time before it is publicly available.

... Michael Gariffo, Faulkner Information Services

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