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Jan. 31, 2022 — SpaceX’s broadband satellite subsidiary Starlink announced Sunday that it will launch 49 new satellites into low Earth orbit on Monday.

The launch, which was initially delayed, will add to its more than 1,700 low-flying satellites currently in orbit, which the company intends to improve connectivity in rural and remote communities in the United States and around the world. of the.

The launch comes as Starlink’s connectivity promises come under scrutiny amid concerns over the company’s ability to provide long-term, high-quality service in line with the recently passed Investment and Energy Law. infrastructure jobs.

Public telecommunications policy makers also have plans for the same 12 Gigahertz band of spectrum that SpaceX wants to use to expand its services. They argue that the 12 GHz band, traditionally used by satellite companies, should be shared with 5G operators to provide internet to low-income communities.

SpaceX has also come under fire from China, which urged the United States to “act responsibly” last month after near-misses between SpaceX satellites and Chinese satellites.

C-band spectrum can boost 5G speeds and coverage

Mid-band spectrum could boost 5G speeds and coverage, according to a new report released on Monday.

Speed-testing firm Ookla said the C-band rollout has boosted U.S. mobile 5G download speeds by 13% since its launch on Jan. 19.

Their research showed an increase in combined carrier download speeds after deploying C-band, with Verizon Wireless seeing the best performance since deployment. Verizon won the most licenses in the February 2021 C-band auction.

“If Verizon continues to capitalize on its C-band deployment and add additional deployments, we could well see a shake-up in the US market rankings,” Ookla said in its press release.

Earlier this month, Verizon and AT&T were forced to delay rolling out C-band spectrum around airports due to interference concerns raised by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Every month, Ookla collects data from Speedtest users to report the internet speed at their location, and the data from these tests is used to generate their quarterly reports.

Although T-mobile didn’t roll out its C-band technology in the same week as Verizon or AT&T, the company’s internet speeds have steadily increased. Ookla reported earlier this month that T-Mobile’s 5G speeds increased in Q4 2021 from 135.27 Mbps to 187.12 Mbps since rolling out C-band.

Merger of HTH Communications to expand Lifeline, affordable connectivity program

HTH Communications acquired AirVoice Wireless, enabling HTH to offer Lifeline and affordable connectivity service to customers in all 50 states under three brands: Cintex Wireless, NewPhone Wireless and AirVoice Wireless.

“AirVoice Wireless was a significant acquisition for us in terms of growing our business,” said Henry Do, CEO of HTH Communications. “This acquisition, combined with the investments we’ve made in our infrastructure, means it’s now even easier for qualified consumers to receive the services they need to stay connected to family, employers, healthcare health and schools.

The acquisition will expand services such as the Affordable Connectivity Program, which offers discounts to low-income Americans to receive internet devices and connected devices.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act transformed the Emergency Broadband Benefit into a longer-term ACP program by allocating an additional $14.2 billion to it.

The ACP will offer eligible households discounts of up to $30 per month for broadband service, and up to $75 per month if the household is on tribal land. The program will offer a one-time rebate of up to $100 on a computer or tablet for eligible households.

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