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To take advantage of the offer, consumers will need to buy a $50 antenna stick that plugs into a laptop, or a $100 "mobile hotspot" that allows any Wi-Fi equipped device to connect to the Internet. Plus, data is limited.
BBH Labs gave 13 people from Austin's Front Steps Shelter mobile Wi-Fi devices and T-shirts that announced "I am a 4G Hotspot." The company paid them $20 up front and a minimum of $50 a day for about six hours work during the South By Southwest conference.
The Federal Communications Commission approved the transfer of wireless licenses to Dish this month, but it deferred decisions on whether Dish could use the spectrum more broadly to offer broadband service that is primarily ground based. For now, devices using the spectrum must be able to access satellite signals as well. That excludes the types of smartphones and tablet computers popular today.
Citing the exploding use of mobile devices, the FCC chairman calls for "voluntary incentive auctions" as a means to provide additional airwave capacity.
The group, which is supported by WRAL parent Capitol Broadcasting, offers a technological alternative to allow mobile carriers to utilize airwaves used by TV stations rather than the FCC taking away spectrum and selling it to wireless carriers.
As cell phones have spread, so have large cell towers. Now the wireless industry is planning a future without them, or at least without many more of them. Instead, it's looking at much smaller antennas, some tiny enough to hold in your hand.
Federal officials looking for more airwaves to deliver wireless broadband services are recommending that the government reallocate a sizeable chunk of radio spectrum currently used for weather satellites and naval radar systems.
Verizon Wireless said Wednesday that its new 4G wireless broadband network will be live before the end of the year in the cities on the Boston-to-Washington stretch as well as in Charlotte, California, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Seattle and other areas.
AT&T and Verizon, two offspring of Ma Bell, are getting more aggressive in their marketing, though it's not clear how much they are spending. Verizon and AT&T are both pulling away from their smaller rivals, so instead of competing with Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA, they're increasingly focused on each other.