Stories by Kim Hart

Verizon wants consumers to do its 5G bidding

Verizon 5G
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Aiming to convince cities to move faster on 5G, Verizon is enlisting its consumers to do some work on its behalf.

What's new: The company launched a website on Monday where consumers and businesses can petition their local governments to support the deployment of new networking gear, known as small cells, needed to deliver the next generation of cellular technology,

Government shutdown halts FCC device approvals

FCC logo displayed on smartphone
FCC logo displayed on smart phone. Photo: Igor Golovniov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Add another potential casualty of the government shutdown: tech product launches.

The big picture: The Consumer Electronic Show is taking place in Las Vegas this week, where gazillions of products get announced. But the Federal Communications Commission — the agency tasked with authorizing new devices using radio frequencies — is on furlough along with the rest of the federal government.

Podcast: The polar vortex has split into 3 pieces

Kim Hart fills in for Dan today and chats with Axios science editor Andrew Freedman about the polar vortex and why we experience certain weather patterns. Also in the "Final Two," Kim talks about a key defeat in Brexit negotiations and how 18- to 27-year-olds feel that they will never be able to pay off their debt.

Go deeper: 2018 was Earth's fourth-warmest year, EU scientists find

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