Oct 26, 2018

Verizon exec: Home 5G helps set the table for mobile

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Verizon’s top engineer said the company sees its new 5G home broadband service as a way to introduce customers to the next generation of wireless technology.

What they’re saying: “Many places may only have one [broadband] provider,” Nicki Palmer, Verizon’s chief network officer, said on an episode of C-Span’s The Communicators filmed this week. “And we think this is a way with no trenching, no disruption to the home, where we can provide a very competitive product using this technology.”

  • Palmer noted that people who are not current Verizon customers can get the service, as can current customers. She said it “allows us as a company to be an insurgent in places where customers love our wireless services.”

She also pushed back on T-Mobile chief executive John Legere, who tweeted of the home broadband offering that “I have to say congrats to Verizon on delivering its 5G* Home Service today. It doesn’t use global industry standards or cover whole blocks and will never scale… but hey, it is first, right?! 🤷‍♂️”

  • "“It’s actually false,” Palmer said of Legere's comment.
  • She noted that Verizon is using pre-commercial gear to deliver its 5G home broadband service, but said that it could either be kept as is or upgraded to the final standard.
  • Verizon would have to change out the home equipment in order to have it be standards compliant. But unlike a phone, which needs to follow standards in order to interoperate and roam onto other networks, the home gear will only ever need to work with Verizon's equipment.

Go deeper:

  • The White House on Thursday announced a presidential memorandum ordering the Commerce Department to develop a national spectrum strategy, with an eye towards the global race to 5G.
  • Axios’ tech team went deep on the next generation wireless networks last month.

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George Zimmerman sues Buttigieg and Warren for $265M

George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, in November 2013. Photo: Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images

George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Fla. seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.

4 takeaways from the Nevada Democratic debate

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The relative civility of the last eight Democratic debates was thrown by the wayside Wednesday night, the first debate to feature the billionaire "boogeyman," Michael Bloomberg, whose massive advertising buys and polling surge have drawn the ire of the entire field.

The big picture: Pete Buttigieg captured the state of the race early on, noting that after Super Tuesday, the "two most polarizing figures on this stage" — Bloomberg and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders — could be the only ones left competing for the nomination. The rest of candidates fought to stop that momentum.

Klobuchar squares off with Buttigieg on immigration

Buttigieg and Klobuchar in Las Vegas on Feb. 19. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg went after Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage Wednesday for voting to confirm Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and voting in 2007 to make English the national language.

What she's saying: "I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete, but let me tell you what it's like to be in the arena. ... I did not one bit agree with these draconian policies to separate kids from their parents, and in my first 100 days, I would immediately change that."