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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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Biden explains justification for Syria strike in letter to Congress

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President Biden told congressional leadership in a letter Saturday that this week's airstrike against facilities in Syria linked to Iranian-backed militia groups was consistent with the U.S. right to self-defense.

Why it matters: Some Democrats, including Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), have criticized the Biden administration for the strike and demanded a briefing.

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FDA authorizes Johnson & Johnson's one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use

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The Food and Drug Administration on Saturday issued an emergency use authorization for Johnson & Johnson's one-shot coronavirus vaccine.

Why it matters: The authorization of a third coronavirus vaccine in the U.S. will help speed up the vaccine rollout across the country, especially since the J&J shot only requires one dose as opposed to Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech's two-shot vaccines.

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