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>Some rural residents, religious communities, and people who just like simple phones are still reliant on the vanishing network >Ending 3G will free up bandwidth for better 4G and 5G service. “Cellphones use radio frequency bandwidth,” explains Seva Epsteyn, a data communications engineer who helped create the community network NYC Mesh. “Carriers pay the FCC to use the bandwidth, which is analogous to a highway: Shutting off 3G is like shutting down its slow lane, making more room for fast lanes.” >But the sunsetting of 3G will also leave those who still depend on the network with phones that are as good as paperweights.
>Some rural residents, religious communities, and people who just like simple phones are still reliant on the vanishing network >Ending 3G will free up bandwidth for better 4G and 5G service. “Cellphones use radio frequency bandwidth,” explains Seva Epsteyn, a data communications engineer who helped create the community network NYC Mesh. “Carriers pay the FCC to use the bandwidth, which is analogous to a highway: Shutting off 3G is like shutting down its slow lane, making more room for fast lanes.” >But the sunsetting of 3G will also leave those who still depend on the network with phones that are as good as paperweights.
Interesting read, but what happens to the ~10% of Americans--predominantly rural and low-income--who are still using 3G-only phones when we stop supporting 3G service?
Interesting read, but what happens to the ~10% of Americans--predominantly rural and low-income--who are still using 3G-only phones when we stop supporting 3G service?
For some religious groups that discourage internet browsing, saying goodbye to 3G means losing the last network on which phones without the option to connect to wifi are available, which they treasure as they allow them to be on the grid but not online.
For some religious groups that discourage internet browsing, saying goodbye to 3G means losing the last network on which phones without the option to connect to wifi are available, which they treasure as they allow them to be on the grid but not online.
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