OnPoint Issues Guidance for Personal Protection Against Cybercrimes

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As of today, the first day of National Cybersecurity Month, consumers have reported over 2,000 instances of COVID-19-related fraud in Oregon and over 4,800 in Washington State to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — As of today, the first day of National Cybersecurity Month, consumers have reported over 2,000 instances of COVID-19-related fraud in Oregon and over 4,800 in Washington State to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Nationwide, consumers have reported over 213,000 cases of COVID-19-related fraud.

Times of crisis creates opportunity for scammers, and cybersecurity experts warn the community to be extra cautious when contacted by unknown phone numbers or emails. To increase the community’s awareness of the growing number of threats that exist, OnPoint Community Credit Union today released new guidance for consumers and small businesses to defend themselves in its updated edition of “The OnPoint Guide to Personal Cybersecurity.” Originally published in October 2019, the free online security guide provides actionable information on the latest scams targeting the community and how to defend against them.

“As significant change continues to impact our communities and businesses, scammers lie in wait on the dark web, trying to catch us with our guards down,” said Zac Streelman, Vice President of Technology, OnPoint Community Credit Union. “Whether they contact you on social media, by text, or through email, a cybercriminal only has to be successful once to cash in at your expense. We encourage everyone to get proactive this month by understanding the many threats that exist on each personal device and what you can do to defend yourself during these heightened times, and beyond.”

The OnPoint Guide to Personal Cybersecurity offers a new set of precautionary tips based on its own expertise, as well as the cybersecurity trends that have emerged over the past year, including:

Teaching kids about cybersecurity. Connect the importance of staying safe online to advice given in real-life interactions. For instance, taking a gift from a stranger in the street is like accepting a friend request from a stranger online. Teach kids how to create strong passwords, secure their privacy and their devices, and identify safe Wi-Fi networks using flashcards to spot the symbols that represent secure and unsecured networks. How small businesses can protect themselves from cyberattacks. Small businesses are common targets for cybercriminals because they often lack dedicated IT staff. Roughly 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses, resulting in an average loss of $188,000. Small business owners can protect their assets by putting policies into effect that limit their exposure to risk. For example, the decision to allow staff to access sensitive materials from their personal devices should be weighed against potential risks, such as malware infection. Basic cybersecurity protocols include:

Keeping all software up to date Installing firewalls on all company devices Making secure backups of all business-critical data

Before working with any IT vendors, small business owners should ask for references and check online reviews. A trustworthy IT partner can audit the business’ current technology and make recommendations to reduce the risk of a costly data breach.

Understanding social engineering and confidence schemes. When thinking about cyberattacks, one might picture hackers creating viruses to gain access into personal accounts and business networks. However, 98% of cyber-attacks rely on social engineering or confidence schemes to trick you into revealing information such as a password.

Phishing attacks are a common example of social engineering. In most cases, cybercriminals deceive their targets into thinking they are interacting with someone trustworthy. Fraudsters use emotional appeals to trick people into putting logic aside for a moment. It’s during a moment of vulnerability when the target gives up a critical piece of information that allows the attacker to access their victim’s account or network.

Click here to learn more about specific scams commonly used in our community.

Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 406,000 members and with assets of $7.5 billion. OnPoint membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon counties (Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler and Yamhill) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 800-527-3932.

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FCC moves forward in freeing up more midband spectrum for 5G – CNET

The Federal Communications Commission took its first big step toward freeing up 100 megahertz of wireless spectrum currently being used for the military and making it available for 5G service.

The Federal Communications Commission took its first big step toward freeing up 100 megahertz of wireless spectrum currently being used for the military and making it available for 5G service. On Wednesday, the agency adopted rules and proposed additional changes to the 3.3-3.55GHZ band of spectrum that’ll pave the way toward an auction of the spectrum to commercial service providers.

This swath of spectrum has been used by the federal military. In August, the White House and Department of Defense determined it could be shared with commercial providers for 5G service. They urged the FCC to begin drafting rules for an auction to take place in December 2021.

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5G is the next generation of wireless technology rolling out across the world, promising to deliver much faster wireless service and a more responsive network. Its ability to connect more devices and offer real-time feedback is expected to spark a sea change in how we live and work, ushering in new advances like self-driving cars and advanced augmented reality experiences.

Midband spectrum, which is in the 2.5GHzz and 3.5GHz range of frequencies, provides more-balanced coverage and capacity due to its ability to cover a several-mile radius with 5G, despite needing more cell sites than lower-tiered spectrum bands.

AT&T and Verizon didn’t initially focus on these spectrum bands for 5G and instead invested in millimeter wave spectrum — extremely high-frequency radio airwaves that offer essentially a souped-up Wi-Fi hotspot.

But now these carriers are looking to use midband spectrum for 5G, especially as they seek to offer 5G to more suburban markets.

“The FCC took another important step today in getting much-needed mid-band spectrum to market to fuel our country’s 5G future,” Will Johnson, a senior vice president of regulatory and legal affairs for Verizon, said in a statement. “With its vote on the 3.45GHz band, the Commission is making additional, prime spectrum available that will extend the reach of 5G.”



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Newly Revised Registered Communications Distribution Design Program Now Available

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) profession, is pleased to announce the release of its updated Registered Communications Distribution Design® (RCDD®) Program, including an updated publication, course and exam:

  • Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), 14th Edition – Released February 2020
  • DD102: Applied Best Practices for Telecommunications Distribution Design Training Course – NEW!
  • Registered Communications Distribution Design (RCDD) Credential Exam – NEW!

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) profession, is pleased to announce the release of its updated Registered Communications Distribution Design® (RCDD®) Program, including an updated publication, course and exam:

Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), 14th Edition – Released February 2020DD102: Applied Best Practices for Telecommunications Distribution Design Training Course – NEW! Registered Communications Distribution Design (RCDD) Credential Exam – NEW!

The BICSI RCDD professional has the tools and knowledge to work with architects and engineers in designing the latest technologies for intelligent buildings and smart cities, encompassing state-of-the-art solutions in ICT. RCDD professionals design communications distribution systems; supervise the execution of the design; coordinate activities with the design team; and assess the overall quality of the completed communications distribution system.

“The BICSI RCDD credential is globally recognized as a designation of the exceptional expertise and qualifications of the individual in the design, integration and implementation of cutting-edge ICT solutions,” said John H. Daniels, CNM, FACHE, FHIMSS, BICSI Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. “With the rapid evolution of intelligent and smart technology design, the RCDD continues to elevate the standards for the entire industry and is recognized and required by many organizations.”

Award-Winning Publication
The Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), 14th edition, is BICSI’s flagship manual, the basis for the RCDD exam, and the foundation of ICT cabling design. From a new chapter detailing special design considerations, new sections such as disaster recovery and risk management, and updates to intelligent building design, 5G, DAS, WiFi-6, healthcare, PoE, OM5, data centers, wireless networks and addressing the latest versions of electrical codes and standards, the TDMM 14th edition is the indispensable resource for modern cabling design.

Earlier this year, the TDMM 14th edition won both the “Best in Show” and “Distinguished Technical Communication Awards” by the Society for Technical Communication.

New RCDD Course
Revised to reflect recent telecommunications distribution design trends, BICSI’s DD102: Applied Best Practices for Telecommunications Distribution Design course features brand new design activities and a greatly expanded student guide. In addition, DD102 includes hands-on and virtual collaboration tools to enhance the student learning experience and maximize material retention.

Two additional courses in the RCDD program will be released soon: the official BICSI RCDD Online Test Preparation course and DD101: Foundations of Telecommunications Distribution Design.

New RCDD Credential Exam
The RCDD Program was updated and aligned with the most recent Job Task Analysis (JTA), a critical process performed every 3-5 years to reflect the changes and evolution within the ICT industry. In addition to the expansion of topical areas, this version includes JTA-aligned modifications to both the eligibility and recertification requirements of the RCDD credential.

About the BICSI RCDD Certification
Critical to building infrastructure development, the BICSI RCDD program involves the design and implementation of telecommunications distribution systems.

Being recognized as a BICSI RCDD expert has many advantages, including:

New job and promotion opportunities Higher salary possibilities Recognition by fellow ICT professionals as a subject matter expert A positive impact on your professional image An expanded ICT career field

Those who achieve the RCDD designation have demonstrated their knowledge in the creation, planning, integration, execution and/or detailed-oriented project management of telecommunications and data communications technology.

More information about the BICSI RCDD program can be found at bicsi.org/rcdd.

BICSI is a professional association supporting the advancement of the information and communications technology (ICT) profession and currently serves more than 26,000 members and credential holders. BICSI is the preeminent resource for the Connected World. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.


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Huawei ban timeline: China may launch antitrust probe into Google following Huawei push – CNET

Huawei is a giant telecom supplier and phone manufacturer, but it’s a pariah in countries like the US. For more than a year, there’s been no shortage of scrutiny on the Chinese telecom giant, and a number of countries have banned the use of its networking equipment.

Huawei is a giant telecom supplier and phone manufacturer, but it’s a pariah in countries like the US. For more than a year, there’s been no shortage of scrutiny on the Chinese telecom giant, and a number of countries have banned the use of its networking equipment. Its phones are virtually invisible in the US despite its massive presence around the world.

The company’s chairman had predicted that 2020 would be “difficult” for Huawei, and there certainly have been challenges. The US continues to pressure allies to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks. In July, the UK opted to ban Huawei from its 5G infrastructure: The company’s gear must be removed by 2027 — a decision that Huawei found “disappointing” as 5G becomes increasingly mainstream.

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The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It’s the reason why the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment in 2012 and why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019, following an executive order from President Donald Trump effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks. A year later, Trump extended the order until 2021.

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The US initially offered a reprieve to companies, allowing them to work with Huawei through a temporary general license, but the Commerce Department accused the company of exploiting the rules to continue using American technology in its semiconductor design. It tightened those rules in August 2020 and said the temporary general license wouldn’t be extended further.

Huawei has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence.

Read more:Huawei P40 Pro Plus’ 10x optical zoom camera puts iPhone and Samsung to shame

It can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so here’s a timeline going back to 2018.


Sept. 30, 2020: China reportedly prepares antitrust probe into Google following Huawei prompt.

Sept. 10, 2020: Huawei says it’s bringing Harmony OS to phones and expanding it to other hardware-makers. It also reveals new headphones, watches and laptops.

Sept. 4, 2020: FCC estimates it’ll cost $1.8B to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks.

Aug. 24, 2020: India will quietly remove Huawei equipment from its networks as border tensions rise, a report says.

Aug. 19, 2020: Huawei says its older Android phones will continue to get software and security updates even though its Google license has expired.

Aug. 17, 2020: US tightens restrictions on Huawei’s access to American chips.

Aug. 13, 2020: India takes steps to lock Huawei and ZTE out of its 5G rollout.

July 30, 2020: Huawei takes Samsung’s crown to become world’s biggest phone maker, analyst says.

July 29, 2020: Qualcomm settles long-running Huawei patent spat.

July 20, 2020: China reportedly considers action against Nokia and Ericsson if EU bans Huawei.

July 15, 2020: Trump administration hits Huawei workers with US visa restrictions.

July 14, 2020: UK follows US in banning Huawei from its 5G network.

July 3, 2020: Huawei brings Uber rival Bolt to its AppGallery store.

June 30, 2020: Huawei and ZTE officially designated national security threats by FCC.

June 25, 2020: Trump administration designates Huawei as backed by Chinese military.

June 17, 2020: Huawei reveals which phones will get EMUI 10.1 update.

June 15, 2020: Commerce Department lets US companies work with Huawei on developing 5G standards.

June 10, 2020: NATO boss supports the UK’s review of Huawei’s role in its 5G rollout.

June 9, 2020: Huawei insists it “grew up in the UK” and wants to play a significant role in the country’s 5G deployment.

June 4, 2000: Documents reportedly reveal Huawei covered up ownership of Iranian affiliate in scheme to sell prohibited US tech.

June 3, 2000: Canadian telecoms effectively lock Huawei out of country’s 5G development.

June 2, 2020: US Senator Tom Cotton tells British politicians he thinks China is trying to use Huawei to “drive a hi-tech wedge between” America and the UK.

June 1, 2020: Huawei reportedly turns to rival chipmakers to weather US clampdown.

May 27, 2020: Huawei CFO loses case to dismiss extradition to the US.

May 26, 2020: UK launches fresh probe into Huawei’s role in future 5G plans. Huawei announces partnership with Youtube rival Dailymotion.

May 22, 2020: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly looks to reduce Huawei’s role in country’s 5G networks.

May 18, 2020: Huawei criticizes new US rules as “pernicious” and “arbitrary,” and China reportedly prepares to take “forceful countermeasures” against US tech companies.

May 15, 2020: Commerce Department tightens export controls on Huawei, and extends Temporary General License for another 90 days.

May 14, 2020: Trump extends executive order targeting Huawei for another year.

May 7, 2020: US rule might let American companies work with Huawei on 5G.

May 1, 2020: Huawei Australia’s carrier business drops 21% for 2019 as 5G ban bites.

April 29, 2020: Huawei reportedly expands partnership with European chipmaker in the face of increasing US restrictions on suppliers.

April 21, 2020: Huawei reports 1.4% revenue increase for the first quarter of 2020 as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Also, senior British official reportedly says UK is unlikely to reconsider “firm” decision to allow Huawei access to non-sensitive parts of its 5G network.

April 20, 2020: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei downplays his influence over the company in a South China Morning Post profile.

April 17, 2020: Chinese teaser video showcases Huawei’s Nova 7 phone series ahead April 23 reveal.

April 15, 2020: BT delays removal of Huawei equipment from EE’s core network by two years.

April 13, 2020: Huawei warns that disrupting its involvement in Britain’s 5G rollout would do the country “a disservice.”

April 2, 2020: Huawei signs non-aggression patent pact as it joins Open Invention Network.

March 31, 2020: Huawei reports smallest profit increase in three years as US ban takes its toll.

March 27, 2020: Huawei reportedly starts working on cloud gaming platform with Tencent, the biggest games company in the world.

March 26, 2020: Huawei reveals P40 Pro Plus, P40 Pro and P40, along with smart assistant Celia. Also, senior US officials reportedly agree on new rules to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers.

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March 24, 2020: Huawei P40 and P40 Pro apparently leak online ahead of launch.

March 12, 2020: Trump signs law to prevent US rural telecom carriers from using Huawei network equipment, and France is reportedly planning to allow some Huawei gear in its 5G network.

March 11, 2020: US officials reportedly postpone a meeting on potential new restrictions on sales of technology to Huawei and China, and the Commerce Department extends Huawei license through May 15.

March 9, 2020: Huawei cancels P40 launch event due to coronavirus, and US envoy reportedly presses Canada over Huawei role in 5G network.

March 6, 2020: Huawei reportedly projects major drop in phone sales amid US sanctions.

March 4, 2020: Nokia and Ericsson pitch themselves to US lawmakers as Huawei 5G alternative. Also, Huawei pleads not guilty to new US criminal charges in 2018 case and FCC’s Brendan Carr says US “cannot treat Huawei as anything other than a threat to our collective security.”

March 3, 2020: US senators urge UK to reconsider use of Huawei gear in its 5G network.

March 2, 2020: Leaked documents reportedly reveal Huawei’s role in shipping prohibited US gear to Iran.

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Feb. 28, 2020: Huawei will spend €200 million on new 5G plant in France.

Feb. 27, 2020: FCC starts collecting data on Huawei use in US networks, and Senate passes bill banning government purchases of Huawei gear.

Feb. 26, 2020: Officials from Huawei and Defense Department spar at cybersecurity panel.

Feb. 24, 2020: Huawei will launch its P40 Pro in Paris on March 26, its upgraded Mate XS foldable will be available outside China and the company is bringing a new tablet, speaker and green MateBook X Pro laptop to Europe. And Trump reportedly accuses British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “betrayal” in a heated phone call about Huawei 5G decision.

Feb. 23, 2020: Google warns people against sideloading its apps on Huawei’s P40 phones.

Feb. 21, 2020: The White House reportedly is planning a 5G summit to combat Huawei.

Feb. 20, 2020: Huawei makes an aggressive 5G infrastructure product pitch to European nations.

Feb. 18, 2020: A judge dismisses a Huawei suit challenging the US government’s equipment ban.

Feb. 14, 2020: Huawei gets another 45-day reprieve from Commerce Department.

Feb. 13, 2020: The Justice Department charges Huawei with racketeering and theft of trade secrets.

Feb. 11, 2020: The US reportedly finds Huawei has backdoor access to mobile networks globally.

Feb. 7, 2020: Attorney General William Barr suggests that US take a “controlling stake” in Ericsson or Nokia to counter Huawei.

Feb, 6, 2020: Huawei hits Verizon with lawsuits alleging patent infringement, and it’ll reportedly join forces with Vivo and Oppo against Google Play Store.

Feb. 5, 2020: Vodafone says implementing UK and European Huawei restrictions could take five years.

Feb. 3, 2020: Huawei asks FCC to drop national “unlawful and misguided” security risk label, and updates its “ultralight” MateBook D laptops.

Jan. 30, 2020: Australian politicians dismiss talk of revisiting Huawei 5G ban.

Jan. 29, 2020: EU allows Huawei for 5G, but warns states to limit core network access.

Jan. 28, 2020: UK gives Huawei the green light to build the country’s non-core 5G network, with some limitations, while an analyst says Huawei is the world’s top 5G phone vendor.

Jan. 24, 2020: The Pentagon reportedly blocked even tighter rules on US companies selling to Huawei.

Jan. 23, 2020: Huawei postpones its China developers conference due to deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Jan. 20, 2020: Huawei will use TomTom’s navigation software and data after losing Google Maps.

Jan. 16, 2020: Huawei Mate XS foldable phone will reportedly be cheaper and smaller, while images of purported Huawei P40 Pro hint at many camera features.

Jan. 15, 2020: Huawei shipped nearly 7 million 5G phones last year, and it’s reportedly spending $26 million courting developers to build apps for its phones.

Jan. 14, 2020: The US presses British officials to block Huawei from its 5G network, and US senators propose over $1B in 5G subsidies to counter Huawei dominance.

Jan. 9, 2020: Sen. Tom Cotton unveils a bill to stop the US from sharing intelligence with countries that use Huawei 5G technology.

Jan. 7, 2020: Huawei is allowed to participate in India’s 5G trial phase.

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Dec. 31, 2019: Huawei boosted phone sales in 2019 but predicts a “difficult” 2020.

Dec. 26, 2019: Huawei rebuts suggestions that Chinese state support drove its growth.

Dec. 20, 2019: Huawei’s new P40 Pro rumored to have 10x optical zoom.

Dec. 19, 2019: Greenland opts for Sweden’s Ericsson over Huawei for 5G rollout.

Dec. 18, 2019: Huawei opens 5G innovation center in London.

Dec. 17, 2019: Huawei will launch the P40 Pro in March without Google support, and Spain’sTelefonica says it’ll drastically reduce Huawei gear use for its core 5G network.

Dec. 16, 2019: US House of Representatives passes bill barring government from buying Huawei gear.

Dec. 15, 2019: Norway’s Telenor says Huawei will still play a role in the country’s 5G rollout.

Dec. 13, 2019: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou wins court order to receive documents for her arrest and extradition.

Dec. 8, 2019: Huawei will bring Harmony OS to more products next year, but not phones.

Dec. 5, 2019: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes selfie with Huawei phone after hinting at ban.

Dec. 4, 2019: Huawei slams FCC’s new restrictions as unconstitutional in legal challenge.

Dec. 3, 2019: Huawei cut US components out of Mate 30 in wake of Trump’s ban, and US judge disqualifies Huawei lawyer from fraud and sanctions case, citing conflict of interest.

Dec. 2, 2019: Huawei predicts Australia’s 5G ban will force it to cut 1,500 jobs.

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Nov. 29, 2019: Huawei will apparently fight the FCC decision to exclude it from federal subsidies.

Nov. 26, 2019: Huawei and Samsung see jump in phone sales for third quarter, while others see decline.

Nov. 25, 2019: Huawei unveils its iPad Pro rival, the MatePad Pro, for China.

Nov. 22, 2019: The FCC bars Huawei and ZTE from billions in federal subsidies, while senators want Trump to halt licenses that let US companies sell to Huawei.

Nov. 21, 2019: Microsoft scores license to export software to Huawei.

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Nov. 20, 2019: Huawei Mate X’s folding screen costs $1,000 to fix.

Nov. 19, 2019: Huawei says US license extension doesn’t change the fact that it’s being treated unfairly.

Nov. 12, 2019: Huawei is reportedly giving staff $286 million in bonuses for sticking through US ban.

Nov. 8, 2019: Trump’s tech chief slams countries for “opening their arms” to Huawei.

Nov. 7, 2019: Huawei founder says the company’s coping fine with the US trade ban, but stresses the need for open collaboration.

Nov. 5, 2019: Hungary will reportedly work with Huawei in building its 5G network.

Nov. 4, 2019: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says licenses allowing US companies to sell equipment to Huawei “will be forthcoming very shortly.”

Nov. 1, 2019: Huawei might be working on an iPad Pro-style tablet.

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Oct. 31, 2019: The UK general election has apparently delayed the decision on giving Huawei access to the UK’s 5G network again. Also, Huawei ships 66.7 million phones in 2019’s third quarter.

Oct. 28, 2019: The Federal Communications Commission says it’ll cut off funding to wireless carriers using Huawei and ZTE equipment.

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Oct. 23, 2019: Huawei launches the Mate X foldable phone in China and celebrates hitting 200 million phone shipments two months sooner than it did last year. Also, the company’s cybersecurity chief says it’d be easier to bribe telecom staff than build backdoors into networks.

Oct. 21, 2019: A Huawei executive acknowledges the company’s struggling without Google support.

Oct. 16, 2019: Huawei sold a whole bunch of phones despite the US ban, while a Mate X unboxing video hints at the foldable phone’s imminent release. Also, Germany caused an uproar with draft network security rules that would let Huawei work on its 5G networks.

Oct. 15, 2019: Huawei and Sunrise co-build a 5G research center in Switzerland.

Oct. 9, 2019: Trump is reportedly ready to approve sales of US goods to Huawei.

Oct. 4, 2019: Malaysian telecom Maxis signs up with Huawei for 5G.

Oct. 2, 2019: Huawei Mate 30 phones apparently lose backdoor access to Google apps.

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Sept. 30, 2019: Huawei opens flagship store in Shenzhen.

Sept. 26, 2019: Huawei apparently is making 5G base stations without US parts, and Norway says it won’t ban the company from its 5G rollout.

Sept. 19, 2019: Huawei unveils the Mate 30 Pro phone, Watch GT 2 and Vision TV during an event in Munich.

Sept. 18, 2019: Huawei urges Australia to embrace Chinese products during its “explosion of innovation,” and its Mate 30 event lineup apparently leaks a day early.

Sept. 12, 2019: Huawei’s founder is ready to sell his company’s 5G tech to a Western buyer. Separately, Huawei is selling MateBook laptops with Linux preinstalled in China.

Sept. 10, 2019: Huawei drops a lawsuit against the US government after its telecom equipment is returned.

Sept. 9, 2019: Microsoft President Brad Smith wants the US government to offer more evidence to back up its Huawei ban. Also, US prosecutors charge a Chinese professor with fraud for allegedly taking a California company’s tech for Huawei’s benefit.

Sept. 8, 2019: Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone could go on sale in October.

Sept. 6, 2019: Huawei skirts US ban with “new” P30 Pro, but only the colors are new. It also shows off the 5G Kirin 990 chip that’ll power its Mate 30.

Sept. 3, 2019: Huawei accuses US of using cyberattacks and threats to disrupt its business. It also intends to give universities $300 million annually despite the US trade ban.

Sept. 2, 2019: Huawei announces that the Mate 30 series launches Sept. 19.

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Aug 27, 2019: US reportedly receives more than 130 requests for Huawei licenses, but none have been issued yet. Also, new Huawei phones reportedly won’t be able to use Android.

Aug. 23, 2019: Huawei reckons the US ban will cost its phone division $10 billion, and sheds 100 Australian jobs after being banned from country’s 5G rollout.

Aug. 22, 2019: Huawei says it has no plans to launch a Harmony-powered phone.

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Aug. 19, 2019: US Commerce Department extends reprieve allowing companies to work with Huawei.

Aug. 18, 2019: Trump says he doesn’t want to do business with Huawei due to the “national security threat” it represents.

Aug. 16, 2019: Huawei’s founder expresses confidence that UK “won’t say no to us” in its 5G rollout.

Aug. 15, 2019: Huawei pushes back the launch of its Mate X again, and might be working on its own version of Google Maps.

Aug. 14, 2019: Huawei is apparently researching 6G wireless internet connectivity.

Aug. 13, 2019: India remains undecided on letting Huawei sell its 5G networking equipment in the country.

Aug. 9, 2019: Huawei unveils its Android replacement “Harmony,” while Trump says the US won’t do business with Huawei.

Aug. 7, 2019: Trump administration says it’ll ban government from doing business with Huawei, and Republican senators target Google over Huawei project.

Aug. 6, 2019: Huawei Twitter poll reveals its followers think it’s owned by the Chinese government, but people on Facebook disagree.

Aug. 4, 2019: Huawei will reportedly release a cheap phone powered by its Hongmeng OS in late 2019.

July 31, 2019: Huawei beat iPhone with 17% global market share in 2019’s second quarter, research firm said.

July 30, 2019: Huawei reported revenue surge despite US ban, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Trump administration could decide on licenses allowing Huawei sales by next week.

July 29, 2019: Huawei and Google were reportedly working on a smart speaker before ban.

July 26, 2019: Chinese authorities suspect FedEx illegally held back over 100 Huawei packages, report said.

July 25, 2019: Electronics company reportedly “seized” $100M of Huawei goods following US ban.

July 24, 2019: United Arab Emirates telecom says US ban on Huawei isn’t an issue for its 5G network.

July 23, 2019: Huawei lays off more than 600 US workers due to blacklisting.

July 22, 2019: Leaked documents suggested that Huawei secretly helped build North Korea’s wireless network. Also, the White House gathering tech execs for a meeting where Trump reportedly said Huawei licensing deals will be “timely.”

July 19, 2019: Huawei says Hongmeng OS isn’t designed as an Android replacement.

July 16, 2019: Bipartisan group of senators introduces 5G legislation that would keep Huawei blacklisted.

July 15, 2019: Canada may wait until after October elections to decide on Huawei ban, while the US will reportedly let Huawei sell to companies within weeks. Also, Huawei reportedly plans major layoffs at its US research labs.

July 9, 2019: US will allow licensed sales to Huawei, but it remains blacklisted.

July 7, 2019: Huawei CEO says its HongMeng OS alternative is ‘likely’ faster than Android, but needs its own app store.

July 4, 2019: US government tries to get Huawei lawsuit thrown out.

July 3, 2019: Huawei remains on Commerce Department’s blacklist despite Trump’s latest decision.

July 2, 2019: Huawei reportedly isn’t sure about using Android in future phones.

July 1, 2019: Trump official says eased Huawei restrictions only apply to widely available products.

June 29, 2019: Trump decides to lift some restrictions on US companies selling to Huawei.

June 27, 2019: Huawei employees worked on Chinese military research projects, according to a report from Bloomberg.

June 25, 2019: US companies are reportedly bypassing the Trump ban on sales to Huawei, while FedEx is suing the Commerce Department over the diversion of Huawei packages.

June 24, 2019: Huawei says it’ll increase its 5G investment in spite of US ban, while attorneys for its imprisoned CFO have asked for the US extradition request to be withdrawn. Also, an FCC commissioner wants Huawei gear out of US networks, and the Trump administration reportedly is thinking about requiring domestic 5G equipment to be made outside China.

June 21, 2019: Huawei unveils a trio of new Nova 5 phones in China as US tensions simmer, and its Mate X foldable phone will reportedly launch by September. The US also blacklists five more Chinese tech companies.

June 19, 2019: Huawei’s CEO isn’t worried about $30 billion revenue hit from US ban.

June 18, 2019: Huawei boss predicts $30B revenue hit from US ban, but Microsoft starts selling its laptops again.

June 13, 2019: Chinese ambassador warns Britain that excluding Huawei from 5G sends a “bad signal.”

June 12, 2019: Huawei reportedly moves to trademark its own OS, and apparently chases Verizon for $1B in patent licensing fees.

June 11, 2019: Huawei says it’ll need more time to become world’s biggest phone seller and reportedly delays announcement of its new laptop indefinitely.

June 10, 2019: Huawei reportedly asks app developers to publish on its AppGallery store, and a White House official apparently wants to delay the US government’s Huawei ban.

June 7, 2019: Facebook stops letting Huawei preinstall its apps, and Google reportedly warns the Trump administration that its Huawei ban creates a national security risk. Also, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing is set for January 2020.

June 6, 2019: Russian telecom agrees to let Huawei develop country’s 5G network, while China gives Huawei a boost by issuing 5G licenses.

June 5, 2019: Huawei chairman says company would sign a “no-spy” deal with US.

June 4, 2019: Huawei trade secrets trial reportedly kicks off in Texas.

June 3, 2019: Science publisher IEEE reverses its week-old ban on Huawei scientists reviewing technical papers.

June 2, 2019: Huawei reportedly strips back production of phones amid US crackdown.

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May 31, 2019: Huawei reportedly orders employees to cancel US meetings, mirrors Consumer Technology Association’s criticism of Trump’s plans to impose higher tariffs on imported Mexican goods.

May 30, 2019: Huawei membership restored by SD Association and Wi-Fi Alliance, while it quietly launches its 5G lab in the shadow of the US ban. Also, its wearables shipments quadruple in first quarter.

May 29, 2019: Huawei asks court to rule US ban unconstitutional.

May 28, 2019: Huawei reportedly plans to bring OS to China later this year, internationally in 2020.

May 26, 2019: Huawei’s founder says he’d “be the first to protest” if China retaliated against Apple.

May 24, 2019: Huawei’s operating system may be called “Hongmeng,” while Amazon Japan reportedly stops selling its devices.

May 23, 2019: US reportedly accuses Huawei of lying about Chinese ties.

May 22, 2019: Chip designer Arm ditches Huawei, while Mate 20 X gets dropped from UK 5G launch.

May 21, 2019: Huawei reportedly wants its app store to compete with Google’s.

May 20, 2019: Huawei gets a temporary reprieve from the US trade ban, prompting Google to revive work temporarily.

May 19, 2019: Google cuts off Huawei phones from future Android updates.

May 16, 2019: Huawei says US ban will ‘significantly harm’ American jobs and companies.

May 15, 2019: Trump effectively bans Huawei with a national security order.

May 8, 2019: 5G rollout may face a delay in UK over Huawei investigations.

May 3, 2019: Countries draft 5G security proposals as the US warns again of Huawei’s threat.

May 2, 2019: A Huawei leak prompts the sacking of UK defense minister Gavin Williamson.

May 1, 2019: Huawei hits 50% growth in phone sales and reportedly has an 8K 5G TV in the works for later this year.

April 30, 2019: Vodafone found hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment, according to a report.

April 24, 2019: Britain will reportedly allow Huawei limited access to 5G infrastructure. Several days later, China pushes Britain to let Huawei be part of 5G rollout.

April 21, 2019: The CIA reportedly says Huawei is funded by Chinese state security.

April 11, 2019: Google and Huawei will pay Nexus 6P owners for bootloop issues in class-action lawsuit.

April 9, 2019: The US reportedly no longer demands a Huawei ban in Germany.

April 8, 2019: Huawei is “open” to selling its 5G chips to Apple, says report.

April 4, 2019: Huawei sets new goals to overtake Samsung and Apple, and MIT severs links with Huawei and ZTE due to US investigations.

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March 29, 2019: Huawei slams US for having “a loser’s attitude” because its tech can’t compete.

March 28, 2019: British watchdog warns that Huawei products represent “significantly increased risk.”

March 26, 2019: Huawei launches the P30 and P30 Pro in Paris.

March 19, 2019: Angela Merkel pushes back against US pressure to bar Huawei from Germany’s 5G rollout.

March 15, 2019: Huawei’s CFO wanted to quit before arrest, according to the company’s founder.

March 14, 2019: Huawei is developing its own OS in case it can’t use Android or Windows, report says.

March 12, 2019: US reportedly tells Germany to drop Huawei or it’ll limit intelligence sharing. The Huawei Mate 20 hits 10 million shipped.

March 8, 2019: Huawei sues the US government over its equipment ban.

March 5, 2019: Huawei reportedly calls for international cybersecurity standards.

March 1, 2019: An extradition hearing for Huawei’s CFO gets the go-ahead from Canada, and the US warns the Philippines against using Huawei 5G gear.

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Feb. 28, 2019: Chinese kids literally sing Huawei’s praises in surreal video.

Feb. 26, 2019: Samsung and Huawei settle 2-year-old patent dispute.

Feb. 25, 2019: Huawei could face a solar tech ban in the US.

Feb. 24, 2019: Huawei unveils the Mate X foldable phone.

Feb. 22, 2019: Italian politicians reportedly push for Huawei 5G ban.

Feb. 21, 2019: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says countries using Huawei tech pose a risk to the US.

Feb. 20-21, 2019: Ren Zhengfei says that the arrest of his daughter, the company’s CFO, was “politically motivated and that the US treats 5G like “military” tech.

Feb. 19, 2019: Ren tells the BBC “there’s no way the US can crush us.”

Feb. 17, 2019: The UK reportedly concludes that using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk.

Feb. 6, 2019: US State Department discourages European countries from using Huawei equipment in their 5G rollouts.

Feb. 4, 2019: A report says the FBI raided a Huawei lab and set up a CES sting. Also, two of the company’s staff were expelled from Denmark after a work permit inspection.

The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company.
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Jan. 30, 2019: Qualcomm reaches an interim licensing agreement with Huawei.

Jan. 29, 2019: US hammers Huawei with 23 indictments for alleged trade secret theft and fraud.

Jan. 25, 2019: Colleges reportedly drop Huawei equipment to appease the Trump administration. Also, Huawei says it’ll reveal a foldable phone with 5G in February.

Jan. 24, 2019: Huawei reportedly says it’ll take the smartphone crown from Samsung by 2020.

Jan. 23, 2019: Huawei’s CFO may face formal extradition to the US, report says.

Jan. 18, 2019: China says a Canadian ban on Huawei’s 5G tech will trigger “repercussions.”

Jan. 11, 2019: In Poland, a Huawei employee gets arrested over alleged spying.Three days later, Huawei sacks that employee.

Jan. 8, 2019: Huawei fights to stay in the US with laptops and tablets at CES.

Jan. 4, 2019: Senators introduce a bipartisan bill to address concerns about Chinese tech companies.

Jan. 3, 2019: A report suggests that President Trump may use an executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE purchases.

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Dec. 24, 2018: Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments.

Dec. 12, 2018: A Canadian court grants Huawei’s CFO $10 million bail.

Dec. 7, 2018: Reuters reports that Japan will stop buying Huawei, ZTE equipment.

Dec. 6, 2018: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is arrested in Canada at the request of the US.

Dec. 5, 2018: Britain’s BT says it’ll strip Huawei equipment from 4G network by 2021 and won’t use it in 5G core.

Oct. 18, 2018: Huawei tussles with US startup CNEX Labs over theft of technology.

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Sept. 7, 2018: Huawei gets caught cheating on a phone benchmark test.

Sept. 5, 2018: In a Senate hearing on Facebook and Twitter, Huawei and ZTE get called out.

Aug. 1, 2018: Knocking off Apple, Huawei becomes the No. 2 phone seller.

July 19, 2018: Huawei crosses 100 million shipments mark for the year to date.

July 11, 2018: Australia says it’ll ban Huawei from 5G rollout amid security concerns.

June 7, 2018: Congress calls out Google over its ties with Huawei.

June 6, 2018: A report reveals that Facebook gave Huawei special access to user data.

May 2, 2018: The Pentagon bans the sale of Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases.

March 22, 2018: Huawei loses Best Buy as retail partner.

Feb. 13, 2018: FBI Director Chris Wray warns against buying Huawei and ZTE phones.

Jan. 9, 2018: At CES, Huawei CEO Richard Yu addresses the loss of AT&T support.


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Siren Continues to Gain Commercial Traction for Smart Fabric Remote Patient Monitoring Solution in COVID-19

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Siren, a technology company that developed smart textiles with remote patient monitoring (RPM) applications, today announced an additional raise of $9 million for the company’s Series B financing.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Siren, a technology company that developed smart textiles with remote patient monitoring (RPM) applications, today announced an additional raise of $9 million for the company’s Series B financing. Siren previously raised $11.8 million earlier this year, which was led by Anathem Ventures with participation from existing investors DCM, Khosla Ventures, 500 Startups and Founders Fund. This final close puts the total Series B at nearly $21 million and included participation by all existing investors as well as new investors, such as Manta Ray, Mighty Capital, Portfolia and David Helgason.

COVID-19 Shifts Consumer Demand for Remote Monitoring Health Services

Since the beginning of the year, Siren has seen a drastic increase in monthly subscriptions – up almost 20x. This increase is reflected across Siren’s user base for patients and ordering clinics. To date, the number of patients with signed contracts has increased by 340% and the number ordering clinics has more than tripled, increasing 216%. One of these ordering clinics is StrideCare, the largest podiatry network in Texas.

Siren’s rapid growth was further fueled by the increased demand for RPM and decrease in in-person office visits due to COVID-19. This decrease may have helped to generate a spike in telehealth services early on by as much as 300-fold but has since flattened, according to the Epic Health Research Network.

“The majority of clinics have seen a 90% decrease of in-person visits. Now, more than ever, it’s important for patients to stay connected to their doctors and for doctors to stay connected to their patients. Because Siren allows doctors and healthcare workers to transition to remote monitoring, we have forecasted inbound demand from clinics to well above 400% of expectations,” said Ran Ma, CEO and co-founder of Siren. “The future of digital healthcare is RPM, giving healthcare providers insights they can’t glean from telehealth alone.”

Siren Serves At-Risk Populations

Siren’s first product is an FDA-registered temperature monitoring sock that connects wirelessly to a software application that serves at-risk populations. With Siren’s product, healthcare practitioners can detect early signs of inflammation in patients at risk of developing diabetic foot ulcers. RPM capabilities are especially valuable for older patients and those with chronic or underlying medical conditions, like diabetes, both of whom are higher-risk populations for COVID-19. During the first two months of the pandemic, the UCSF Limb Preservation Program showed the number of major amputations for high-risk populations nearly tripled from pre-pandemic levels. In fact, the same study reports that while there was a 32% decrease in operating room (OR) visits for patients, OR rooms still saw a 44% increase in amputations.

“Our patients are some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations. To further serve our patients, Siren is also rolling out cellular connectivity, which means users can use the product anywhere with access to an electrical plug; no smartphone, WiFi or setup required,” added Ma.

Siren’s Accelerated Growth

“DCM has been early supporters of Siren, and we look forward to the company’s growth as it continues to bring its FDA-registered SaaS product to millions of at-risk diabetic neuropathy patients,” said Jason Krikorian, general partner at DCM and Siren board member.

To support Siren’s accelerated product demand, the company continues to grow its team and is still actively hiring. In the last 12 months, the company has brought on several engineering, sales and executive new hires.

About Siren
Siren is a technology company founded in 2015 by Ran Ma, Henk Jan Scholten, and Jie Fu that has developed proprietary technology to embed microsensors into fabric, allowing for the mass production of affordable, washable smart textiles. Siren’s products seamlessly integrate into their users’ everyday lives while providing real-time biofeedback to patients and their doctors. Siren’s first commercial product is an FDA-registered temperature monitoring sock for the early detection of inflammation that leads to diabetic foot ulcers, which costs the health system over $43 billion a year and leads to over 100,000 lower limb amputations annually in the United States. www.siren.care

About DCM
DCM is a global venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Tokyo with over $4.2 billion under management. DCM has invested in more than 400 early-stage technology companies globally and provides hands-on operational guidance and a global network of business and financial resources. DCM has backed industry-leading companies, including 51job, 58.com, Blued, Bill.com, BitAuto, Careem (Uber), Dangdang, Fortinet, Freee, Happy Elements, Houchebang (ManBang), Kakao Talk, Musical.ly (TikTok), Sling Media, Sansan, TanTan, Tuniu, UCloud, Uxin, Vipshop and Wrike. DCM has also invested in rising startups, such as Brigit, DXY, Eaze, Figure Technologies, Folio, Hims & Hers, Kuaishou, Lime, Maimai, Peco, Plenty, Pony.ai, SigFig, SoFi and Tempo. For more information, visit https://www.dcm.com.

About Anathem Ventures
Anathem Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund that invests in the Seed to Series B rounds of great companies that have developed breakthrough technology with strong IP protection that they are leveraging to win and own well-defined, high-margin markets. Anathem is located in Jackson Square in the heart of San Francisco. www.anathemventures.com

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Nomadix Strengthens Executive Team and Expands Product Portfolio

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Nomadix® Inc., the global hospitality and MDU technology provider, today announced that the company has strengthened its global management team, expanded its product portfolio and increased hiring across the organization.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Nomadix® Inc., the global hospitality and MDU technology provider, today announced that the company has strengthened its global management team, expanded its product portfolio and increased hiring across the organization. The company is committed to providing value to its partners and customers and has invested in its team and product portfolio to help customers navigate the current environment and prepare for recovery.

With the decrease in travel and the massive impact on hotels, hoteliers are looking for ways to increase safety standards and customer satisfaction without adding more strain to an already impacted budget. Nomadix has created a suite of cost-effective, touchless technologies that can improve the guest experience and meet new safety requirements of hoteliers. Additionally, for the Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) market, Nomadix now offers Managed Wi-Fi that creates secure, reliable Internet connections to meet the 24/7 demands of tenants needing strong and reliable internet access for work, school and entertainment.

“The global impact of 2020 has created new safety and reliability requirements for hotels and MDUs, and we are focusing our efforts on helping customers solve these new pain points, save money and make it through this tumultuous year and beyond,” said Ted Helvey, chairman & CEO of Nomadix. “In addition, we’re expanding our teams and product offerings beyond our flagship gateways, with new product families demonstrating our continued commitment to the hospitality industry and building high-quality and reliable solutions for MDUs.”

Helvey, who took the helm of Nomadix last year, has been building out the global management team over the last several months. He has a long tenure of executive leadership in software, networking and hospitality, as well as longtime involvement with non-profit organizations. Helvey also serves as a principal in Gate Worldwide Holdings and as chairman for its portfolio of companies including Angie Hospitality, a leader in contactless solutions for hotels, interTouch, a global managed service provider in hospitality, and GlobalReach Technology, a leader in Wi-Fi authentication.

Reporting to Helvey as members of the global management team of Nomadix and affiliated companies:

Pam Goncalves, Chief Marketing Officer. Goncalves brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing and executive leadership roles, having served at both pre-IPO and publicly traded networking technology and SaaS companies, including GuideSpark, Egnyte, Vocera, Brocade and Genesis Microchip. Goncalves is responsible for the global marketing strategy for Nomadix and its affiliated companies.

Tammy Estes, Chief Product Officer. Her tenure includes over 30 years of leadership roles in the areas of product and technology management, business and systems operations and program management in networking, software and educational companies. She’s held roles in both private and public organizations, including iBahn, EarthLink and Learning Policy Institute. Estes also serves as CPO of Angie Hospitality.

Mark Khandjian, Chief Financial Officer. He brings a broad range of financial and operating experience and has held leadership roles in finance, accounting, general management and operations at Broadcom, Microsoft, Solectron and Ingram Micro. Khandjian also serves as CFO for each of the Gate Worldwide Holdings portfolio companies.

John Sykes, Head of Operations. Sykes has extensive experience in technology operations and improving efficiency to provide more value to customers, including leadership roles at Kaleidescape, CacheFlow and The Urban Electric Co.

Nomadix has more than doubled the research and development teams since early last year, and the company is also hiring across the organization, including in sales, marketing and operations, to prepare for the recovery of the hospitality industry and to meet the growing demand in the MDU space. The company plans on making a series of product announcements over the next several weeks leading up to Cyber HITEC in late October.

About Nomadix
Nomadix is a world leader in edge gateways and is the industry standard for hospitality. In addition to its flagship hospitality product line, the company also offers reliable, affordable internet provisioning and management solutions for Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs). The Nomadix® Cloud, a unified solution for hotel owners, brands and managed service providers (MSPs), provides greater control and visibility of property network capabilities and performance. For more information, visit nomadix.com.

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Danke Receives Fourth Significant Industry Award in 2020 for Business Strengths and Brand Influence

BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Phoenix Tree Holdings Limited (“Danke” or the “Company”) (NYSE: DNK), one of the largest co-living platforms in China with the fastest growth, is pleased to announce that it has received its fourth significant industry award in 2020.

BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Phoenix Tree Holdings Limited (“Danke” or the “Company”) (NYSE: DNK), one of the largest co-living platforms in China with the fastest growth, is pleased to announce that it has received its fourth significant industry award in 2020. These awards recognize Danke for its strengths in business model, products and services, and brand influence.

The awards are:

“2020 Most Loved Apartment Operator by Tenants” at the 2020 BRIC Forum and 9th BRIC Value Award Ceremony “2020 Chinese Companies Contributing to Better Living” awarded by Leju Finance Research Institute at the 2020 Leju Finance Annual Convention “2019 Most Influential Brand in the Decentralized Long-term Apartment Rental Industry” at the 2019-2020 China Real Estate MBI Award Ceremony and Summit “2019 China Property Awards – Star Apartment” recognized by 58.com and Anjuke at the 2019 China Property Awards Ceremony in the Pre-owned Housing Segment

Danke won the “2020 Most Loved Apartment Operator by Tenants” award at the 9th annual BRIC Value Awards Ceremony and Forum for its unique business model, high-quality products and service offerings for residents. The event was hosted in Shanghai on September 18 by the Chinese Real Estate Industry Association and China Real Estate Finance Magazine. The BRIC Forum was launched in 2012 and has been held for nine consecutive years. It is one of the most professional and influential forums in China’s real estate finance industry, with over 1,000 institutions and more than 50,000 industry professionals participating since its inception.

On August 26, Danke was recognized as one of the “2020 Chinese Companies Contributing to Better Living” at the 2020 Leju Finance Annual Convention in Shanghai. The Leju Finance Research Institute is an online platform that provides information and news on the real estate industry, including updates on the financial performance of real estate developer. The award recognized outstanding companies that strive to build a better life for people, based on five core values: quality, wisdom, harmony, health, and responsibility.

On July 23, Danke was awarded the “2019 Most Influential Brand in the Decentralized Long-term Apartment Rental Industry” by Meadin.com, China’s leading commercial real estate site and its economic research firm, Meadin Academy, at the 2019-2020 China Real Estate MBI Award Ceremony and Summit in Shanghai. The award was given based on the results of real-time data monitoring of the Meadin Brand Index (MBI) over the past year. Meadin Brand Index (MBI) is released by Meadin Academy, providing index data that reflects the brand influence for a period of time. In the Co-living Platform MBI Ranking List, Danke topped the list with the highest MBI for 27 consecutive months. Notably, Mr. Yan Cui, co-founder of the company, was recognized as one of the “Most Influential Figures in the Decentralized Long-term Apartment Rental Industry” in 2019. Danke’s win was an affirmation of its outstanding business development and its brand influence in China.

Last but not least, Danke was recognized as the “2019 China Property Awards – Star Apartment” for the Pre-owned Housing Segment at the 2019 China Property Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony was organized by 58.com, the operator of China’s largest online marketplace serving local merchants and consumers, and Anjuke, a major online real estate listing platform in China, in Beijing on January 8, 2020. Danke’s innovative business model was highly affirmed by the event organizers and industry professionals.

These four industry awards highlight Danke’s innovative business model, high-quality products and service offerings, growing market presence and brand influence. Danke pioneered an innovative “new rental” business model featuring centralization, standardization and online experience. Danke centralizes the operation of apartments sourced from property owners, and provides apartment units with standardized design, renovation and furnishing to residents, along with high-quality, reliable one-stop accommodation services. Empowered by technologies and based on a self-developed big data commercial intelligent system, Danke enables a seamless online experience for both property owners and residents.

To offer a more refined, stylish, functional, comfortable, safe, and eco-friendly living environment for residents, Danke recently introduced Danke Apartment 5.0, an upgraded set of standardized interior design styles for its newly sourced apartments. The new design styles incorporate suggestions collected from Danke residents and are applied to layout, furniture colors, and other interior details to meet the needs of residents and to ensure apartments with the best quality possible.

Danke offers high-quality one-stop services to residents, including regular cleaning of common spaces, repair and maintenance, Wi-Fi as well as a 24/7 resident hotline. Danke has built the largest in-house cleaning and maintenance services team in China, which allows it to respond rapidly, and provide superior services and hassle-free living experiences to our residents.

Since its inception in 2015, Danke has always focused on its mission to help people live better. As a leading co-living platform in China, Danke leverages its data, technology and apartment network to create a vibrant and expanding ecosystem to connect and benefit property owners, residents and third-party service providers.


Danke, one of the largest co-living platforms in China with the fastest growth, is redefining the residential rental market through technology and is dedicated to helping people live better. Empowered by data, technology, and a large-scale apartment network, Danke’s vibrant and expanding ecosystem connects and benefits property owners, residents, and third-party service providers, and delivers quality and best-in-class services through an innovative “new rental” business model featuring centralization, standardization, and a seamless online experience. Danke was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Beijing, China. For more information, please visit ir.danke.com.


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The 11 best TV shows to watch on Disney Plus – CNET

If you’ve binged The Mandalorian and are on the hunt for your next big Disney Plus addiction, here are a few live-action gems to check out.

If you’ve binged The Mandalorian and are on the hunt for your next big Disney Plus addiction, here are a few live-action gems to check out.

Comedies like Lizzie McGuire are a must, along with more from the sci-fi, superhero world, including Marvel’s Agent Carter and lesser-known gem So Weird.

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If you’re into fairy tales reimagined for a modern day setting, Once Upon a Time is a long-running series covering a huge range of classics. And Frozen! Set in a seaside town with a forest not far away, the story follows Emma Swan and her 10-year-old son. They encounter magical objects, like a Narnia-repping wardrobe, and live-action characters like Snow White, Prince Charming and the Evil Queen, who were transported to the real world. It’s up to Emma to help them break a curse that stole their memories. Charming, grab-your-tea-and-a-blanket stuff.

Agent Carter

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Criminally short at two seasons, Marvel’s Agent Carter gave the whip-smart Peggy Carter a chance to showcase her action-hero side. Set after her love Steve Rogers sacrifices himself at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, the series focuses on Peggy’s adventurous life in 1940s New York, where she takes on a slightly dangerous gig helping out genius scientist Howard Stark and his butler Jarvis. Hayley Atwell channels a sense of cheeky fun in this stylish Marvel TV gem.

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Smart Guy

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Sliding sweet nostalgia across the table, this late ’90s sitcom also stars one of the coolest, cutest child actors. Tahj Mowry plays boy genius T.J. Henderson, managing to pull off being a likeable know-it-all. Aside from the comedy, T.J.’s heart-to-hearts with his single dad are tear-jerking. It’s a little dated, but it’s one of the best sitcoms starring a young Black actor.

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Six super-powered teens team up to fight against their criminal parents — that’s the intriguing premise of Marvel’s Runaways. Eventually the team does some running, escaping their parents as well as Morgan le Fay and other villains. Despite its occasional reliance on standard superhero storytelling, this strong ensemble will grow on you, along with the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe references and general exciting action. If you’re a fan of the comics, you’ll be satisfied.

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Boy Meets World

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If you missed this classic sitcom in the early ’90s, it’s time to hit it up on Disney Plus. Chronicling the life of middle schooler Cory Matthews, Boy Meets World ran for seven seasons, depicting realistic characters and relationships that branch and blossom into lessons about real life. For a nuanced sitcom that features some of the best ’90s curtained hairstyles, Boy Meets World is a must.

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The Mandalorian

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The show that launched Baby Yoda into the pop culture stratosphere built its foundations on a base of bountiful action and rich space Western visuals. The titular lone bounty hunter finds his soft side as he protects his precious green alien baby from those on his tail. For polished episodic storytelling in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian is bang on.

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Lizzie McGuire

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This Disney Channel classic might be coming back for a sequel series, but in the meantime enjoy the original wholesome misadventures of teenager Lizzie McGuire and her friends Miranda and Gordo. With creative soliloquies from a cartoon version of Lizzie, the show allows you to peek inside its hero’s brain as she finds her identity and grows up.

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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If its shaky first season lost you, it might be time to give Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. another go on Disney Plus (available in the UK and Australia; arriving after August for the US). Finding its feet by the second season and growing from there, the series is character-focused storytelling set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and cocreated by Joss Whedon. A super cast, including Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennett, take on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s enemies, from Hydra to the Kree.

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Even Stevens

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See where it all began for Shia LaBeouf in Even Stevens. The comedy hinges on the dynamic between siblings Louis (LaBeouf) and Ren (Christy Carlson Romano): Louis is the carefree mischief maker; Ren the A-grade overachiever. Delivered with superb comic timing, this is quintessential family comedy that lets you marvel at LaBeouf’s natural talent in front of the camera.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

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With Disney Plus’ National Geographic content comes Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the documentary series updates the ’80s milestone of scientific documentaries. Stunning CGI aids the storytelling approach to humanity’s triumphs and mistakes in science.

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So Weird

Disney Plus

A Disney Channel show with The X-Files comparisons? This late-’90s gem is definitely worth checking out. So Weird stands apart from other Disney Channel shows of the time with its dark tone and intricate narrative. It follows teenager Fiona as she tours with her rock-star mom and encounters paranormal activity on the way. With original music and a cult following, So Weird should be on your radar.

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Luna, a Ring camera drone, new Alexa features: Everything Amazon announced this fall – CNET

Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service, along with the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products.

Amazon surprised us at its Fall Devices and Services event with its new Luna cloud-gaming service, along with the expected updates to its line of Echo, Fire TV and Ring products. The event helps Amazon generate buzz as we roll into the holiday shopping season, and for the first time, Prime Day. (The annual sale is usually held in July, but this year it is slated to start on Oct. 13.) That means putting Alexa everywhere — inside homes and out — and addressing privacy concerns, which were big storylines in 2019 for both Ring and Alexa. In today’s life-at-home existence, with millions of us hunkered down for the long haul, the connected house concepts that Amazon has been developing for years have become more relevant than ever.

The company’s Echo and Fire TV products will be its first to earn sustainability badges, and it’s working on reducing power consumption across devices with a new low-power mode and an energy dashboard integrated with Alexa. Amazon also pledged to build solar and wind farms to generate energy to match the consumption of all its devices.

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Amazon Luna

A new cloud gaming service starting at $6 per month


The company launched a cloud-gaming service on top of Amazon Web Services that runs on PCs, Fire TVs and even iOS. There’s a Luna Plus game channel with a curated set of games, and Amazon is partnering with publisher Ubisoft for Day 1 availability of some of them.

It has a custom $50 controller that connects directly to the cloud rather than the local device.

Read more: Amazon gets into game streaming with Luna

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Luna Controller: $50

The controller for Amazon’s new cloud gaming service


This is the custom controller that connects directly to the cloud, which Amazon says reduces roundtrip latency by 17 milliseconds to 30 ms, compared to a controller connected via Bluetooth to a PC, Mac or Fire TV.

$50 at Amazon

Echo 4th gen: $100

The new spherical Echo speaker arrives Oct. 22

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Redesigned with a new spherical shape and able to adapt to the acoustics of the room, the fourth-gen Echo incorporates features formerly in the Echo Plus. It’s also a bridge to Amazon’s Sidewalk network and includes neural network technology to accelerate Alexa.

Read more: Amazon announces a new spherical Echo smart speaker

$100 at Amazon

Echo Dot 4th gen: $50

Amazon’s entry-level speaker gets a 2020 makeover, too

It gets the same redesign as the spherical Echo, but now sports a stylish fabric cover and a better speaker.

$50 at Amazon

Echo Dot Kids Edition: $60

Some fun speaker designs for the kids


Also spherical, with some kid-friendly features, the Kids Edition includes voice profiles for the children and Sidekick, which lets Alexa read to them.

$60 at Amazon

Echo Dot with Clock: $60

The new Dot — with a built-in digital display


A $10 premium over the standard Dot gets you a built-in clock.

Read more:Amazon announces revamped Echo Dot with Clock speaker

$60 at Amazon

Echo Show 10: $250

Totally new smart display can pivot and follow your movements around the room


It now has Zigbee and Sidewalk hubs, and is quiet when it pivots in your direction. For privacy, there’s a built-in camera shutter, and all Echo devices will have a command to review privacy settings and “delete everything I’ve ever said.” It will also support Hulu, Netflix and Prime Video.

Read more:Amazon announces the Echo Show 10

$250 at Amazon

Eero 6: Starts at $129

Amazon’s next-gen mesh router


Amazon’s mesh network gets an upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 and Zigbee support. It’s available for preorder now.

Read more: Amazon unveils new Eero mesh routers that support Wi-Fi 6

$129 at Amazon

Eero Pro 6: Starts at $229

More bandwidth


The Pro 6 is basically the same as the Eero 6, but designed to handle higher bandwidth — up to gigabit, as opposed to 500Mbps — connections.

$229 at Amazon

Ring Car products: $60-$200

Three new car-centric Ring products
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Ring’s $200 Ring Car Cam will help users document traffic stops, collisions and other road events.

Debuting with Tesla, the $200 Connect uses a vehicle’s built-in external cameras to capture video in the event that something happens to the car while driving or parked.

Lastly, Ring’s $60 Car Alarm plugs into your car’s onboard diagnostic port and uses sound and accelerometer sensors to monitor the vehicle for bumps, break-ins, tows or other events.

There are no product pages on Amazon yet but we’ll add them here when they arrive.

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Ring Always Home Cam: $250

A home sentry drone. Really

An autonomous camera that can fly within your home on a preprogrammed route or fly to a motion detection area.

There is no product page on Amazon yet but we’ll add it here when it arrives.

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Ring Mailbox Sensor: $30

A motion sensor for your mailbox

Ring’s $30 mailbox sensor will let you know if someone’s tampering with your mail or stealing parcels. Preorders start Oct. 8.

Read more: Ring’s Mailbox Sensor lets you know if someone’s messing with your mail

Fire TV Stick 2020: $40

Improved video streamer, with TV power and volume control


It’s more powerful than before, with a faster interface, 1080p HDR and Dolby Atmos support, but it uses less power. (If you want 4K, you still need to spend up for the $50 Fire TV Stick 4K.)

Read more:Fire TV Stick Lite streamer costs $30 basic version, $40 for the one with the better remote

$40 at Amazon

Fire TV Stick Lite: $30

Basic HD streaming at a lower price


It’s similar to the all-new Fire TV Stick, but lacks the integrated TV controls on the remote.

$30 at Amazon

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High-speed internet service has become as crucial as electricity or water in today’s world. It’s the gateway for everything from education to news, dating, dining and all manner of entertainment, including gaming, music and what we used to call “TV.

High-speed internet service has become as crucial as electricity or water in today’s world. It’s the gateway for everything from education to news, dating, dining and all manner of entertainment, including gaming, music and what we used to call “TV.” For most Americans, a reliable and high-speed internet connection is now a mandatory part of both work and family life.

Since so much of our lives is tied up in our ability to access the world wide web, internet speed is more important today than ever before. At 18.7 megabits per second, the US has the 10th highest average internet speeds in the world, according to a 2017 report (see PDF). But high-speed internet isn’t yet universally available in the US: Roughly 7% of the population, or 19 million Americans, can’t access high speed internet or unlimited data because they still don’t have access to a broadband provider, according to the FCC.

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And we can’t even agree on the scale of the problem. A more recent survey from research firm NPD Group puts the estimate much higher: It says that 100 million Americans don’t have access to speeds of 25Mbps or faster. Internet options, upload speed, download speed and more are greatly limited by location.

That said, the majority of Americans do have access to at least some type of high-speed service from their internet service provider (which is often the same as their cable TV and phone service provider). Most often, it’s cable, internet or a digital subscriber line connection, commonly known as DSL. If you’re lucky, it’s fiber, which offers the faster speed. If you’re less fortunate, it’s a satellite or fixed LTE connection. As a last resort for those in far-flung rural and remote regions, there’s dial-up internet access, but that does not offer fast speeds. And now internet service providers offering 5G options are beginning to pop up. Here’s how the different types of internet services rank in order of fastest internet to slowest:

There are many variables involved in choosing an internet service provider and internet packages. And, further complicating things, those variables — internet speeds, cost, reliability and customer service — may vary from place to place. Further, it may be bundled with your phone and TV provider. And, even if the service provider is identical, the experience may not be: The Comcast experience in Oakland may be wholly different from that of Comcast Atlanta, just as the McDonald’s in your hometown may offer a different experience to the one in mine, even though they both serve the same menu.

As such, instead of trying to recommend the best internet provider for you based on national download speeds or pricing, we’re taking a different tack. We’re letting WhistleOut, a comparison shopping provider, handle the heavy lifting as far as speeds and pricing for vendors in your area (see below). And we’ve devoted our time to mapping out the pros and cons of the technologies in question, along with some general buying advice, which we update periodically.

Fiber Typical bandwidth: download 50-1,000MbpsAverage service price range: $50-$100 a month

Fiber-optic cables make up the backbone of the global telecommunications system, serving as the main connective pathways for most of the world’s internet, TV and telephone services. Until recently, fiber optics were used exclusively to connect cities and countries. But during the past decade or so, some providers in a few cities have begun to extend fiber optics to individual homes and businesses.

Fiber-optic internet service delivers the fastest and most reliable internet connection, with download speeds and upload speeds that can reach up to 1 gigabit per second. That’s orders of magnitude faster than the typical cable or DSL connection. Unfortunately, unless you live in a major metropolitan area in the US, a fiber-optic network is probably not a viable option for you in the near term. About 25% of the US population currently has access to it.

If you do live in a place with support for fiber internet, you’re in luck. Fiber-optic broadband offers everything you want in an internet connection: symmetrical speed — which means equivalent performance whether you’re downloading or uploading; reliability; robust signal strength; and super-low latency. And though the main fiber line may be split among homes or businesses, customers are unlikely to experience the kind of speed drags common to other types of shared connections during peak hours of use. Whether you’re streaming video, uploading large files to the cloud or playing the newest online games, a fiber connection will deliver speedy, consistent performance with nearly imperceptible lag.

Fiber pros:

Extremely fast download speeds, low latency, reliable service
No data caps
The best option for data-intensive applications like streaming video and gaming

Fiber cons:

Requires professional installationFewer providersVery limited availability

The big telecoms like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon continue to expand their fiber infrastructure throughout the US. And other companies are also getting into the business; Google Fiber is available to residents of Atlanta, Charlotte, Kansas City and a handful of other cities. But the great fiber rollout, which has been saddled with a variety of technical problems, is expected to inch along for years.

Cable Typical bandwidth: download 25-200MbpsAverage service price range: $50-$150 a month

Cable generally delivers faster speeds than any other type of internet service except for fiber, making it a solid option for high-bandwidth activities like streaming video and music, gaming and downloading (or uploading) big files. It’s delivered on the same physical line as cable TV service — and some providers offer discounts when you sign up for both. Though it’s available throughout most of the US, the cable internet market is generally an oligopoly (at best), with two big companies dominating most states or regions, or (at worst) a monopoly, with just one licensed service provider. This can lead to high prices, lousy service and the existential anguish of supporting a company you despise.

Cable pros:

Dedicated, standalone, always-on connectionFaster and more reliable than DSL, satellite or dial-up internetGood for data-intensive applications like streaming video and online gaming

Cable cons:

Neighborhoods share bandwidth, so heavy use by others may impede connection speeds during peak hoursInstallation fees and monthly service can be expensiveNot available everywhere

Most cable companies charge between $50 and $150 per month for service, depending on where you live and the tier of service you choose. I pay $65 per month for Spectrum’s standard cable internet service which offers speeds “starting at 100Mbps.” In reality, I get about 45Mbps for download speeds and 10Mbps when uploading on Wi-Fi (and closer to 65Mbps and 10Mbps when connected directly to the router). As with every type of internet service — and every service provider — your own mileage will vary.

On the plus side, cable internet service generally doesn’t have data caps — meaning that you can suck up as much bandwidth as you like without being subject to the overage fees that plague other types of internet service. And a tip: Given that many providers charge an additional fee to rent a combination modem/router, you may be able to save a few bucks, and possibly improve your speeds and performance, by purchasing your own router.

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Dial-up Typical bandwidth: download 40-50Kbps (that’s kilobits per second)Average service price range: $5-$20 a month

At this point, there aren’t many reasons to recommend dial-up internet access. Fewer and fewer providers offer it and it’s become the option of last resort for only the most rural and remote regions. On the upside, the one prerequisite for dial-up is access to phone service — if you have a landline phone connection, you can access the internet.

Dial-up pros:

InexpensiveRuns on a telephone landlineMultiple providersWidely available

Dial-up cons:

Some plans limit the number of hours you can be onlineExtremely slow download speeds and upload speedsYou can’t use the phone and internet at the same time (unless you have multiple lines)Requires a landline

But — as those of a certain age will remember from the early days of AOL, Prodigy and their dial-up contemporaries — the connection is extremely… excruciatingly… devastatingly slow. Nowhere fast enough to do anything but load a simple webpage or send an email.

A handful of providers — including NetZero, EarthLink, and Juno — continue to offer dial-up access, and the biggest name in the dial-up game, AOL, offers a range of plans. The monthly price of the entry-level service is just $4.99 and offers five hours of connectivity. The top-tier internet plan, which costs $19.99 per month, offers unlimited access.

DSL Typical bandwidth: download 5-45MbpsAverage service price range: $40-$80 a month

Technically, DSL is considered broadband internet. And though DSL may be considerably faster than dial-up, it’s also considerably slower than what you can expect to get from a cable connection. It’s sufficient for basic productivity tasks like browsing the web and sending emails but not quick enough for data-intensive tasks like streaming video or online gaming.

DSL pros:

Widely availableMultiple providersRelatively inexpensiveBandwidth is dedicated, rather than shared with neighbors

DSL cons:

Low connection speeds, especially for uploading dataSpeed and performance is dependent on proximity to your internet service providerLike telephone service, prone to disruption by weather

DSL is widely available, however, given that it runs on telephone infrastructure. And although it runs on landlines, the internet signal is transmitted at a higher frequency, so you can connect to the web and talk on the phone simultaneously.

Note that there are two kinds of DSL connections: symmetrical, which offers equivalent speeds for downloading and uploading data; and asymmetrical, which gives you faster download speeds — which represents the lion’s share of most peoples’ internet activity — than uploading.

Fixed wireless LTE Typical bandwidth: 5-10MbpsAverage service price range: $50-$85 a month

Fixed LTE internet service is transmitted from the same wireless towers that enable LTE cell phone communication. More common in rural areas that don’t have reliable cable internet service but are well-populated by cell towers, fixed wireless LTE service requires you to have a special antenna installed on or around your home.

Fixed wireless LTE pros:

Provides decent broadband internet service in rural and remote regionsDoesn’t require wires or cables infrastructure connected to the home

Fixed wireless LTE cons:

Requires professional antenna installation and setupPhysical and geographic obstructions may mitigate speedMay be expensive and/or require a multiyear service contractOften subject to data caps and/or high overage feesHigher latency times than faster-wired service like cable and fiber

Eventually, the next generation of wireless internet, 5G, will come to some fixed wireless networks. (More on that below.) But 5G and fixed wireless are not synonymous. Not all fixed wireless networks support 5G. And not every 5G network is necessarily a fixed wireless one.

At the moment, fixed LTE can be one of the most expensive types of internet service because it usually comes with caps on the amount of data you can download each month; extra charges will follow if you exceed your allowance. For example, one of AT&T’s fixed LTE service plans costs $50 a month for 215GB of data — plus an extra $10 for each additional 50GB increment. Likewise, the monthly price for Verizon’s entry-level internet plan is $80 a month (including a $10 monthly access fee) for 8GB of data plus $15 for every additional 1GB of data.

SatelliteTypical bandwidth: download 10-30MbpsAverage service price range: $50-$150 a month

How about an internet connection beamed from space? Satellite internet service is just what it sounds like: a dish positioned on or around your home sends and receives signals from a service provider’s hub via a satellite orbiting the earth. Most satellite internet providers, such as Viasat or HughesNet, rely on a handful of large satellites in geostationary orbit located roughly 22,000 miles above Earth.

Satellite pros:

Widely available, even in rural and remote locationsMultiple providers usually results in competitive pricing

Satellite cons:

Requires the installation of a satellite dish on or around your homeMay be expensive and/or require a multiyear service contractData caps can result in expensive overage fees or slower speedsLaggy and prone to disruption

Though a satellite internet connection is usually faster than a dial-up one, it’s not always robust enough for modern applications. Latency can be a serious issue, and streaming video and gaming may be impossible when data is beamed out to space and back over and over.

It’s worth noting that Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, is currently building and launching a new network of 12,000 satellites to deliver commercial satellite internet access. But it’s probably too early to hold out until it’s finished; Musk doesn’t expect the service to be up and running until sometime around the middle of the next decade.

New but not yet widely available: 5G Typical bandwidth: 250-4,000MbpsAverage service price range: To be determined

The next generation of cellular technology — the fifth generation, hence 5G — promises to usher in a new era of internet access, first on mobile phones and then in the home, with dramatic improvements in network speed, coverage, and responsiveness. CNET has already tested early 5G speeds in multiple cities around the world, from Los Angeles to Seoul. And though it’s currently far from perfect, its potential is clear and may well be worth the wait.

For example: Verizon’s network, in some areas, has shown speeds exceeding 1 gigabit per second — that’s 10 to 100 times speedier than your typical cellular connection. That’s even faster than the speed delivered by a physical fiber-optic connection to your house. And it’s not just the speed: 5G networks have extremely low latency — so there’s virtually no pause between when you click the link and when the website or video loads. Sounds good, eh?

5G pros:

High speeds, low latencyDedicated bandwidth (no sharing with neighbors), no data capsGreat for data-intensive applications like streaming video and gaming

5G cons:

Nationwide rollout ongoingUntested technologyQuestionable signal strength

As with the earlier generations of broadband, however, it will take years for 5G to replace 4G. The new network will come first to the next generation of high-end phones. In the future, carriers will extend the broadband offering to home and business internet users. But first, installers will have to deploy special high-speed broadband equipment that can pick up the 5G signals and turn that into a Wi-Fi connection in the home or business so your other multiple devices can access the high speed. (Note that 5G and fixed wireless are not synonymous. Not all fixed wireless networks support 5G. And not every 5G network is necessarily a fixed wireless one.)

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Verizon’s 5G broadband service will cost $50 for wireless subscribers, and $70 for everyone else — more or less in line with other broadband services. (You can find out if you’re eligible for its broadband here.) AT&T’s mobile 5G service will be free for “select” customers for the first 90 days. After that, the company will charge $499 for special 5G wifi hotspots — plus $70 per month for a broadband plan with a 15GB data cap.

For now, the rollout continues.

Tips for selecting an internet service provider Consult your neighbors: Ask which service and providers other people in your area are using (and avoiding).When possible, buy your own modem/router: Many providers charge an additional fee to rent a combination modem/router and you may be able to save a few bucks (and possibly improve your speed and performance) with a newer, better router that you own. Watch out for price spikes after “special offers” expire: Many providers offer introductory monthly pricing for the first 12 months; the price you’ll pay after that is the real price of your service. Watch out for data caps: Exceeding your plan’s monthly data download threshold can result in pricey overage fees.Haggle your way to a lower bill: If there are multiple providers in your area, you may be able to use an alternative provider’s offer to lower the price of your current monthly service. Consider cutting the cord for additional savings: Check out CNET’s list of best live TV streaming services.

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Other things to consider when it comes to internet service

The slowest part of your home network system — including the modem, the router, the device you’re using (e.g. set-top box, laptop, phone) and your service provider — will ultimately dictate the speed and strength of your connection. A superfast router won’t help a laptop with ancient networking hardware, and sluggish internet service will hinder all of your activities online — from streaming services like Netflix and Spotify to browsing the web to sending emails.

In addition to whichever type of service you choose, there are a bunch of other factors dictating the quality and speed of your internet connection. As such, when a company advertises “speeds starting at X Mbps,” that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll consistently get that speed.

Your neighbors’ Wi-Fi, older devices, walls, floors, and even your microwave can affect your Wi-Fi signal. Most internet service providers offer a modem/router combo that you can rent, but you can also purchase your own router, add an extender if you need additional coverage, or try a whole-home mesh Wi-Fi system. Even if you don’t know anything about networking, you can adjust some settings to improve performance when you run into trouble.

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Correction, July 30, 2019: Corrects the use of megabits per second (Mbps), clarifies the nature of shared fiber-optic cables.


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