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AT&T plans to use cell towers to bring internet access to thousands in rural South Carolina 0

AT&T plans to use cell towers to bring internet access to thousands in rural South Carolina

AT&T is planning to use cell towers across South Carolina to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas where internet access is slow to nonexistent. The telecom giant says it’s in the process of installing antennas capable of connecting thousands of people in sparsely populated corners of the state. Roughly 12,000 homes and businesses will have access to the new service by the end of the year.

The work covers some 20 counties in South Carolina under a Federal Communications Commission initiative to boost access in underserved areas. Company spokesman Daniel Hayes declined to say which areas would get service. AT&T is receiving $9.7 million a year from the government in return for connecting more than 30,000 customers here by the end of 2020.

Nationwide, the company is getting almost $428 million a year to extend access to 1.1 million customers in 18 states, the FCC says 1 . The federal subsidy, which was announced in 2015, is meant to boost investment in high-cost areas, where long distances and low density typically keep telecom companies away. In South Carolina, 38 percent of people in rural areas — nearly 605,000 in all — don’t have access to high-speed internet, FCC records show 2 , compared with 8 percent in urban areas.

The subsidized areas lack download speeds above 3 megabits per second, which is roughly equivalent to a DSL connection. Under the FCC program, they’ll be guaranteed a minimum of 10 Mbps, which is still slow by modern standards. Hayes said AT&T’s early tests have “easily” met that mark.

Hayes says the service will cost $60 a month, plus a one-time installation fee of $99, but discounts will be available for customers who buy other AT&T services. AT&T’s plan is to rely on its existing infrastructure and avoid laying new fiber by beaming signals from the cell towers it already has, a model known as fixed wireless. “Because of the wireless aspect of it and the greater ability to deliver that last-mile connection, it does help to overcome any obstacles that may be in the cost equation,” Hayes said. “This initial build, with it being infrastructure that we have in place with these towers, that comes from years of investment.” The idea is similar to satellite internet, with a receiver the size of a laptop installed outside. Unlike a signal beamed down from space, however, fixed wireless customers will need a clear line of sight to a tower, and they’ll need to be within a few miles.

Fixed wireless has emerged as a promising solution to the problem of the U.S.’s disconnected communities since it’s far cheaper than laying fiber cables that reach every home in America. The model is common in Western states, but it hasn’t been tried extensively in the Palmetto State. South Carolina has the third-lowest fixed wireless coverage in the country, ahead of only New Jersey and Hawaii, according to the research firm BroadbandNow 3 .

But it’s likely to spread, said Jim Stritzinger, the executive director of Connect South Carolina, which studies the state’s broadband networks.

Fixed wireless transmitters have become more effective and cheaper to install in recent years, making it a more practical solution. “It hasn’t been the technology of choice in South Carolina until recently,”Stritzinger said. “The cost of it has come way down, and the capability has gone way up.

The economics of fixed wireless have really changed in the last couple of years.” References ^ FCC says (apps.fcc.gov) ^ FCC records show (apps.fcc.gov) ^ BroadbandNow (broadbandnow.com)

Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776): Honing in on the Technicals 0

Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776): Honing in on the Technicals

At the time of writing, Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) has a Piotroski F-Score of 4. The F-Score may help discover companies with strengthening balance sheets. The score may also be used to spot the weak performers.

Joseph Piotroski developed the F-Score which employs nine different variables based on the company financial statement. A single point is assigned to each test that a stock passes. Typically, a stock scoring an 8 or 9 would be seen as strong.

On the other end, a stock with a score from 0-2 would be viewed as weak. Investors are always looking to gain any possible advantage in the stock market. Knowing the various risk and return possibilities for various types of stocks can be critical to positive performance.

Creating a balanced equity portfolio may be the essential first step when thinking about diving into the equity markets. Investors may come from all different types of backgrounds, and they may face completely different situations. Each investor may need to identify their objectives and try to figure out what’s best for their specific situation.

Investors may want to take a conservative approach to the markets. Others will be looking to go in full throttle with a very aggressive plan. Whatever the choice, it is important to note that picking stocks based on previous returns will never guarantee future returns.

Investors have many choices they can make when looking to purchase stocks. Figuring out levels of risk, expectations of returns, and the overall investment time horizon can all play a big part in crafting the initial plan. Turning to Free Cash Flow Growth (FCF Growth), this is the free cash flow of the current year minus the free cash flow from the previous year, divided by last year’s free cash flow.  The FCF Growth of Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) is .  Free cash flow (FCF) is the cash produced by the company minus capital expenditure.  This cash is what a company uses to meet its financial obligations, such as making payments on debt or to pay out dividends.  The Free Cash Flow Score (FCF Score) is a helpful tool in calculating the free cash flow growth with free cash flow stability – this gives investors the overall quality of the free cash flow.   MF Rank The MF Rank (aka the Magic Formula) is a formula that pinpoints a valuable company trading at a good price.

The formula is calculated by looking at companies that have a high earnings yield as well as a high return on invested capital. The MF Rank of Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) is 6241. A company with a low rank is considered a good company to invest in.

The Magic Formula was introduced in a book written by Joel Greenblatt, entitled, “The Little Book that Beats the Market”. The Q.i. Value of Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) is 43.00000.  The Q.i.

Value is a helpful tool in determining if a company is undervalued or not.  The Q.i. Value is calculated using the following ratios: EBITDA Yield, Earnings Yield, FCF Yield, and Liquidity.  The lower the Q.i. value, the more undervalued the company is thought to be.

Value Composite The Value Composite One (VC1) is a method that investors use to determine a company’s value.  The VC1 of Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) is 33.  A company with a value of 0 is thought to be an undervalued company, while a company with a value of 100 is considered an overvalued company.   The VC1 is calculated using the price to book value, price to sales, EBITDA to EV, price to cash flow, and price to earnings.  Similarly, the Value Composite Two (VC2) is calculated with the same ratios, but adds the Shareholder Yield.  The Value Composite Two of Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) is 32. Volatility Stock volatility is a percentage that indicates whether a stock is a desirable purchase.  Investors look at the Volatility 12m to determine if a company has a low volatility percentage or not over the course of a year.  The Volatility 12m of Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) is 35.966100.  This is calculated by taking weekly log normal returns and standard deviation of the share price over one year annualized.   The lower the number, a company is thought to have low volatility.  The Volatility 3m is a similar percentage determined by the daily log normal returns and standard deviation of the share price over 3 months.  The Volatility 3m of Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) is 33.320900.  The Volatility 6m is the same, except measured over the course of six months.  The Volatility 6m is 39.556900. ERP5 Rank The ERP5 Rank is an investment tool that analysts use to discover undervalued companies.

The ERP5 looks at the Price to Book ratio, Earnings Yield, ROIC and 5 year average ROIC. The ERP5 of Broadband Tower, Inc. (JASDAQ:3776) is 5829. The lower the ERP5 rank, the more undervalued a company is thought to be.

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Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review 0

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review

Anker’s PowerCore+ 26800 PD is a high-capacity power bank for charging all your portable gadgets, and with a 30W USB-C output that can include laptops and consoles such as the Apple MacBook and Nintendo Switch (in portable mode). Also see: Best power banks 2017[1][2][3]

Also see: Best Power Bank Deals[4]

If you own either of those devices, you may have been confused by how they charge over USB-C but refuse to charge from any old USB-C charger. That’s because they draw more power than a standard USB-C port can offer.

This is where USB-C Power Delivery (PD) comes in. Without going into too great detail, there are two key things to know about PD: first, it is a single-wire protocol that can deliver up to 100W of power; second, that power can go in either direction.

In essence this means you can charge power-hungry devices such as Apple’s MacBook, but it also means you can fast-charge the power bank itself. Anker claims that with a USB-C PD charger you can refill this bank in 4.5 hours. That a crazy-short amount of time for such a high-capacity device. See all power bank reviews[5]

Unfortunately, if you buy the Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD in the UK a PD charger will not be bundled with the device. It’s already a rather expensive option at £69.99 at Amazon UK[6], but if you want to be able to fast-charge the bank you’ll also need a USB-C PD charger such as this £31.99 Anker 5-Port hub[7] or £25.99 Tronsmart wall charger[8].

If you’re buying the Anker in the US, however, your luck’s in: the PowerCore+ is supplied with a PD charger, and is currently priced at $109.99 (via Amazon.com[9]).

That all sounds fantastic if you have a USB-C laptop or Nintendo Switch, or you want to be able to charge this power bank in a short amount of time, but what does the Anker PowerCore+ offer to other users?

The design is functional but rather basic, a black plastic slab with rounded corners that is heavier than we anticipated at 580g. You certainly won’t want to carry it in a pocket at 180x80x24mm, and you’ll likely feel its presence in a bag. Also see: How to charge your phone’s battery faster [10]

It feels well-built, however, and is supplied with a soft carry case so you can keep it together with any necessary charging cables. Anker ships a USB-C-to-USB-C cable and a USB-to-Micro-USB cable.

It’s very simple to use, with two full-size USB outputs and the aforementioned USB-C PD input/output on one end, plus a button on the top that is integrated with 10 LEDs. A push of the button will light up these LEDs to show how much power remains inside the bank, and is a decent compromise between the standard four-LED system (which is virtually meaningless for high-capacity banks such as this) and the preferred LCD display (which adds to the price).

Despite the button, charging is automatic – you just plug in your phone, tablet, laptop or other device and away it goes. Each of the two full-size USB outputs offer a fast 5V/3A charge, so whichever output you choose you’re going to power up your devices as quickly as is possible. PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technology is also present on these outputs, which means it will recognise your device type and optimise power delivery for it.

Passthrough charging is a useful feature for high-capacity power banks, since they tend to be left overnight to refill and you may not have a spare power outlet for also charging your phone or tablet. The Anker does not support passthrough charging, but its power delivery means you could get enough power to charge your phone in around half an hour and won’t need each battery to be fully charged when you run out the door. Also see: Best USB chargers[11].

With 26,800mAh rated capacity, you can expect a minimum of around 17,500mAh available to power your devices (all lose energy through heat generated and voltage conversion). For most Android phones that’s around seven full charges, or around nine charges for an iPhone (the exact number will depend on your device’s own battery capacity). You’ll get at least one, possibly two, full charges for a laptop or tablet.

There’s no doubt that’s a massive amount of portable power, making the Anker PowerCore+ an excellent fit for those who either have high power needs (laptop users and gamers) or those who are going to be away from mains power for an extended period, perhaps for a camping trip or festival.

Read next: How to improve smartphone battery life[12]

References

  1. ^ Apple MacBook review (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ Nintendo Switch review (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Best power banks 2017 (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ Best Power Bank Deals (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  5. ^ power bank reviews (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  6. ^ Buy Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD UK (amzn.to)
  7. ^ Anker 5-Port hub PD (amzn.to)
  8. ^ Tronsmart wall charger PD (amzn.to)
  9. ^ Buy Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD US (amzn.to)
  10. ^ How to charge your phone’s battery faster (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  11. ^ Best USB chargers (www.techadvisor.co.uk)
  12. ^ How to improve smartphone battery life (www.techadvisor.co.uk)