Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile dominate $81 billion 5G spectrum auction

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile dominate $81 billion 5G spectrum auction

Verizon bids more than $45 billion for licenses of the valuable midband spectrum in the C band auction to build its 5G network.

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T-Mobile's $60 Home Internet service, powered by 5G, expands nationwide

T-Mobile's $60 Home Internet service, powered by 5G, expands nationwide

The service will fall back to 4G at times, but offers consumers another choice in service.

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AT&T's 5G network will be getting a boost later this year

AT&T's 5G network will be getting a boost later this year

5G improvements are coming, though AT&T's deployment won't be as quick as some of its rivals.

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As COVID-19 ravages the world, closing the digital divide is more critical than ever

As COVID-19 ravages the world, closing the digital divide is more critical than ever

CNET is continuing its series that looks at why the broadband gap persists and how we go about closing it.

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A CNET 2021 panel: Searching for 5G solutions to the coronavirus mess

A CNET 2021 panel: Searching for 5G solutions to the coronavirus mess

As part of CES 2021, the panel dives into how 5G can help address the problems exposed by the global pandemic.

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Everything you need to know about the wireless revolution

Everything you need to know about the wireless revolution

A big boost in speed and responsiveness is just the tip of the iceberg for the next-generation cellular technology being rolled out now.

Is 5G safe? Those new phones have some people worried

Is 5G safe? Those new phones have some people worried

But it’s complicated. Here's everything you need to know about 5G and your health.

5G made simple

5G made simple

The bottom line on the biggest thing in cellular data.

WHAT IS 5G?

5G is the next generation of wireless networks and promises a mobile experience that's 10x to 100x faster than today's 4G networks.

We say the word promise because we're in the early days of 5G. When more smartphones and networks support 5G tech, it will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, from the cars we drive (or that drive us) to the food we eat to the safety of our roads to the ways we shop to the entertainment we share with family and friends. And that doesn't include things we haven't yet imagined because we've never had the capability to unlock those new scenarios.

Today, 5G may seem confusing even as it's widely hyped. We're here to help you sort fact from fiction, weed through the acronyms and jargon, and figure out when and how 5G can change the way you live. And we'll keep you from getting caught up in hyperbole -- and empty promises.