News of Note—Starks’ FCC nomination moves ahead, China Unicom’s deal with Huawei and more

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The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved Geoffrey Starks' FCC nomination. (Pixabay)

Here are some other stories we’re following:

> The Senate Commerce Committee unanimously approved Geoffrey Starks' FCC nomination on a voice vote; he must still be confirmed by the full Senate. Wireless Week article

> China Unicom and Huawei signed a 5G strategic partnership agreement during Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018. RCR Wireless article

> Low-power wide-area (networks for the IoT are growing, but proponents say that there’s still plenty of technical work to do on the leading options, LoRa and NB-IoT. EE Times article

> Nokia, China Telecom and Intel announced plans to conduct a demo of virtual reality gaming at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2018. Release

> Apple and Samsung settled their seven-year fight over copyrights related to the iPhone. Verge article

> In a new promotion targeted at members of the U.S. military, Verizon is offering a $40 discount on its unlimited plans alongside $200 for each new smartphone line activated. Post

> AT&T isn’t positioning 5G for the internet of things market, at least not yet. NBR article

> OnePlus said it hopes to sell 5G phones to U.S. carriers. PCMag article

> Google invested $22 million into KaiOS, which is building a lightweight mobile operating system. PhoneScoop article

> Panasonic said it is joining AT&T’s FirstNet Dealer Program. Release

> Aricent announced support for the Intel FlexRAN reference architecture for its software framework for developing 4G and 5G wireless network solutions. Release