Qualified 600 MHz Auction Bidders Include 28 Companies with Rural Wireless Bidding Credits

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Twenty-eight companies with rural wireless bidding credits are on the FCC’s list of approved bidders for the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. As expected, three of the four major national wireless carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon but not Sprint – are on the approved bidder list. U.S. Cellular,...Learn More

Strong Industry Support for Obama $400 Million Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

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Four city-wide initiatives will be a key part of President Obama’s Advanced Wireless Research Initiative (AWRI), announced today. The initiative, which has the support of numerous communications companies and communications industry organizations, aims to spur the development of technology to support fifth generation wireless networks. The move came just one day after the FCC voted...Learn More

USDA Funds 81 Rural Distance Learning and Telemedicine Projects

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)  announced it is funding 81 Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) projects in 32 states in order to improve healthcare services and extend distance learning programs in rural areas. A total $23.4 million of funding will come in the form of grants to support 45 distance learning and 36 telemedicine...Learn More

Wireless Mobile Phone Charging Survey Finds Four in 10 Have Used It

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More than eight in 10 consumers have heard of wireless charging on mobile phones and one in four have used it, according to a wireless mobile phone charging survey from IHS Markit. Awareness has continued to rise over the past 12 months in the U.S., U.K. and China, with overall awareness increasing from 36% in...Learn More

IaaS Revenues Forecast to More than Triple to $43.6 Billion by 2020

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The public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market is booming, according to new market research from IDC. Nearly 2/3 of more than 6,000 IT organizations surveyed are already using or planning to use public cloud IaaS by the end of the year, according to the IDC IaaS revenues forecast. Ongoing growth will result in public cloud IaaS...Learn More

AT&T Drones for LTE Program Hopes to Enhance LTE Coverage

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AT&T is getting serious about drones for LTE, which the company anticipates making part of its telecom infrastructure in the future. The company this week launched the AT&T Drone Program aimed at exploring how drones could benefit the company and its customers. “Possible uses include Flying COWs (Cells on Wings) providing LTE coverage at large...Learn More

Traditional Phone Service Phase Out Rules Adopted by FCC with Demanding Requirements

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After years of debate, the telecom industry’s technology transition is finally underway, dictating a traditional phone service phase out plan. The commission today voted to adopt rules designed to transition “switched access” service in FCC parlance to more modern technology. In establishing new rules, however, the commission imposed some demanding requirements. For example, any replacement...Learn More

FCC: No Changes to Retransmission Consent Rules Needed, More Blackouts to Come?

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Video operators looking to the FCC to change retransmission consent rules received bad news today. According to a blog post by FCC Chairman Wheeler, no rules changes are needed. That’s somewhat of a victory for broadcasters who held the position that the current rules are working fine. Retransmission consent disputes are some of the most...Learn More

Speculation of a Level 3 Sale is on the Rise

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Speculation of a possible Level 3 sale drove the stock price (NYSE: LVLT) of the network operator up by almost 4% yesterday, with three times the normal trading volume. An investor newsletter suggested that Level 3 is exploring strategic options, including a sale of the company. Possible suitors include Comcast and Alphabet/Google. Level 3’s assets,...Learn More

Video Cord Cutting Survey: 25% of U.S. TV Households Forgo Pay-TV

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U.S. TV households are increasingly relying on over-the-air broadcast TV and over-the-top (OTT) Internet video services, according to a video cord cutting survey from GfK. No less than one-quarter have chosen to forgo cable or satellite pay-TV services. According to the GfK Home Technology Monitor 2016 Ownership and Trend Report the percentage of U.S. TV...Learn More

SDN Consortium Pursues Interoperability Testing with UNH-IOL

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The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory’s (UNH-IOL) efforts to support industry-wide software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) standards and boost commercial adoption moved a step forward today with the announcement of the August 1 launch of the SDN Consortium. Making use of UNH-IOL’s facilities and associated professional services, the idea is for...Learn More

Senate Broadband Caucus Aims to Improve Rural Broadband

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Senators from rural states are taking a lot of interest in broadband these days. Just one day after a group of 26 senators  sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking him to take action on a Universal Service broadband mobility fund some of the same senators yesterday launched what they are calling the...Learn More