FCC LTE-U Authorization Paves Way for T-Mobile Gigabit LTE

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The FCC said yesterday that it had authorized some LTE-U devices for use in unlicensed portions of the 5 GHz band. T-Mobile wasted no time in making its own announcement saying it is now deploying LTE-U in its network with the goal of having service...Learn More

Anti-Municipal Broadband Legislation Progresses at State Level

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Anti-municipal broadband bills are currently making their way through legislatures in at least two states, while efforts in a third state to reverse anti-municipal broadband legislation have stalled. In Virginia, the House of Delegates February 7 voted to pass HB 2108. And although the bill...Learn More

RWA: Mobility Fund Phase II Could Leave Some Areas Without Service

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Some rural areas could be left without wireless service if the FCC approves the latest proposal for the Connect America Mobility Fund Phase II, cautions the Rural Wireless Association. Some wireless carriers in high-cost rural areas currently receive funding through the traditional high-cost universal service...Learn More

TV Broadcast Spectrum Reverse Auction Yields $19.6B for 600 MHz Mobile Broadband Spectrum

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The “clock phase” of the TV broadcast spectrum reverse auction was completed Friday, explained FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement. A total of 84 MHz of spectrum will now be released into the broadband marketplace, Pai said. According to news reports, the total of...Learn More

3GPP 5G Logo Launched

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3GPP introduced a new logo in anticipation of the completion and industry-wide adoption of its next-generation 5G mobile broadband technical specification. To be used for technology beginning with 3GPP 5G Release 15 onward, the new logo includes plain black text, a new textured wave pattern...Learn More

FCC Lifeline Reversal on FreedomPop, Eight Others Draws Fire

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The FCC Friday said nine service providers would not be able to collect funding from the commission’s Lifeline program, which pays part of the costs of communications services for qualified low-income users – at least for now and possibly not ever. According to FCC Commissioner...Learn More

Rise Broadband: Fixed 5G Broadband Has Real Rural Challenges

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Despite increased interest in fixed 5G on the part of the nation’s largest carriers, it’s still not a great choice for rural areas, said Jeff Kohler, co-founder of rural broadband wireless network operator Rise Broadband, in an interview with Telecompetitor. In discussing fixed 5G vs....Learn More

FCC’s O’Rielly: Any New Federal Broadband Funding Should Go to USF

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As lawmakers consider making new funding available for infrastructure initiatives, which could include broadband, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly argued in a blog post today that any new federal broadband funding should be directed to the high-cost Universal Service Fund (USF) program. In the blog post,...Learn More

Will Pai’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Re-invent the Wheel?

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has established what he is calling the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) aimed at bridging the digital divide and accelerating the deployment of high-speed broadband services. “The BDAC’s mission will be to identify regulatory barriers to infrastructure investment and to make...Learn More

Up to $170 Million New York Connect America Funding to be Awarded by the State

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The state of New York, rather than the FCC, will award up to $170 million in broadband Connect America funding to network operators to help cover the cost of bringing broadband to areas of the state where broadband is not available today. The funding, originally...Learn More

TDS A-CAM Broadband Support Will Total $75 Million Annually

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TDS Telecom will be able to improve broadband service to a majority of the company’s wireline locations in the U.S. thanks to a 10-year $75 million annual cash infusion from the FCC high-cost universal service program, the company said yesterday. TDS is one of about...Learn More

FCC: Carriers Accept $4.5 Billion in Revised A-CAM Broadband Support for Rural Broadband Expansion

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The majority of rural rate of return carriers that initially opted to receive broadband support based on the FCC alternative Connect America model (A-CAM) have reconfirmed those plans based on revised A-CAM broadband support offers. Those offers were reduced when demand for the A-CAM program...Learn More