ABI Sees Momentum for Global 5G Spectrum at 3.5 GHz

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Momentum is growing for the creation of a global 5G spectrum band in the 3.5 GHz band, according to a new report from ABI Research. Citing regulatory announcements from “about 20 countries,” ABI said the C-Band (3.4-3.8 GHz) is “emerging with the most global consensus...Learn More

FCC Poised to Reverse Net Neutrality, Title II Decisions

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The FCC will vote next month on an order that would reverse Net Neutrality guidelines imposed in 2015 under the previous administration, senior commission officials told reporters today. The order also would reclassify broadband as a more lightly regulated Title I information service – reversing...Learn More

CBS Corporation Blacks Out DISH Subscribers

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November 21, 2017 — ENGLEWOOD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tonight DISH reported that CBS Corporation chose to black out DISH customers’ access to 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states (view full list here). CBS is blocking consumers in an effort to raise carriage rates for...Learn More

Proposed FCC Lifeline Reforms Include Cap, No Free Service, No Resellers

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The FCC today adopted several reforms to the Universal Service Lifeline low-income program applicable in large part to tribal areas. In addition, the commission proposed broader Lifeline reforms that would impact all funding recipients – reforms that include imposing a budget cap on the program,...Learn More

FCC Votes to Hasten Copper Retirement and Notification Process, Hopeful for IP/Fiber Upgrades

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The FCC today adopted rules that would make it easier for telecom service providers to replace traditional copper infrastructure with fiber. The copper retirement reforms include eliminating a requirement for certain consumer notices, eliminating discontinuance requirements involving wholesale-only services, enabling service providers to discontinue certain...Learn More

WISPA and CBRS Alliance to Work Together on 3.5 GHz CBRS Band

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SUNNYVALE, CA–(Marketwired – Nov 15, 2017) – The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and the CBRS Alliance have signed an agreement to cooperate closely in the advancement of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum band. Under the new agreement, the organizations will work...Learn More

T-Mobile Silver Star Deal Involves Spectrum Assets in Idaho and Wyoming

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A proposed T-Mobile Silver Star Telephone deal would put Silver Star 700 MHz spectrum in parts of Idaho and Wyoming in T-Mobile’s hands, enabling T-Mobile to expand its coverage in eight counties. Silver Star began offering phone service almost 100 years ago but since then...Learn More

AT&T Helicopter Drone Flying COWs Bringing Wireless Service to Puerto Rico

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An AT&T helicopter drone is supporting wireless service in Puerto Rico, the carrier noted in a blog post today.  The company refers to the helicopter drone as a flying COW (for cell on wings). As we previously reported, Hurricane Maria damaged a large part of...Learn More

With FCC Approval of the CenturyLink Level 3 Merger in Hand, Deal is Set to Close Wednesday

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With FCC approval of the CenturyLink Level 3 merger announced today, the stage is set for the deal to close Wednesday, CenturyLink said today. The deal already has received all other necessary approvals, a press release states.  Earlier this month, the Department of Justice approved...Learn More

FirstNet Opt Out: With Accusations Flying, AT&T and FirstNet Respond

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As roughly half of U.S. states consider a FirstNet opt out or opt in decision, considerable confusion has arisen about states’ options – confusion resulting, some say, from pressure tactics applied by FirstNet, the government entity created to administer the nationwide mobile broadband public safety...Learn More

FCC Proposes USF Lifeline Cap for $2 Billion Annual Program, Resellers Would be Ineligible

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The FCC is proposing major changes to the USF Lifeline program, including imposing a cap on the program, which has disbursed as much as $2.1 billion in a year to cover some or all of the cost of broadband and/or voice service for low-income households....Learn More

FCC Signals Potential Compromise for Contentious CBRS Spectrum Rules

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The FCC today took the first step toward resetting the rules for the CBRS spectrum band between 3550 MHz and 3700 MHz. The rationale for changing CBRS spectrum rules would be to foster an improved investment environment, FCC officials said at today’s monthly commission meeting....Learn More

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