Nokia Claims 600 MHz LTE Equipment First

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Nokia claimed a 600 MHz LTE equipment first today, announcing that it has completed the first pre-standard 600 MHz LTE call using commercially available equipment. The winning bidders in the FCC’s auction of 600 MHz spectrum are expected to use the spectrum to expand their...Learn More

Eying an Opening, CenturyLink and Frontier Seek Regulatory Relief for Business Data Services

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CenturyLink and Frontier apparently see the current FCC administration as potentially sympathetic to their concerns about business data services regulation. In a letter filed with the FCC yesterday, the carriers asked the commission to grant them non-dominant business data service status, arguing that they do...Learn More

FCC Chairman Pai: Any Infrastructure Bill Should Include Broadband Funding via USF

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As rural telcos face a shortfall of as much as $2.1 billion in the Universal Service program, the solution may involve tapping a funding source that is common for other government initiatives but not for telecom: Congress is considering an infrastructure bill that could include...Learn More

ACA & NTCA Call Foul on Charter Overbuild Conditions for One Million Broadband Locations

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The American Cable Association (ACA) and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association are not giving up on their opposition to an FCC decision last year that calls for Charter to overbuild one million locations that already have broadband service available to them at speeds of...Learn More

Adtran: Connect America Fund Broadband Technologies Will Be a Mixed Bag

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Telcos are likely to use a mixture of technologies — including fixed wireless, copper bonding and vectoring – to meet deployment requirements of phase two of the Connect America Fund (CAF), said Kurt Raaflaub, head of strategic solutions marketing for broadband equipment supplier Adtran, in...Learn More

FCC Mobility Fund Plans Call For Two Year CETC Support Phase-out

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Wireless carriers, known as competitive eligible telecommunications carriers (CETCs), who currently receive Universal Service funding in areas that will no longer be eligible for support will have that funding phased out over a two-year period beginning one month after completion of an upcoming mobility fund...Learn More

HughesNet Claims First FCC Broadband Defined 25 Mbps Satellite Broadband Service

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Hughes Network Systems announced today what it bills as “the first and only U.S. satellite Internet service to offer Federal Communications Commission (FCC) defined broadband speeds – 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps uploads – from coast to coast.” Scheduled to go live on March...Learn More

$1.1 Billion Windstream EarthLink Acquisition Completed

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The $1.1 billion Windstream EarthLink acquisition completed Friday after the FCC officially announced its approval of the deal. Windstream Holdings shareholders approved the acquisition plan at an extraordinary meeting the same day approval was received. “The combination will result in an extensive national footprint spanning...Learn More

FCC Adopts $453M Mobility Fund, CAF Auction Weighting Factors for Rural Broadband Support

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Updated later February 23 with additional information from the FCC The FCC today voted to establish a mobility fund as part of broader plans to transition the traditional Universal Service Fund (USF) program to a Connect America Fund (CAF) program that will focus on broadband...Learn More

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