AT&T Challenger Lays Out Advantages of FirstNet Opt Out; 18 States in Play

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Executives at Rivada Networks are trying hard to get states to use their company, rather than AT&T, to build statewide mobile broadband public safety networks that would interoperate with the FirstNet network that AT&T will be building in at least 27 states and territories. Several...Learn More

Verizon E-Rate Settlement: Carrier to Pay More than $17 Million to USF Program

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A Verizon E-rate settlement announced yesterday calls for the carrier to pay $17.68 million to settle cases by the FCC and the U.S. Justice Department for possible violations of FCC bidding rules under the E-rate program. Most of the settlement — $17.325 million will be...Learn More

Google’s Loon Balloons Attempt to Restore Cell Service to Puerto Rico

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As Puerto Rico struggles to regain cell service in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted an experimental license for Project Loon, led by Google’s parent company Alphabet, to help provide emergency wireless service in the U.S. territory. Project Loon...Learn More

FCC Hurricane Relief Taps USF for Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

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The FCC will tap $76.9 million from the universal service fund (USF) for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This FCC hurricane relief funding will help the U.S. territories rebuild communications infrastructure destroyed or damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. “The...Learn More

David-vs-Goliath Battle Ahead for CBRS Spectrum, Better Fixed Wireless Broadband in Play

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The FCC will vote later this month to explore rule changes for the 3550-3700 MHz spectrum band, known as the CBRS band, including the possibility of larger license areas for longer time periods. According to supporters, CBRS spectrum rule changes would facilitate the deployment of...Learn More

DOJ Approval of CenturyLink, Level 3 Deal Includes Relatively Few Conditions

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CenturyLink’s plan to acquire Level 3 moved closer to finalization late yesterday with the news that the Department of Justice has approved the deal. The DOJ approval of the CenturyLink, Level 3 deal comes with relatively few conditions. CenturyLink will have to divest Level 3...Learn More

AT&T Hurricane Response: Carrier Compares and Contrasts Harvey, Irma, Maria

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Infrastructure damage in Puerto Rico resulting from Hurricane Maria last week was unprecedented. Attention has focused primarily on the U.S. territory’s electrical service, which according to initial estimates, is expected to be out of service for months. But the storm’s impact on telecom infrastructure also...Learn More

NTCA Joins Broadband Access Coalition to Boost Fixed Wireless Broadband Services in Rural and Underserved Areas

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Philadelphia, Pa. (September 27, 2017)—NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association today joined the Broadband Access Coalition (BAC) in its effort to petition the FCC to authorize a licensed, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) fixed wireless service in the underutilized 3.7 – 4.2 GHz spectrum band. The proposed licensing scheme and...Learn More

FCC Wireless Report Finds Competitive Market, New Satellite Rules to be Considered

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The FCC today voted to accept a report from its wireless competition bureau stating that the U.S. mobile wireless market is competitive, making it the first FCC wireless report to make that finding in several years. In addition, the commission adopted a report and order...Learn More

Fixed Wireless Market Report: Subscribers to Double to 8 Million by 2021, Generating $5.2B

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The U.S. fixed wireless market is comprised of 2,000 network operators averaging 1,200 customers each, according to a new report from analyst firm The Carmel Group. Several major companies also have announced plans to offer fixed wireless service – including Google, AT&T, Verizon and Windstream,...Learn More

Broadband Provider Groups Seek CAF II Auction Changes

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Organizations representing broadband providers have asked the FCC to modify its proposal for the Connect America Fund (CAF II) Auction. The CAF II auction will award funding rejected by price cap carriers in parts of 20 states. The auction is designed to award funding to...Learn More

Report: School Broadband Availability Improving, But Rural Fiber Still Lagging

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School broadband availability has increased dramatically as a result of changes made several years ago to the FCC E-rate program, with 94% of schools now providing connectivity at rates of at least 100 kbps per student, says a report released today from non-profit organization Education...Learn More

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