Microsoft TV White Spaces Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Deployments Provide Emergency Communications

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TV white spaces (TVWS) technology provided by Microsoft is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were ravaged by hurricanes, knocking out internet...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

USDA Announces $207 Million in Loans and Grants for Rural Broadband Funding

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $207 million is being made available for rural broadband funding yesterday. The funding is a combination of loans and grants and is a part of USDA’s Telecommunications program, which has provided financial assistance to over 500 providers across the...Learn More

AT&T Launches Fixed Wireless Internet in Additional Counties in Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss., Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet1 is now available in additional rural and underserved locations in select areas of 46 counties in Mississippi. In July 2017, AT&T announced an initial launch of Fixed Wireless Internet in parts of 15 Mississippi counties. The service has expanded to now...Learn More

U.S. Cellular 5G Fixed Wireless Tests: 8.5 Gbps Using Macrocell Antennas at 28 GHz

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U.S. Cellular has achieved speeds of 8.5 Gbps in tests of 5G fixed wireless technology at 28 GHz using macrocell antennas. The U.S. cellular 5G fixed wireless tests were the first to use an antenna height of 123 feet, the company said. Because distances covered...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

Qualcomm Announces First 5G NR Chipsets and Verizon Partnership; So What is 5G NR?

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Qualcomm said today that it has achieved gigabit speeds using a 5G NR (5G New Radio) modem chipset that the company is calling Snapdragon X50. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019. That’s about a year earlier than what developers initially...Learn More

Nokia Intelligent Access Highlights Shift to Virtualization and SDAN for Broadband Access

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The Nokia Intelligent Access suite of solutions, announced yesterday, will provide operators with better efficiency for gigabit services, the manufacturer said. The company points out that operators have challenges in providing broadband service because they have customers with very diverse technologies, including fiber, DSL, cable...Learn More

CBRS LTE Fixed Wireless Broadband Set to Deploy, Despite Uncertain Future

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Fixed wireless broadband continues to gain traction with the news today that Georgia-based wireless internet service provider (WISP) Paladin Wireless will deploy fixed service using LTE technology in the CBRS band. Paladin is targeting a December turn-up for the network using an experimental license, said...Learn More

Microsoft TechSpark Puts a Full Court Press on Rural Broadband

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The Microsoft TechSpark initiative, which kicked off in Fargo, North Dakota late yesterday, aims to use technology to boost local economies outside the country’s major metropolitan areas. The five-faceted program will include deployment of the Airband fixed wireless technology that Microsoft has been promoting, as...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

RWA Joins Broadband Access Coalition

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October 3, 2017 — Washington, D.C., – The Rural Wireless Association has joined the Broadband Access Coalition, a group of 30+ broadband providers, technology companies, trade associations, and non-profit public advocacy groups working to close the digital divide by seeking access to 3.7 – 4.2 GHz...Learn More

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