High-Stakes Broadband Drama at FCC as CTIA, CCA Float Compromise CBRS Proposal, But WISPA Begs to Differ

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Two organizations representing mobile wireless service providers have sent a letter to the FCC with what they called a “compromise proposal” for the planned auction of citizens band radio service (CBRS) licenses in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band. The compromise CBRS proposal comes from CTIA...Learn More

Microsoft Airband Project Gains Another Partner, Targets Rural Virginia Fixed Wireless Project

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Microsoft and Declaration Networks Group are partnering on a project to bring fixed wireless broadband to 65,000 people on Virginia’s eastern shore over the next three years. The Microsoft Declaration Networks deal is part of Microsoft’s Rural Airband initiative, which aims to bring broadband to...Learn More

FCC Takes First Steps Toward C-Band Shared Spectrum with Possible Implications for CBRS

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As stakeholders continue to debate the fate of CBRS band spectrum, the FCC yesterday took the first steps toward opening spectrum in the neighboring C-band for use on a shared basis with existing license holders that use the spectrum for fixed satellite service (FSS). Wireless...Learn More

Redzone Wireless Plots Fixed Wireless Expansion, Adds Spectrum Assets

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Regional fixed wireless provider Redzone Wireless will expand to an additional 13 markets across Maine, the company announced today. The expansion will bring fixed wireless broadband to 40K new locations across 25 unserved or underserved towns. Established in 2014, Redzone operates a multi-frequency fixed wireless...Learn More

Peak Internet Fixed Broadband Will Be CBRS-Ready

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Colorado-based Peak Internet will be deploying fixed wireless infrastructure operating in the 3.65 GHz band that can be easily upgraded in the future to use the entire CBRS band, according to ExteNet, equipment supplier for the Peak Internet fixed broadband deployment. Peak, headquartered in Woodland Park,...Learn More

Wabash Upgrades Rural Fixed Wireless Network Using Mimosa

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Wabash Communications has selected Mimosa Networks’ to upgrade a rural fixed wireless network in Ohio. Wabash has 6,000 subscribers. An uptick in demand led Wabash to deploy an LTE-based alternative in the 3.65 GHz band. That only added 50 MHz of spectrum, however, which was...Learn More

Pai Plans 5G Spectrum Auctions to Start in November

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The FCC hopes to conduct an auction of high-frequency spectrum in the 28 GHz band suitable for 5G wireless services beginning in November, to be followed immediately by an auction of 24 GHz spectrum, said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today. The 5G spectrum auctions would...Learn More

Pioneer Telephone Cooperative Deploys High-Speed Fixed Wireless

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Pioneer Telephone Cooperative and its affiliates have opted to upgrade the company’s LTE fixed wireless networks with higher-speed fixed wireless technology from Mimosa Networks. Pioneer fixed wireless equipment purchases will include Mimosa’s A5c access devices and C/C5c client devices. Pioneer, which is the third largest...Learn More

Microsoft Teams with Packerland Broadband, Aims for 25/3 Mbps for Airband TV White Spaces

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Microsoft and rural partner Packerland Broadband are aiming for speeds of 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream for a fixed wireless deployment in rural Michigan and Wisconsin that will use TV white spaces and other technologies, said Cory Heigl, vice president for Packerland Broadband....Learn More

Nokia, Facebook Team Up on High-Speed Fixed Wireless

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Nokia will combine its worldwide delivery capabilities and wireless passive optical network (WPON) with Facebook’s Terragraph technology to launch global gigabit broadband trials in 2018 with select customers. The Nokia, Facebook project is an attempt to accelerate the adoption of 60 GHz fixed wireless access...Learn More

AT&T Expands High-Speed Internet in Communities across Mississippi

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JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T has expanded internet service in communities throughout Mississippi to better serve those in rural and urban areas alike. As part of our FCC Connect America Fund commitment, AT&T has deployed high-speed internet service to unserved and underserved...Learn More

NGN Connect Buys Back the Fixed Wireless Business It Sold to an Electric Cooperative

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NGN Connect, a community-owned network operating in north Georgia, said today that it has reacquired the fixed wireless customer base and assets that it sold to Habersham Electric Membership Corporation (HEMC) in 2015. NGN Connect and HEMC are co-owners, along with Blue Ridge Electric Membership...Learn More

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