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

Verizon CBRS Demo Ups Ante on Big Carrier Efforts to Change License Rules

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Verizon’s news today that it has demonstrated mobile wireless service using LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in the CBRS spectrum band ups the ante on large mobile carriers’ efforts to establish new rules for that spectrum band – rules that opponents say would benefit the large...Learn More

T-Mobile 600 MHz Spectrum Will Boost Rural Coverage; Buildout Begins

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T-Mobile is lighting up what it says is the world’s first 600 MHz LTE network in Cheyenne, Wyoming. T-Mobile 600 MHz spectrum, initially at least, will target rural areas where the company traditionally has been weak. The networks are based on spectrum T-Mobile won at...Learn More

Will FCC Broadband Progress Report Count Wireless-Only Areas As “Served”?

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The FCC is seeking input on how it should gauge whether broadband is being deployed in a timely manner — a determination the commission makes annually in the FCC Broadband Progress Report. Under consideration is “whether some form of advanced telecommunications capability, be it fixed...Learn More

FCC Mobility Auction Challenge Process Revised, FCC to Collect More Data

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The FCC today took two steps aimed at spurring rural mobile broadband deployment, including revising the rules for the mobility auction challenge process and establishing a procedure to explore the use of additional spectrum for mobile broadband and potentially other uses. Mobility Auction Challenge Process...Learn More

Echoing Microsoft, House Coalition Asks FCC for Three TV White Space Channels to Target Rural Broadband

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A bi-partisan coalition of 43 Congressional representatives is asking the FCC to reserve at least three TV white space channels in the 600 MHz band to support rural broadband deployments. “We believe that the television white spaces (TVWS) have strong potential to revolutionize broadband internet...Learn More

Hammer Fiber, Go Long Deal to Support National Pre-5G Fixed Wireless Expansion Plan

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Regional carrier Hammer Fiber has big fixed wireless broadband ambitions. Although Hammer until now has focused on the New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York markets, the company plans to launch service in 49 additional markets throughout the U.S., including underserved rural communities. To support those...Learn More

Redzone Claims up to 400 Mbps Using Fixed Wireless Spectrum Aggregation, Eyes National Expansion

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Wireless internet service provider and software developer Redzone says it has developed fixed wireless spectrum aggregation technology that can support broadband speeds of up to 400 Mbps per customer. The company uses a combination of 2.5 GHz spectrum in the educational broadband service (EBS) band...Learn More

Carolina West Wireless Touts 600 MHz Spectrum Win

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Carolina West Wireless issued a press release earlier this week detailing its winnings in the recent auction of broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. The company bid a total of $10.2 million to win spectrum in 32 counties in western North Carolina and northeastern...Learn More

Cellcom 600 MHz License Wins Positions Carrier for Mobile Broadband Expansion, IoT

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Regional rural wireless carrier Cellcom confirmed Friday that it was a winning bidder for seven licenses in the 600 MHz auction. The Cellcom 600 MHz wins include five markets in rural Wisconsin and upper Michigan. The FCC released a list of winning 600 MHz auction...Learn More

Michigan County Inventories Structures for Rural Wireless Antennas

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Silos, water towers, barns and other tall structures throughout rural Ogemaw County, Michigan are now documented in a database aimed at making it easier for internet service providers (ISPs) interested in serving the area to determine where they could locate rural wireless antennas and other...Learn More

Fixed LTE in CBRS Band Not Expected to Require Line of Sight for Fixed Wireless

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Rural areas could soon see a jump in fixed wireless deployments once the FCC fully opens up spectrum for citizens band radio service (CBRS). Fixed LTE equipment operating in that band has the potential to offer an economical solution in a wide range of deployment...Learn More

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