Broadcast Spectrum Auction Plan Floated, Details Band Plan

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler envisions offering two classes of licenses in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum, reports technology news website Re/code. These would include restricted and unrestricted licenses, with restricted licenses reserved for “companies that don’t currently hold a lot of nearby airwaves,”...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell/ Verizon Deal Involves AWS, PCS, 700 MHz Spectrum

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A spectrum sale agreement announced yesterday between Verizon Wireless and Cincinnati Bell is unusual in that Verizon will not retain the spectrum but instead will assign its rights to acquire the licenses to private equity firm Grain Management and then lease the spectrum it wants...Learn More

FCC Frees Up WiFi Spectrum, Details AWS-3 Auction Plans

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Gigabit WiFi services based on the 802.11ac standard should see broader deployment now that the FCC today freed up 100 MHz of spectrum for gigabit WiFi or other unlicensed use. In addition the commission today detailed plans for the upcoming AWS-3 auction of 40 MHz...Learn More

Super WiFi Standard Progresses, Despite Spectrum Uncertainty

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The standards body that has created several WiFi standards has published the standard for a new form of WiFi that would operate in vacant TV broadcast spectrum known as TV white spaces. Equipment supporting the IEEE standard, designated 802.11af-2013, can cover four times the area...Learn More

Charter Spectrum is Latest Service Brand Move

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The list of service providers who implement a new premium branding strategy for their service bundles now includes Charter, which is rolling out the new Charter Spectrum brand, first announced in November 2013.  Spectrum joins FiOS, Xfinity, U-verse, and Optimum, among others, who have already...Learn More

Wheeler Sees Limited Unlicensed Spectrum in the 600 MHz Band

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Those who had hoped that emerging higher-speed Wi-Fi technology would get a boost from new unlicensed spectrum may have to adjust their expectations. Remarks made by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler this week suggest that the amount of unlicensed spectrum resulting from the upcoming auction of...Learn More

Proposal Seeks Spectrum Auction to Fund Broadband to Schools

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The Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology has an idea for how to fund President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, which aims to bring 100 Mbps broadband to 99% of the nation’s schools within five years. In a white paper released today, CBIT Executive Director Fred B....Learn More

Startup ASA Networks is Bullish on TV White Spaces Broadband

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New York City-based startup company ASA Networks sees great potential for TV white spaces technology. The wireless Internet service provider is currently trialing the technology in Gallatin, a rural area in upstate New York, and plans to expand service to other communities in the future....Learn More

WifiForward Coalition Wants More Unlicensed Spectrum

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A new coalition is lobbying D.C. policy makers to open unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi and other uses as a means of boosting economic growth, creating jobs and spurring innovation nationwide. With members including the American Library Association, Best Buy, the ARRIS Group, Comcast the Consumer...Learn More

700 MHz Licensee Access Spectrum Plans Unique Data Network

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Traditional cellular carriers that provide machine-to-machine connectivity will be seeing some new competition now that the Federal Communications Commission has given Access Spectrum more flexibility in how it uses 2 MHz of spectrum that the company holds in the 700 MHz band known as the...Learn More

NCTA: FCC Should Open up Satellite Spectrum for WiFi and Gigabit WiFi Use

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The National Cable & Telecommunications Association on Wednesday filed a report with the FCC aimed at persuading the commission to allow 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz U-NII-1 band to be used more broadly for WiFi, including the new gigabit WiFi standard 802.11ac....Learn More

IEEE to Study Spectrum Occupancy Sensing for White Spaces Broadband

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The IEEE has established a study group aimed at enhancing  wireless white spaces broadband technology by enabling network operators to create spectrum maps showing where spectrum is heavily and lightly used. Currently white spaces technology uses database technology to keep track of where spectrum has...Learn More