Wheeler Recommends Rural Auction Credits in 600 MHz Auction

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Small rural companies bidding on spectrum in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum would have the opportunity to obtain 15% bidding credits if a proposal made by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week is adopted by the commission. Wheeler’s proposal, which is circulating within...Learn More

Wireless ISP Vivint Pushes Wireless 100 Mbps Broadband for $60/month

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Vivint, a provider of smart home technology, is pushing their way into the broadband Internet access business with a  fixed wireless Internet product that promises symmetrical 100 Mbps. The offer is delivered via a unique hybrid wireless solution, using both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Vivint...Learn More

LTE-U Standards: NCTA Accuses Carriers of Circumventing Usual Process

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Technologies that aim to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands could create interference with Wi-Fi networks, argues the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in comments filed with the FCC last week. The NCTA also had strong words for certain equipment manufacturers and for wireless carriers...Learn More

Access Spectrum Electric Utility Deal Reveals Nationwide Ambitions

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Plans could be shaping up for broad deployment of wireless networks dedicated to supporting electric utility companies as the utilities modernize their infrastructure to support the smart grid. The potential enabler of these plans is Access Spectrum, a company Telecompetitor covered 18 months ago that...Learn More

Verizon Rural LTE Program Now Reaches 2.5 Million People

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we first heard about Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program, which gives small rural network operators the ability to build out Verizon spectrum in areas where Verizon is not doing a build-out. In a blog post,...Learn More

CTIA: Licensed Spectrum Economic Benefits Exceed $400 Billion a Year

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Licensing wireless spectrum generates more than $400 billion a year in economic activity, a new report produced by the Brattle Group for CTIA – The Wireless Association says. This includes the direct and indirect economic impacts of actions on the part of mobile telecom carriers...Learn More

FCC Frees Up Shared-Use Spectrum, Will Explore LAA

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The FCC today adopted a report and order that will free up spectrum in the 3550-3700 MHz band that could be used by wireless network operators for mobile broadband service on a shared basis with incumbent military users. Spectrum also will be available for unlicensed...Learn More

GSA: 460 LTE Deployments Forecast by Year-End 2015

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GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) reports that 393 wireless network operators have launched commercial 4G LTE services in 138 countries – 107 of them introducing LTE service in the past year. In its latest update GSA reports that 644 network operators across 181 countries are investing...Learn More

LightSquared Poised to Re-Emerge: What’s In Store?

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LightSquared is poised to emerge from bankruptcy with $1.25 billion in operating funds, according to news reports. And the company apparently is still hoping to pursue its plan to deploy wireless broadband service. LightSquared’s latest move is to ask the FCC to transfer its spectrum...Learn More

ISO Approves the Award-Winning IEEE 802.22™-2011 Standard to Provide Broadband Connectivity to Rural and Underserved Global Communities

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PISCATAWAY, N.J., USA, 8 April 2015 – IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced that the recipient of the IEEE Emerging Technology Award, IEEE 802.22™-2011 “Standard for Information Technology– Local and Metropolitan Area Networks,” has been approved to...Learn More

AT&T vs. TV White Spaces: Parsing a Blog Post

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In today’s world of online corporate blogs, it’s important to keep in mind that although such blogs can inform us, the authors typically aren’t journalists and aren’t always out to provide the full story on an issue. These thoughts came to mind as I read...Learn More

CCA’s Berry: FirstNet Public Safety Network Presents Rural Carrier Opportunities

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FirstNet, the nation’s planned mobile broadband public safety network offers significant opportunities for rural wireless network operators, according to Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of the Competitive Carriers Association. “My suggestion to carriers is ‘this is an opportunity you have to be part of,’”...Learn More