WISPA Outlines Broadband Fixed Wireless Economics, Policy Goals Before Congress

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Broadband fixed wireless economics are considerably better than those for fiber-to-the-home, said Claude Aiken, president and CEO of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) in written testimony presented to the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology yesterday. Aiken urged subcommittee members to...Learn More

Study Explores Mobile vs. Fixed Internet Preferences, But Results Need a Closer Look

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An authoritative study commissioned by the Internet Innovation Alliance contains valuable information about mobile vs. fixed internet preferences. Researchers at CivicScience surveyed 10,000 people for the study and the researchers appear to have been quite diligent about ensuring an appropriate mix of respondents. But beware...Learn More

FCC Takes Next Steps to Free Up 3.7-4.2 GHz Mid-Band Spectrum

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The FCC voted today to take stock of satellite earth stations operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum band with the goal of making unused spectrum available to wireless network operators. The commission is also seeking input on what direction it should take in making spectrum...Learn More

FCC to Establish $100M Connected Care Pilot Program Targeting Telehealth

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The FCC is seeking to establish a $100 million “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support telehealth for low income Americans. The FCC connected care pilot program will be a focus on rural residents and veterans. The announcement was made in an op-ed with FCC Commissioner...Learn More

Economists Put the Tab at $61 Billion to Bring Fiber Broadband to Rural U.S.

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The cost to deploy fiber to unserved U.S. rural areas is about $61 billion, said Jim Stegeman, president of CostQuest Associates, an economic consultancy that specializes in telecom. Among CostQuest’s credentials: the company created the cost model used to determine broadband deployment costs for the...Learn More

CBRS Profitability Report: Wireless ISP Could Break Even in Year 3

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A wireless internet service provider (WISP) could break even on an investment in CBRS band technology within three years, according to a CBRS profitability analysis from Senza Fili Consulting. By year 5, the analysis shows the WISP earning a profit margin of 51%. The CBRS...Learn More

Rural Broadband Associations Come Out Against Proposed FCC Moves Against Huawei

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The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), the Computer & Communications Industry Association,  ITTA – The Voice of America’s Broadband Providers (ITTA), and NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) have filed joint reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in opposition of the Commission’s proposed...Learn More

Senate Farm Bill Would Put New Limits on RUS Broadband Loan Program

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The Senate yesterday passed its version of a 2018 Farm Bill that would put new limits on broadband loans made through the USDA Rural Utilities service. The Senate Farm Bill RUS broadband loan limitations pertain to the percentage of a deployment project that can involve...Learn More

Behind AT&T $5.25 Million 911 Outage Settlement

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AT&T will pay $5.25 to settle a FCC investigation into two 911 service outages that occurred in March and May 2017. The AT&T 911 outage settlement involves calls placed by customers on the carrier’s voice over LTE (VoLTE) network. According to a FCC press release,...Learn More

FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases Model Small Cell Agreements

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The FCC has taken a step toward sorting through complex small cell deployment issues by releasing two model small cell agreements agreed to by the San Jose City Council. The announcement was made by Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who said that there is a balance between...Learn More

CWA Wants to Make T-Mobile, Sprint Job Commitments Binding

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The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union wants T-Mobile and Sprint to make a binding commitment not to eliminate jobs in their proposed merger. According to a CWA analysis, as many as 30,000 U.S. jobs could be lost as a result of the planned Sprint,...Learn More

Qualified $2B CAF II Auction Bidders Range From Tier 1 Verizon, to Rural Telcos, Electrics, WISPs, and Everything In Between

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More than 200 companies (220) have qualified to participate in the Connect America Fund II (CAF II) auction scheduled to begin in late July, including large incumbent carriers such as Verizon, Cox, Windstream, Frontier, Cincinnati Bell and Hawaiian Telcom and dozens of rural telcos. Also...Learn More

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