AT&T Turns Up 2,500 Cellsites on FirstNet Spectrum, Claims 1,500 Public Safety Agency Customers

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AT&T said today that it has installed equipment operating in the FirstNet spectrum band on 2,500 cell sites nationwide. The buildout still must be validated by the FirstNet Authority, AT&T said. The FirstNet Authority is the government entity that administers the FirstNet public safety network...Learn More

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

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

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

FCC Filing: A Merged T-Mobile Sprint Would Become Major ISP Competitor With Fixed Broadband, Eyes Rural Expansion

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If T-Mobile and Sprint are allowed to merge, rural Americans would see major benefits, the companies argued in a 600-page statement of public interest filed with the FCC yesterday that touts a wide range of merger benefits. Plans would include a T-Mobile Sprint fixed wireless...Learn More

Pai Wants to Extend Mobility Fund Challenge Process

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to extend the Connect America mobility fund challenge process by 90 days. At issue is a map issued by the FCC that shows certain areas having LTE coverage where some say that coverage does not exist. Pai’s action came in...Learn More

FCC to Tackle Rural Telecom Issues: USF Contributions, Access Charges, TDM-to-IP Transition

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The FCC has a lot on its agenda for its next monthly meeting – including three items involving rural telecom issues. The FCC rural telecom issues pertain to rural carrier contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF), potential access charge rule changes and a possible...Learn More

Coalition Proposes Alternate CBRS Auction Plan, Licenses by County and Census Tract

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A coalition of 11 carriers and corporations, eight industry associations and the nation’s largest port authority have sent the FCC an auction proposal for the CBRS spectrum band that represents a middle ground between rules currently in place and a proposal submitted recently by organizations...Learn More

FCC Poised to Free Up 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum for Broadband, Primarily in Rural Areas

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The FCC is getting set to free up as much as 194 MHz of unused spectrum in the educational broadband service (EBS) band, primarily in rural areas. The EBS spectrum is in the 2.5 GHz band and potentially could support fixed wireless broadband service, although...Learn More

Arvig Now Provides Backhaul to More than 500 Cell Towers

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Minnesota-based regional carrier Arvig is bringing service to more than 500 cellular towers across 13 states, the company announced. The carrier has contracts with customers that are five-, seven- and ten-years long, said Dave Schornack, Arvig’s Director of Business Development and Sales,  in a  press...Learn More

Report: U.S. Agricultural IoT Market Could Be $4 Billion, 250K Farmers Using IoT Today

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Control of livestock and cereal crops are the main drivers behind the increasing use of the Internet of Things  (IoT) by farmers in the United States, according to an agricultural IoT market study from market research firm Alpha Brown. Researchers estimate the number of U.S.farmers...Learn More

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