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Archive for the 'Radio Policy News' Category

FCC Gets Flack for Net Neutrality Proposal

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 24th, 2014

Under new FCC rules proposed by Chairman Wheeler, internet-service providers will be able to negotiate agreements with companies like Netflix and Amazon for priority Web service. Wheeler said in a blog post today at the FCC, that his proposal will bar Internet-service providers from blocking legal content and requires the companies to disclose their policies […]

FCC Opens 3.5 GHz for Shared Access

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 23rd, 2014

Under a proposed rulemaking, the FCC is looking to create the Citizen Broadband Radio Service that will include 150 megahertz of spectrum between the 3550-3700 MHz bands. The FCC hopes to provide a “three-tiered access and sharing model with federal and non-federal incumbents, priority access licensees, and general authorized access users.” “Federal and non-federal incumbents […]

USAID Funds Community-based Digital Communications

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 22nd, 2014

The NY Times reports the State Department has provided $2.8 million to a team of American hackers, community activists and software geeks to a mesh network, as a way for dissidents abroad to communicate more freely and securely. The United States Agency for International Development has pledged $4.3 million to create mesh networks in Cuba, […]

FCC Floats 600 MHz Auction Rules

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

The FCC may reserve up to a third of licenses sold in a TV airwaves auction next year for smaller wireless carriers – if a minimum revenue threshold is met – according to Re/Code. Companies that hold at least one-third of the low-band spectrum in that market wouldn’t be allowed to bid on the 30 […]

Petition to Open 10 GHz in USA for Wireless Backhaul

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 14th, 2014

Qualcomm and other companies are urging the FCC to open the 10.5 GHz band for wireless communications. Using Authorized Shared Access technology would allow the spectrum to be shared with licensed mobile operations when and where incumbents are not operating, says Qualcomm. The FCC has invited public comment on the Petition for Rule Making (RM-11715) […]

AT&T Brings Gigabit Fiber & WiFi to North Carolina

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 10th, 2014

AT&T plans to begin building out its 1 Gbit/s broadband service in parts of North Carolina, in the next few week, marking its second deployment of the fiber service, after Austin, Texas. AT&T introduced GigaPower in Austin after Google Fiber announced its intention to enter that market. It’s the same deal with North Carolina, reports […]