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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. The 600 MHz plan allows all wireless carriers to bid for airwaves in an effort to drive up revenues from the […]

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 […]

Comcast: WiFi in Merger Mix with TWC

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 8th, 2014

Comcast confirmed that it’s weighing plans to create a nationwide WiFi network using its routers. Comcast filed its 180-page merger plan with the FCC detailing their proposed $45 billion Comcast-Time Warner merger. Comcast is the largest cable operator in the nation and Time Warner Cable is the second largest. On Tuesday, David Cohen, Executive VP […]

Qualcomm Announces Multi-User MIMO Chipsets

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 4th, 2014

Qualcomm has announced chipsets on the way that use new antenna technology to boost Wi-Fi download speeds in crowded spaces. On Thursday, Qualcomm announced radios that can send three or four data streams as well as chipsets for mobile devices using 802.11ac solutions with multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO). MU-MIMO will let networks transmit data to many […]

Sprint Pays Termination Fees for Framily Plan Switch

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 4th, 2014

For the next month, Sprint will pay early termination fees and offer device trade-in bonuses for customers who switch from the competition to one of its new “Framily” plans. Both T-Mobile and AT&T started offering to pay the early termination fees (ETFs) of their competitors at the beginning of the year, and now Sprint is […]