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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. 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) […]

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 […]

FCC Sets AWS-3 Auction Rules

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 31st, 2014

The FCC voted today on rules for the AWS-3 spectrum auction later this fall. The Report and Order sets flexible-use regulatory, licensing, and technical rules for 65 megahertz of spectrum in the AWS-3 band, which includes the 1695-1710 MHz, 1755-1780 MHz, and 2155-2180 MHz bands. The FCC adopted rules to allocate and license the 1695-1710 […]

FCC Authorizes High Power at 5.15 – 5.25 GHz

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 31st, 2014

The FCC has voted to make the lower 100 MHz of 5 GHz spectrum more useable, reports Fierce Wireless. The FCC’s new 5 GHz rules increase allowable power levels to 1 watt and allow outdoor operation. The order protects incumbent satellite users by placing limits on the amount of energy that can be directed up […]