Archive for the 'White Spaces' Category

Commercial Drone Integration by 2015 Unlikely

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 3rd, 2014

The FAA will likely miss their 2015 deadline to let companies fly drones, reports The Verge. Last week the Department of Transportation found that the FAA is “significantly behind schedule” and that there are still “significant technological, regulatory, and management barriers” preventing the FAA from integrating drones into the national airspace. Those barriers include: failing […]

WiMax Forum Objects to “Citizens Band” on 3.65-3.70 GHz

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2014

The WiMAX Forum, the global body that certifies and promotes products based on the 802.16 standard, is urging the FCC not to include the 3.65-3.7 GHz spectrum band in the anticipated 3.55-3.65 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The 3.5G industry has already matured with 11 commercial networks globally, such as Relish in London, and […]

Google I/O 2014

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 23rd, 2014

Google I/O, June 25–26, 2014, is the year’s biggest nerd party, says The Verge, and lists 11 things to watch out for. Google’s Nexus line could get at least one more Nexus device, an HTC 8.9-inch tablet powered by a Nvidia Tegra K1 64-bit processor, according to a report by Android Police. The tablet features […]

Project Loon Gets LTE

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 16th, 2014

Google’s Project Loon uses radio-equipped balloons to deliver internet access from 12 miles above the earth. It currently uses WiFi bands at 2.4 and 5.8 GHz which are available for anyone to use, but Project Loon is now testing LTE to provide as much as 22 MB/sec to a ground antenna and 5 MB/sec to […]

600 MHz: What “Incentive” for Small Carriers?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 20th, 2014

At last week’s FCC meeting, the commission made a commitment to set aside 1-3 channels of broadcast spectrum for unlicensed use at next year’s incentive auction. Earlier this year the FCC made 100 megahertz of 5GHz spectrum available for Wi-Fi. In remarks at an event sponsored by WifiForward (Twitter), an industry group whose members include […]

Connect America Fund: Phase 2

Posted by Sam Churchill on April 25th, 2014

The FCC this week took significant steps toward implementing the next phase of its Connect America Fund to expand broadband in rural America. In Phase I of the Connect America Fund (map) the government invested $438 million to deploy broadband service to 1.6 million previously unserved Americans. It also invested $300 million to expand advanced […]