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FCC Chairman ‘demanding answers’ after T-Mobile US outage

FCC declines to comment beyond a tweet from Chairman Ajit Pai T-Mobile US customers experienced widespread voice and text outages that the carrier said were "resolved," as of 10:03 p.m. PST yesterday. U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Twitter yesterday wrote, "The T-Mobile...

Frontier files chapter 11, says ‘quality service’ will continue

Connecticut-based Frontier Communications on April 14 announced it was voluntarily entering chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after missing an interest payment on unsecured debt in March. Despite this development, Frontier said it would continue providing services to its customer base. Frontier provides telephone, broadband and television...

mmWave auction adds another $1 billion in bids

The Federal Communications Commission's ongoing millimeter wave auction has added another billion in bids, bringing the total to more than $6.1 billion. Bidding resumed yesterday after a break for the holidays. More than 14,100 licenses are up for grabs across three mmWave bands in Auction 103: the...

FCC looks to divvyup 5.9 GHz band between C-V2X and unlicensed use

75 megahertz of 5.9 GHz spectrum are in play  This week U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai laid out a plan to reallocate 75 megahertz of the 5.9 GHz band for cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communications and for unlicensed uses like Wi-Fi. The FCC will...

When Z-location doesn’t matter: An open letter to first responder community (Reader Forum)

Last week, FCC Chairman Pai announced a proposed draft called the Fifth Report & Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the stated intent of improving 911 vertical location accuracy (known as z-axis) when someone calls 911 using a mobile phone in a multi-story building. The solution outlined...

FCC to vote on rules for June auction of 3.5 GHz band for 5G

Hurricane Dorian, broadband funding and 3.5 GHz for 5G among FCC meeting topics The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) open meeting, scheduled for Sept. 26th, is fast approaching, and in preparation, Chairman Ajit Pai has released a tentative outline of what will be discussed. The agenda...

FCC Chairman circulating draft order to approve Sprint/T-Mobile US merger

Sprint and T-Mobile US reportedly exploring settlement of state-level lawsuits The Department of Justice recently gave Sprint and T-Mobile US approval for a long-pending $26 billion merger with extensive concessions. And now Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has circulated a draft order...

FCC authorizes fourth wave of rural broadband funding

There are significant gaps in national broadband coverage, says FCC As part of its multi-wave effort to improve broadband mapping across the rural U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized more than $121 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 36,579...

Court vacates part of FCC small cell deregulation order

FCC Commissioner: "It's time to go back to the drawing board" In an effort to accelerate small cell deployments in support of U.S. 5G leadership, the Federal Communications Commission last year adopted an order meant to streamline the review and permitting process associated with small...

Have FCC updates to small cell rules had an impact on deployment process?

In September last year, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission passed an order meant to make it easier for operators to deploy small cells and other wireless infrastructure by superseding state- and local-level regulations. The regulatory body, which passed the rule change 3-1, characterized the...

FCC moves to open up mid-band spectrum for 5G

All four Tier 1 U.S. carriers are offering a mobile 5G service in parts of select markets. Of those four, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon are all using high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum; Sprint is using its 2.5 GHz portfolio, which covers more than 100...

Disney resorts to test CBRS

In a promising sign for large enterprise adoption of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was granted permission to conduct internal testing to see if some of its existing wireless infrastructure at its Disney resorts in Anaheim, California and Orlando,...

Is the US winning 5G? FCC commissioners disagree, but nationalization isn’t the answer

Reports say Trump considering 5G as topic for 2020 campaign If you listen to the big four U.S. mobile carriers, two of which have already commercialized different flavors of 5G networks, 2019 is going to be a big year for domestic 5G. Compatible devices are...

Auction 101 wraps up, raising $702 million

The Federal Communications Commission's auction of millimeter wave spectrum at 28 GHz has concluded after 176 rounds, having raised nearly $702.6 million in provisionally winning bids. According to the FCC, the identities of winning bidders will not be made public until after the end of...

With merger pending, T-Mobile US execs frequent Trump’s DC hotel: Report

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere was in DC this week; it's not clear where he's staying Lobbying groups aligned with Saudi Arabia and Cyprus, the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Vietnamese resort developers and executives from T-Mobile US have all been guests at...

FCC sets rules for second round of mmWave auctions in 2019

Regulator to open up mmWave frequencies in 37 GHz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz bands With an auction of millimeter wave frequencies in the 28 GHz band going on current, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, in a meeting today, set the rules for a further...

Communications workers union says T-Mo/Sprint merger will hurt jobs, consumers

CWA tells FCC merger could kill 30,000 jobs While T-Mobile US CEO John Legere and Marcelo Claure, former Sprint CEO and current COO of Sprint parent company SoftBank, told workers during a recent town hall meeting at Sprint's Overland Park headquarters, that a merger of...

Is DSRC dead? Cable cos want FCC action on 5.9 GHz

NCTA calls DSRC 'failed;' wants 5.9 GHz for Wi-Fi Almost two decades ago the U.S. Federal Communications Commission set aside the 5.9 GHz band for dedicated short range communications with the goal of letting vehicles communicate with one another using unlicensed airwaves. Since that move...

35 attorneys general give FCC an earful about call spoofing

Call spoofing earned one company an $82 million fine Earlier this month the U.S. Federal Communications Commission levied a massive fine against a company for making more than 20 million robocalls from obscured numbers. But fines for call spoofing aren't enough, according to 35 state...

Huawei says it doesn’t need US to succeed

As Huawei faces blacklisting by feds, the company argues that would slow 5G deployment ORLANDO--As Huawei faces intense regulatory scrutiny that could potentially see the Chinese infrastructure giant barred from selling equipment in the U.S., the company's Vice President of Sales for America told rural...

FCC’s new frontier: Time to auction 2.5 GHz spectrum to close homework gap (Reader Forum)

As a new school year begins, internet usage continues to transform K-12 education. The majority of today’s teachers routinely make homework assignments with the expectation that students will go online to complete the work. But students don’t have equal access to high-speed broadband, and it’s...

FCC pauses shot clock on T-Mo/Sprint merger review

FCC task force says it needs more time to review new modeling information The Federal Communications Commission has paused the 180-day shot clock for its review of the proposed merger of T-Mobile US and Sprint, citing new information still coming in T-Mobile US on network...

FCC moves forward with $100 million telehealth program

USF dollars eyed for telehealth "Connected Care Pilot Program" Last week the U.S. Federal Communications Commission opted to go forward with an exploration of allocating $100 million of Universal Service Funds to pay for what the body calls a "Connected Care Pilot Program" designed to...

FCC adopts ‘one-touch, make-ready’ to hasten broadband deployments

FCC Chairman calls move "pro-competitive" As service providers look to deploy wireless and broadband infrastructure in cities and towns across the country, access to utility poles and other infrastructure sites is a consummate problem. In many cases, an incumbent service or utility provider owns the...

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