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FCC moves to open mid-band spectrum for 5G

Commission looks to tap 3.7 GHz to 4.2 GHz for 5G services Early commercial 5G services in the U.S. will provide enhanced broadband services by using high frequency millimeter wave spectrum. But, to truly realize the full promise of mobile 5G, millimeter wave will need...

Tech community rallies on net neutrality day of action

In May the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to start the process of rescinding the “net neutrality” rules that treat broadband providers as telecommunications operators under the regulatory authority of the FCC. Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, appointed by President Donald Trump to...

Former congressman talks Lifeline and net neutrality

Former Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia's 9th and the Internet Innovation Alliance talks policy WASHINGTON – The federal government’s policy regarding the telecom industry is very much in flux. A plethora of issues regarding telecom policies – first raised in an era when the Internet and...

FCC awards $1.5B to 10 carriers

Money is part of Connect America Fund to foster rural broadband WASHINGTON – The Federal Communications Commission announced that 10 communications service providers accepted $1.5 billion from the federal government as part of the regulatory agency’s Connect America, a subsidy designed to encourage the development of broadband infrastructure...

Competitive Carriers Association CEO on FCC auction

CCA's Steve Berry discusses competition in the wireless market, rules for the upcoming FCC auction and the duopolistiic nature of the space WASHINGTON – The Competitive Carriers Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade association, advocates for wireless regional and independent providers outside of the two largest...

As LTE-U and LAA emerge, feds may look to regulate

FCC solicits public comments on unlicensed frequency use, standardization Federal regulators on May 5 released a public notice soliciting information from stakeholders involved in the research and development as well as standards-setting associated with LTE-Unlicensed and Licensed Assisted Access. Carriers and other telecom players are developing LTE-U as...

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