Wireless Internet

On regulations for 5G: Micro licensing for locally operated networks

Location:
University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

To realize the full vision of 5G to benefit the society and promote competition, innovation and emergence of new services when the 5G end-to-end network spans across different stakeholders administrative domains, the existing regulations governing the mobile communication business ecosystem are being refined. This paper provides a tutorial overview on how 5G innovations impact mobile communications and reviews the regulatory elements relevant to 5G development for locally deployed networks.

Mexican TV Is Interfering with Rural Broadband in California

Location:
Campo, CA, United States

Indigenous peoples living on tribal lands are some of the most underserved people in the US when it comes to broadband. Many tribes share similar barriers no matter where they are in the country. But one group of tribes in southern California is using every tool it can think of, including using television spectrum to broadcast internet wirelessly. Unfortunately, they've run into one totally unique hurdle: TV channels are bleeding over the border from Mexico, and eating up their spectrum.

FCC Chairman Pai Continues to Hide the Truth About Broadband Investment to Justify His Ideological Vendetta Against Net Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In filings about the Federal Communications Commission’s forthcoming wireless-competition report, Free Press called out FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for misrepresenting the state of broadband investment following the agency’s 2015 network neutrality ruling.

What will the internet look like without net neutrality? Just ask this sponsored data app

At first glance, Freeway looks like a good app. Through partnerships with content providers and mobile networks, Freeway can let users on limited wireless rate plans use services like YouTube, Facebook, and Spotify without eating into their precious data allowance. In return, Freeway charges a couple bucks per month through a mobile app, and also leverages sponsorships. In theory, it’s a neat way to help consumers access services without paying for an unlimited data plan or massive overage fees. But in practice, it creates the exact kind of anti-competitive environment net neutrality advocates are so afraid of.

Cash, Innovation, Airwaves: The Recipe for Rural Broadband

Location:
Colorado Technology Consultants, 2928 Straus Lane, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907, United States

For 23.4 million rural Americans – roughly the population of New York City and Los Angeles and Chicago and Houston and Philadelphia and Phoenix and San Antonio and San Diego, combined –access to quality broadband internet remains out of reach. We need innovative solutions to bridge this gap and bring broadband access to rural America. Until now, the biggest hurdle to expanding rural broadband access has been the cost- and resource- prohibitive nature of building out wired connectivity in remote areas with small populations. However, attention has shifted to an innovative new concept that leverages a resource that we already have.

Can We Build a Global Internet from Swarms of Satellites and Tech-Company-Backed Balloons?

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Ten years ago, the world population was 6.6 billion; 3 billion of those people lacked access to broadband internet connectivity. Fast forward a decade to 2017, and the global population has risen by 1 billion, but so has the number of disconnected people.

Broadband Analysis: Scrappy Wireless ISPs Get the Job Done

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Rural areas don’t need to wait on expensive and hard-to-build fiber-to-the-home networks to start using broadband. In many cases, fixed wireless can provide a fast and affordable last-mile connection in underserved areas. And some communities are building the system themselves.

Broadband 4 All

Nov 2 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
National Union Building, 918 F Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition will convene Broadband4All: Universal Service Symposium on the future of anchor institutions and the Universal Service Fund (USF) on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Auctioning America’s Wireless Future: Will 5G be Restricted to Big Mobile Carriers?

Sep 20 2017 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Spectrum is the fuel powering an increasingly connected digital economy. As the tech world gears up for the next generation of wireless – gigabit-fast “5G” – a debate has begun over whether the FCC should facilitate access to spectrum for a wide variety of network solutions, or adopt rules that restrict access to the current big mobile carriers.

FCC asks about the state of mobile broadband. Congress flips out.

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Twelve senators wrote to the Federal Communications Commission expressing concern regarding the agency’s latest Notice of Inquiry. The senators’ letter echoes many arguments pressed by various interest groups which seem misguided, or at least premature, given that the agency is simply asking questions to get better information about the state of the industry.

What Makes a Smart City Truly Smart?

The heart of a smart city is actually the data and the brain is using that data to change your decision-making process, to make you react faster in cases where the city needs to react, to make you predictive where you can be to save money or provide a better service, or to give you a better appreciation of what's happening in your city.

The Times, They're Not A-Changin': The Continuing Case for an Open Internet

Sep 18 2017 - 8:00am - 10:00am
Location:
1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza Suite 1212, Chicago, IL, 60654, United States

Tom Wheeler will ask a simple question: “What has happened in the past two years to justify a 180-degree reversal of Open Internet policy?” And his answer, “Nothing”. He will lay out the continuing case for an Open Internet, based on law and facts: protecting consumers and innovators; safeguarding free expression and economic opportunity; learning the lessons of the past; and anticipating the importance of future developments, like the Internet of Things.

Technology is outsmarting network neutrality

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Network neutrality is having a Gilda Radner moment. After years of debate, protests, name calling, and the like, technology is leaving net neutrality behind. Here are at least three indicators that technology is outsmarting net neutrality ...

Smartphones help blacks, Hispanics bridge some – but not all – digital gaps with whites

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Blacks and Hispanics remain less likely than whites to own a traditional computer or have high-speed internet at home. But mobile devices are playing important roles in helping to bridge these differences.

Privacy Conversation at 2017 TPI Aspen Forum

Location:
Technology Policy Institute, 1401 Eye NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA) wants us to get real about how much faith we should put in encryption. Rep Issa argued on an Internet of Things panel that it’s high time for a straight-talk discussion about how secure popular encryption protocols actually are.

A spacey startup shoots for a comeback

Location:
LightSquared, 10802 Parkridge Boulevard, Reston, VA, 20191, United States

A startup that wants to build a mobile data network to fuel the Internet of Things is trying to convince regulators to let it use crucial airwaves

FCC needs to open airwaves so rural, tribal Americans have broadband access

Location:
Mimosa Networks, 469 El Camino Real , Santa Clara, CA, 95050, United States

A new Broadband Access Coalition of internet service providers has joined forces with consumer, schools and health care advocacy groups to petition the Federal Communications Commission to open up the airwaves for spectrum best suited to a new, superfast broadband service for the whole of America.

The Future of Broadband in Underserved Areas

Location:
New America, 740 15th Street NW Suite 900, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

At a recent panel convened by the Wireless Future Project at New America, Ellen Satterwhite, of the American Library Association, noted that 40 percent of libraries cannot meet the minimum speed requirements set by the FCC.

A Future Ruled by the "Botnet of Things"?

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

In response to a Request for Comment from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), OTI offered seven recommendations for addressing the threats posed by botnets.

Dish 'confident' its IoT strategy can meet FCC's build-out requirements

Location:
Dish Network, 9601 South Meridian Boulevard, Englewood, CO, 80112, United States

Dish Network believes that its plan to launch a narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) network will enable it to meet the Federal Communications Commission’s build-out requirements for its spectrum, according to Jefferies Equity Research Americas.

Senate Passes Six Technology and Telecommunications Bills

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

On August 3, the passed the following technology and telecommunications bills ...

FCC Establishes Challenge Process for Mobility Fund Phase II

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Federal Communications Commission established the procedures for a robust challenge process to ensure that the FCC targets Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) support to primarily rural areas that lack unsubsidized 4G LTE service. Establishing the challenge process will enable the FCC to resolve eligible area disputes quickly and expeditiously.

Key Stakeholders Support AIRWAVES Bill — for Different Reasons

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Often sparring partners, the wireless industry and public interest advocates both came out in support of the AIRWAVES Act — but with very different hopes for where the legislation would lead.

FirstNet, broadband network to enable police and fire responders to talk to each other, ready to launch

Location:
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), 1401 Constitution Ave, Washington, DC, 20230, United States

Many police officers, firefighters and paramedics carry their own smartphones to do the things their department-issued equipment can’t. But now, 16 years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, exposed the inability of American first responders to talk to each other, a nationwide cellular network called “FirstNet” is launching to give public safety employees the ability to send data, video and text to each other.

FCC Carries Rural Broadband Baton as Infrastructure Plan Languishes

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Bringing high-speed internet access to more of rural America is a policy goal that’s popular among Republicans and Democrats alike. But the issue isn’t moving very fast on Capitol Hill.

Verizon and AT&T customers are getting slower speeds because of unlimited data plans

Location:
OpenSignal, London, United Kingdom

Unlimited data plans are slowing down mobile speeds for Verizon and AT&T customers, according to data released by mobile network measurement company OpenSignal.

Commissioner O'Rielly Remarks Before the CBRS Alliance

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

At our meeting on Aug 3, the Commission will vote on a mid-band spectrum Notice of Inquiry. While it provides a great opportunity to point out any frequencies, between 3.7 and 24 GHz, that you think may facilitate wireless broadband services, the main focus is the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz band.

Sens Gardner, Hassan Introduce AIRWAVES Act

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Sens Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, which will encourage the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for commercial licensed and unlicensed use and leverage the success of spectrum auctions to help close the urban-rural divide.

Sens Warner, Gardner think the government has a new cybersecurity problem: The Internet of Things

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

When hackers took aim at the internet’s backbone in 2016, impeding access to websites like Twitter and Spotify, they did so by weaponizing the Internet of Things — a catch-all category of web-connected devices that includes fitness trackers and smart thermostats. The resulting denial-of-service attack was limited and short-lived, in the end, but cybersecurity fears about IoT remain prevalent — and a group of lawmakers in Congress is now getting to work to ensure the US government raises its own digital defenses in response.

Echoing Microsoft, House Coalition Asks FCC for Three TV White Space Channels to Target Rural Broadband

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

A bi-partisan coalition of 43 Congressional Reps is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reserve at least three TV white space channels in the 600 MHz band to support rural broadband deployments.

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