Unlicensed

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.

NAB, tech industry throw down over TV white spaces

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

The TV white spaces (TVWS) debate is cranking back up again thanks to a proposal that recommends that the Federal Communications Commision set aside three 6 MHz-wide TVWS channels for unlicensed use in every market across the country.

NAB Voices Its Concerns With Microsoft Spectrum Proposal

Location:
National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The National Association of Broadcasters is firing back at a letter from tech executives who wrote the Federal Communications Commission in support of reserving broadcast band channels, so called "white spaces," for unlicensed device use.

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.

Chairman Pai's Response to Senator Thune Regarding Mid-Band Spectrum

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

On June 21, 2017, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) wrote to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai regarding wireless spectrum, writing, "I am pleased to hear that the Commission may be considering a new proceeding to identify new spectrum uses in a range of bands. As you look for ways to better utilize spectrum, I urge you to explore possible new allocations in the mid-band frequencies, perhaps including the 3.7 GHz and 6 GHz bands, and to begin a rulemaking proceeding focused on opening mid-band spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed networks."

Microsoft is Hustling Us with "White Spaces"

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States

Microsoft recently made a Very Serious Announcement about deploying unused television airwaves to solve the digital divide in America. News outlets ate it up. Here's what's really going on: Microsoft is aiming to be the soup-to-nuts provider of Internet of Things devices, software, and consulting services to zillions of local and national governments around the world.

A Mid-Band Spectrum Win in the Making

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

Anyone who has spent half a minute working on wireless communications issues knows that America’s wireless providers need additional spectrum to expand existing network capacity and/or deploy new technologies (e.g., 5G). Such constraints apply to both licensed and unlicensed spectrum users.

To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

Microsoft will harness the unused channels between television broadcasts, known as white spaces, to help get more of rural America online.

Commissioner O'Rielly Remarks Before CITEL PCC.II Delegation

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

As you may have heard, within the United States we've been working actively to build upon the experience of WRC-15 and towards the decisions to be made at WRC-19.

New Coalition Petitions FCC to Expand Shared Access to Underused Spectrum to Boost High-Speed Broadband Access in Rural and Underserved Areas

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

Members of the new Broadband Access Coalition called on the Federal Communications Commission to authorize a new, licensed, point-to-multipoint (P2MP) fixed wireless service in the underutilized 3700 - 4200 MHz spectrum band used primarily by fixed satellite services.

Nonprofit Coalition Letter Urges FCC to Reject Cellular Industry Effort to Upend Historic Spectrum Sharing Framework

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

A broad-based coalition of nonprofit groups [including the Benton Foundation] filed a letter calling on the Federal Communications Commission to reject a proposal from the cellular industry, filed by CTIA on June 16, to re-open and revise the rules finalized more than a year ago for a new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) that opens a large frequency band of unused Navy spectrum for small area, high-capacity broadband innovation.

Harnessing the Potential of ‘Unlicensed Spectrum’ to Power Connectivity

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

What’s the next Wi-Fi frontier? And how can we tap into it for public good? A key band of airwaves that companies are seeking is the unused spectrum in lower frequencies that sit between TV channels. T

Expanding the Unlicensed Economy

May 24 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Location:
901 K Street, NW 11th Floor, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Panelists include social media, rural broadband and cloud service companies. In addition, Edgar Figueroa will present the Wi-Fi Alliance study projecting the need for more unlicensed access and Paul Garnett will provide an update on Microsoft’s Affordable Access TV white spaces projects.

FCC Approves LTE-U Devices

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission is opening up the 5 GHz spectrum band to unlicensed LTE use as a way to boost spectrum sharing and wireless broadband.

Full Agenda for Senate Commerce Committee Markup Jan 24

Location:
Senate Commerce Committee, Constitution Avenue and 1st Street, NE Russell Senate Office Building - 253, Washington, DC, 20002, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold an executive session on Tuesday, January 24th at 10:00 am to formally adopt the rules and budget resolution for the 115th Congress and consider legislative measures including the following telecommunications-related bills.

Information on Low Power Television, FCC's Spectrum Incentive Auction, and Unlicensed Spectrum Use

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Government Accountability Office was asked to review the possible effects of the auction on LPTV and translator stations and their viewers.

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Globalstar's Christmas Present

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

On December 22, the Federal Communications Commission gave a satellite operator named Globalstar a Christmas present of sorts, along with a lump of coal. The events leading up to this action present a case study that offers insights into the physical, economic, legal, and political forces that shape telecommunications policy. Globalstar’s inability to effectuate its new venture is an object lesson for incumbent and would-be “low Earth orbit” (LEO) operators.

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Globalstar's Christmas Present

On December 22, the Federal Communications Commission gave a satellite operator named Globalstar a Christmas present of sorts, along with a lump of coal. The events leading up to this action present a case study that offers insights into the physical, economic, legal, and political forces that shape telecommunications policy.

FCC Commissioner Clyburn Releases Draft #Solutions2020 Action Plan

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission member is seeking public comment on her #Solutions2020 Call to Action Plan which includes ...

Comment is sought by January 11, 2017; a final report will be issues during the first quarter of 2017.

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Celebrating Chairman Wheeler’s Gift to the American People

In reviewing the successes of the last year, but, more broadly, the last three years, the person I keep returning to is Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. Chairman Wheeler has upheld the public interest, recognized the power of communications to strengthen communities, and acted to modernize and reform programs that bring open, affordable, high-capacity broadband to all Americans. His legacy is the opportunities for all Americans to connect to jobs, education, healthcare, and family. As we enter this holiday season, I am thankful for Chairman Tom Wheeler’s gifts to the American people. To me, what is amazing about his many accomplishments can’t always be measured by the dockets he opened, the votes he won, or the initiatives he proposed. The day-to-day impacts of his actions can often be more readily seen in the child who can now reach a hand across a keyboard to access a whole new universe of knowledge thanks to gigabit connections to the school and Wi-Fi in the classroom. Or in the young mother who can now coordinate work and her child’s medical care thanks to her Lifeline connection. Or the small business owner who can now compete on a level playing field with its bigger business competitors thanks to a free and open Internet. Or the community that was once left behind, that is able to get ahead with new broadband options. In other words, it’s not the orders he voted or the computers he connected, but the lives he touched in ways both big and small. I expect they will be felt not just for a year, or a chairman’s term, but in the case of that little girl … it just may change her life.

5G will require full convergence between licensed, unlicensed tech: report

Location:
Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), 8 Eu Tong Sen Street, The Central, 059818, Singapore
Recommendation:
3

A new report published by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), in partnership with Maravedis-Rethink, makes no mistake about it: 5G will require unlicensed technologies working in conjunction with licensed networks to enable the kinds of services that are envisioned.

Wi-Fi -- Too Important To Fail

Location:
Denver, CO, United States
Recommendation:
3

Now that we have a “Listen Before Talk” (“LBT”) protocol for LAA/eLAA and a “Coexistence Test Plan” for LTE-U all the threats to Wi-Fi have been eliminated, right? Wrong. At least two big problems remain.

Industry Makes Progress on Unlicensed LTE Coexistence

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Office of Engineering and Technology and the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau have been closely monitoring industry efforts to ensure that new versions of LTE technology can co-exist with Wi-Fi and other unlicensed devices operating at 5 GHz.

Wi-Fi Alliance Releases LTE-U Testing Plan

Location:
Wi-Fi Alliance, 10900-B Stonelake Boulevard, Austin, TX, 78759, United States
Recommendation:
3

As advertised, the Wi-Fi Alliance has released its final plan for testing the co-existence of LTE-U and Wi-Fi. The idea of the test is to show how the two technologies—the Wi-Fi cable broadband providers use for mobile connectivity and the LTE-U (U for "unlicensed") that cellular companies want to use to offer a similar service—can share unlicensed spectrum.

Remarks of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, CTIA Super Mobility Show 2016, Las Vegas

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

“What do we need to do seize the 5G opportunity?” The answer, of course, starts with competition.

A Return to Permission-Less Innovation

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States
Recommendation:
3

The latest chapter of the Wi-Fi vs. LTE-U saga unfolded this month as the Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) announced that, after many months, it was finally closing in on an approved LTE-U coexistence test plan but surprised everyone by suggesting that the test plan should also include LTE-LAA. To understand why this is so aggravating, we need to take a little trip in the not-so-way-back machine.

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Can We Get Better Wi-Fi Without Jeopardizing Traffic Safety?

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

It might not be surprising that major industries would mount a big fight over how to deploy a swathe of currently unused spectrum. However, a dispute over a chunk of spectrum located in the 5.9 gigahertz (GHz) band also pits different parts of the federal government against each other and, even in Washington’s ever-more partisan environment, has Republicans and Democrats on both sides. As such, the dispute offers some important insights into the political gamesmanship surrounding spectrum allocation.

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Can We Get Better Wi-Fi Without Jeopardizing Traffic Safety?

It might not be surprising that major industries would mount a big fight over how to deploy a swathe of currently unused spectrum. However, a dispute over a chunk of spectrum located in the 5.9 gigahertz (GHz) band also pits different parts of the federal government against each other and, even in Washington’s ever-more partisan environment, has Republicans and Democrats on both sides. As such, the dispute offers some important insights into the political gamesmanship surrounding spectrum allocation.

T-Mobile says delay in approving LTE-U devices is stifling innovation

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
3

Citing continued frustration with the process of developing a coexistence plan for Wi-Fi and LTE-U devices, T-Mobile US executives are keeping the pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to begin approving devices that incorporate LTE-U technology no later than September.

The FCC is pushing Internet innovation forward — and holding it back

Location:
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20057, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission published a pair of decisions recently that show in sharp contrast the right and wrong ways regulators use their authority to shape the trajectory of disruptive technologies. This time, the continuing evolution of the Internet is at stake.

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