- The subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), will mull whether a new pot of money dedicated to broadband is necessary, as lawmakers like Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) argue. "I think the decision of the Congress would be whether to do something separate and apart from [the FCC's universal service fund subsidies] or … Continue reading Broadband Hearings – Separate Funding for BB and 5G Deployment
T-MOBILE PUSHES PAI TO SUPERSIZE 5G AUCTION - T-Mobile executives pressed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai during his visit to Puerto Rico last week to expand his plans for an airwaves auction targeting prime spectrum for carrying 5G signals, according to an ex parte submission detailing the meeting made public Monday. Remember, Pai said he wants … Continue reading 5G Spectrum Wars
We need new rules for new 5G networks. Proposed FCC rules modernizing federal environmental and historic preservation reviews of new wireless infrastructure are a critical step. We need similar action by cities, states, the FCC and Congress to update local siting rules. Identifying a pipeline of new low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum is the other … Continue reading A Message From CTIA And America’s Wireless Industry
When Google Fiber launched their initiative broadband customers were all excited about the prospect of fiber to the home, breaking the AT&T and Comcast monopolies. The initial plan was to dig trenches and lay the fiber, but when that turned out to too costly, they turned to overhead distribution strategies. However, AT&T and Cable Companies … Continue reading Oh, The Incongruity
SENATE APPROVES RURAL WIRELESS ACCESS ACT - The upper chamber on Thursday night signed off by unanimous consent on S. 1621 (115), the Rural Wireless Access Act, which would require the FCC to establish a consistent methodology for its internet coverage data collection. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the bipartisan bill last summer, and Senate … Continue reading More Accurate Broadband Mapping?
CARR PLAN A HIT WITH WIRELESS - Verizon and AT&T lauded Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr's plan to reduce the regulatory costs associated with 5G infrastructure deployment. Carr said the order, set for a vote at the March 22 meeting, would eliminate the federal environmental and historic preservation reviews for small cell antennas. During a … Continue reading Changing the 5G Game – Eliminate Small Cell Environmental Reviews
On February 22, the Federal Communications Commission updated the National Broadband Map, replacing the original map that was released seven years ago by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The current map also has the ability to overlay satellite imagery. The map is currently using data collected in December 2016 based on Form 477 … Continue reading FCC’s New National Broadband Map