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FCC commissioner calls on Google, Apple to remove TikTok from app stores

Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr has asked Google and Apple to remove popular social media app TikTok from their application stores, saying that the app "harvests swaths of sensitive data that new reports show are being accessed in Beijing." Carr cited a Buzzfeed News...

NTIA awards $7.7 million in Tribal broadband grants

Nine projects in six states will be funded in the latest round of the $980 million program The National Telecommunications and Information Administration continues to portion out federal broadband funds, with the latest approved projects covering nine grants totaling more than $7.7 million to boost...

Tech giants launch metaverse forum to address expected ‘constellation of standards’

The free-to-join forum is open to all companies, standards groups and universities, standards groups and universities The Metaverse Standards Forum, launched jointly by technology and telecoms giants yesterday, aims to foster industry-wide cooperation on interoperability standards needed to build the open metaverse. Neil Trevett, president of Khronos...

SpaceX claims Dish’s 5G in 12 GHz plan would make Starlink service ‘unusable’

SpaceX says that if 12 GHz spectrum is used for terrestrial 5G networks, it could result in outages for its Starlink space-based internet service as much as three-quarters of the time and render the service "unusable for most Americans." The company submitted new technical analysis...

House proposes up to $10 billion in NG911 funding from future auction

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee unanimously approved an amendment that calls for up to $10 billion in proceeds from a future auction of 3.1-3.45 GHz spectrum to be used to support Next-Generation 911 (NG911) deployments. The amendment passed the House Subcommittee on Communications and...

FCC reconsidering wireless resiliency rules

There is bipartisan support at the Federal Communications Commission for making voluntary rules around network resiliency into enforceable ones. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is circulating new draft rules that are aimed at helping to reduce cellular network outages after natural disasters, largely by codifying an...

Regulators, carriers agree to phase in more C-Band use

Vulnerable aircraft radio altimeters must be retrofitted; Verizon anticipates an 'accelerated and defined schedule' Verizon, AT&T, aviation industry players and federal regulators say they have come up with a series of steps that will balance continued protection of aircraft radio altimeters from potential interference by...

Engineers connect Japan and Europe via space-enabled 5G links

The European Space Agency said that these 5G-based experiments took place in January and February 2022 Engineers have connected Japan and Europe via space-enabled, next-generation 5G telecommunication links for the first time, the European Space Agency (ESA) said in a release. The agency noted that the...

Pavement prioritization, trail sensors, QR codes: Cities getting smarter

How are some cities actually using IoT, new technologies and ever more sources of data? The mayors of three Indiana cities discussed their journeys with tech at a panel yesterday at an event highlighting Perdue University's efforts to support and development various smart city-related...

Connectivity is key for workforce reskilling, ‘last mile education’

Coursera CEO: “If you don’t have connectivity, you’re starving both access to the skill development and the access to the economic opportunity” As it typically does, the World Economic Forum uses its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, as a platform for business and political leaders...

FCC proposes faster speeds for rural broadband program

The Federal Communications Commission is considering modifying the rules for one of its high-cost rural broadband deployment programs to support 100/20 Mbps service. The agency has opened public comment on a proposal that would increase available support to some of the smallest, most rural...

RF factors in play for 5G and future 6G systems

When it comes to 5G and spectrum, there are a lot of complicating factors at work. While previous generations of cellular technologies typically brought new spectrum into play, 5G is making use of familiar sub-6 GHz frequencies that have been foundational to cellular networks,...

FCC authorizes another $200 million for RDOF deployments

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized nearly $200 million from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund for broadband deployments in 26 states and the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory. The agency said that the funding, which will be extended over the next 10 years,...

How Europe can build on strengths in SEPs to reclaim leadership in cellular with 5G and 6G (Analyst Angle)

The EU is in grave danger of “throwing out the baby with the bathwater” in its prospective attempts to reform SEP licensing with interventions for the purported benefit of European Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in IoT.  Europe was once preeminent in cellular communications with...

Well, technically… the pandemic revealed how small our world truly is: Twilio’s Rebecca Thompson (Ep. 69)

Twilio's Head of Communications Policy discusses the importance of having a global business outlook even if you're not a global company.

FCC kicks off new examination of wireless receivers

The Federal Communications Commission has formally begun a proceeding to gather information about wireless receiver performance, and how it might encourage better performance in wireless receivers—an effort that has bipartisan support on the commission, and which could represent a turning point for the design...

FCC awards another $37 million in emergency connectivity funding

New funding application window for connecting schools and libraries to open next week The Federal Communications Commission continues to dole out emergency connectivity funding for schools and libraries around the country, with a 13th wave of funding that totals $37 million. Funding from the program...

CCA tackles rural broadband, policy, wellness

The Competitive Carriers Association convenes in Tampa this week for its in-person Mobile Carriers show focused on the ins and outs of rural networks and smaller operators' needs amid a time of heightened focus on the extension of broadband services. CCA President and CEO...

Rosenworcel: 11 million household participating in FCC’s broadband affordability program

More than 11 million American households are participating in the federal broadband subsidy program that was established during the pandemic and solidified under the Biden administration's Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel told Congress last week. The program was...

FCC revokes US operations of another Chinese telecom company

The Federal Communications Commission has revoked the ability of another telecom company, Pacific Networks and its subsidiary ComNet, to operate in the U.S., after determining that the Chinese-owned companies pose a national security risk. The company primarily offers retail calling card services to U.S....

Global standard setting at 3GPP endangered with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Analyst Angle)

It took the industry 30 years to consolidate mobile communications developments into a single 4G standard with the introduction of LTE and the demise of WiMAX.  That attainment—also in 5G—should be cherished; but it is imperiled by geopolitical developments. While the international response to Russia’s...

Why the telecom industry needs to look at a multi-tier defense mechanism to combat illegal and malicious robocalls (Reader Forum)

Fraudulent robocalls are a menace across the globe. Many of these utilize call spoofing, a practice by which voice carriers and aggregators intentionally falsify caller ID information to gain an illicit advantage. Call spoofing enables many different types of fraud such as Wangiri (short...

‘We need mid-band deployment at scale,’ Rosenworcel says; 2.5 GHz auction ahead in July

Rosenworcel says she will propose a new look at standards for receivers as well as transmitters The Federal Communications Commission will increase the available midband spectrum in the United States by auctioning 2.5 GHz spectrum this coming July, and follow that up with continued work...

Rosenworcel proposes funding NG911 through future auction proceeds

Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed that proceeds from future auctions be dedicated to funding nationwide upgrades to Next-Generation 911 services. Rosenworcel made the remarks in a recent speech at the National Press Club celebrating the 10th anniversary of the First Responders...

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