Lightsquared Under Attack By New GPS Coalition
Today a number of companies and organizations announced that they have formed the Coalition to Save Our GPS, a new group that intends to make sure Lightsquared's business doesn't threaten the country's exiting global positioning system infrastructure and services. The Coalition argues that the Federal Communications Commission's decision to allow Lightsquared to use its satellite spectrum for a terrestrial-based mobile broadband network could have adverse affects on GPS systems and services. To that end, the Coalition published a number of recommendations for the FCC. It believes the FCC and NTIA must ensure that a comprehensive, third-party study be conducted in order to ascertain if there could be interference. It also suggests that Lightsquared be prevented from investing in operational facilities until it is proved — to the satisfaction of existing GPS providers — that there be no harmful interference with GPS services. The Coalition calls this a "matter of critical national interest." Lightsquared plans to deploy a nationwide LTE network and offer it wholesale to service providers.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal and regulatory affairs, today prosed that the FCC use existing rules to help organizations on opposite sides of the LTE-U debate find some middle ground. LTE-U is the use of LTE services over unlicensed spectrum, or WiFi frequencies.
FCC Looking to Enable Nationwide Number Portability
The FCC wants to make it easier for consumers and businesses to port their number from one carrier to another. People can already bring their number with them when they change carriers, but there are location-based limitations that sometimes prevent porting from one area of the country to another.
Internet Companies Want Public Zero-Rating FCC Inquiry
A group of companies have asked the FCC to make discussions about net neutrality violations more open to public discourse. Specifically, 59 internet companies sent a letter to the FCC and asked the agency how it is handling zero-rating services, such as T-Mobile's BingeOn and Verizon Wireless' FreeBee.
Qualcomm Says First MulteFire Connection a Success
Qualcomm today said it made the world's first over-the-air connection using MulteFire. MulteFire is a new, more advanced version of LTE that uses a technology called listen-before-talk (LBT) to operate on unlicensed spectrum.
Facebook, Google, Microsoft Team Up to Quell AI Fears
A handful of big tech companies have formed a partnership with the goal of keeping people informed about the development of artificial intelligence. Many people already use technology that is aided by AI, and that number will only continue to grow.