Verizon Touts Interest In Its 700MHz Spectrum to FCC
Verizon Wireless disclosed in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission that 36 companies have signed non-disclosure agreements concerning the A- and B-Block 700MHz spectrum it has offered as a carrot to the FCC. Verizon will sell the spectrum only if the FCC gives Verizon permission to purchase 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a consortium of cable companies called SpectrumCo. As part of the filing, Verizon also answered some questions the FCC posed regarding the spectrum. Verizon noted that it has attempted to use its Lower A and B Block spectrum, "including RF system design, site construction planning, and discussions with vendors. In all markets covered by these licenses, three phases of the initial RF system design have been completed: identifying cell sites for development, selecting configurations of antennas, and determining center height requirements for the antennas." Verizon mentioned that it has spoken to equipment providers about acquiring the gear necessary to use the A- and B-Block spectrum. However, Verizon said that the AWS spectrum it wants to acquire would be more complimentary to its lower C-Block 700MHz holdings. It said the A- and B-Block 700MHz spectrum doesn't pair well with the C-Block 700MHz spectrum it is using for its national LTE 4G network, and has presented technical challenges. The Alliance for Broadband Competition disagrees with Verizon's assessment. "Verizon fails to mention that the spectrum licenses it seeks to purchase from the cable companies cover the entire nation, while the lower MHz holdings provide only incomplete coverage," it said in a statement. Verizon warned that if the FCC doesn't approve its AWS purchase, it will need to completely re-assess its spectrum position.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
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The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.
Google Brings Q&A Feature to Maps and Search
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Samsung's Gear S3 Gains LTE Radio and Software Refinements
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Samsung today announced the Gear S3 smartwatch, a Tizen-based wearable that will be available in several configurations. The Gear S3 will be sold in Classic and Frontier styles.
FCC Chair Would Bar Use of Universal Service Fund to Buy Equipment from Companies that Pose Security Risks
Mar 26, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to prevent the government and companies from using the Universal Service Fund to buy equipment from companies that represent a security threat to the U.S. "Threats to national security posed by certain communications equipment providers are a matter of bipartisan concern.
"Verizon noted that it has attempted to use its Lower A and B Block spectrum"
"Verizon warned that if the FCC doesn't approve its AWS purchase...
Then get to re-assessing because it ain't happening. Is that a threat? We don't respond well to threats.