FCC Clears 650MHz Spectrum for Wireless Backhaul
The Federal Communications Commission today announced that it has decided to free up a large block of 650MHz spectrum for microwave wireless backhaul purposes. According to the FCC, the block of spectrum covers half of the land mass of the U.S., or about 10% of the population. The FCC believes that the steps it has taken today will accelerate the roll-out of 4G mobile broadband networks, add jobs, and expand the availability of mobile broadband to more Americans — especially those in remote or rural regions. The FCC also voted to nix 50 federal laws in order to ease the process of making this spectrum available. Microwave backhaul is used in areas where it is cost prohibitive to deploy wired networks. In the U.S., the large wireless network operators have already created the wired/fiber backhaul networks they need to run their services (though they are continually being updated and improved).
Hands On with the Land Rover Explore
Bullitt, the company responsible for CAT and Kodak phones, has recently added a new brand to its portfolio: Land Rover. The The Land Rover Explore is a tough-yet-capable phone with features designed for the same adventure-seeking crowd that Land Rover vehicles are associated with.
Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Mar 29, 2016
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools.
AT&T Settles with FCC Over Microwave License Violations
Sep 23, 2016
The FCC today said AT&T has agreed to pay a fine of $450,000 for operating microwave stations outside the parameters of its licenses to do so. Microwave stations are generally set up in point-to-point configurations to beam signals across terrain where it is uneconomical to run copper or fiber wires.
FCC Puts Clear Line Between Mobile and Fixed Broadband
Jan 19, 2018
The FCC this week released its findings concerning the state of broadband in the U.S. and the news is mixed.
FCC Chairman Pai Takes First Steps to Reverse Net Neutrality
Apr 26, 2017
Ajit Pai, Chairman of the FCC, today outlined his plan to remove the Title II classification from broadband services and kill off net neutrality laws put in place by the Commission two years ago. In a sometimes fiery and heavily partisan statement, Pai suggested that the previous Commission made an incredible mistake by re-classifying broadband under Title II and installing bright line rules that could not be broken.