FCC to LightSquared: Keep Testing
The Federal Communications Commission has instructed LightSquared to perform more tests of its planned Long Term Evolution 4G mobile broadband network in order to ensure than it doesn't interfere with GPS signals. The FCC thanked LightSquared for its revised proposals, but noted, "The results thus far from the testing using the lower 10 MHz showed significant improvement compared to tests of the upper 10 MHz, although there continue to be interference concerns with certain types of high precision GPS receivers, including devices used in national security and aviation applications. Additional tests are therefore necessary." LightSquared's proposed network uses L-Band spectrum, which is adjacent to the spectrum used by GPS satellites. LightSquared hopes to blanket much of the U.S. with an LTE 4G mobile broadband network. It has already signed more than a dozen wholesale partners that hope to use the LTE network to sell their own mobile broadband services.
Jan 19, 2018
The FCC this week released its findings concerning the state of broadband in the U.S. and the news is mixed.
Jan 25, 2018
Google today updated the Android Wear SDK for developers and revealed several new features that are headed to its smartwatch platform later this year. Primarily, Android Wear will add a notification indicator to all watch faces.
Oct 23, 2018
The FCC today proposed two separate actions meant to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband use. The first covers the rules governing the 3.5 GHz band (Citizens Broadband Radio Service).
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