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Focus Now on 3.45-3.55 GHz, Possible 3.1-3.45 GHz Clearing, O'Rielly Says

With 3.5 GHz band commercial use rolling out nationwide, focus on clearing the 3.45-3.55 GHz band and studying possibly clearing at least some of 3.1-3.45 GHz or a sharing model like what's being used for the citizens broadband radio…Subscribe to Read >>

Fiber-for-C-Band Raises Ongoing Cost, Timing Concerns

With rival estimates of cost and feasibility of fiber distribution to replace satellite C-band use before the FCC, experts told us there are issues about how fast such fiber could go up and about ongoing expenses. Being switched to…Subscribe to Read >>

C-Band Alliance Plan Not Necessarily First FCC Choice, ACA Official Says

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Even if the C-Band Alliance releases a plan to provide as much as 300 MHz of spectrum for 5G, there’s no guarantee the FCC won’t opt for an alternative, America's Communications Association Senior Vice President-Government Affairs…Subscribe to Read >>

Carriers Oppose Small-Cell Aesthetics Proposal at TAC

Wireless carriers resisted creating a group of industry and municipal stakeholders on the aesthetics of small-cell deployments, at Wednesday’s meeting of the FCC Technical Advisory Committee. The appearance of small cells isn’t a technical issue, said AT&T Assistant Vice…Subscribe to Read >>

T-Mobile/Sprint Might Not Get California OK Until 2020

California’s review of T-Mobile/Sprint could extend into next year, but there’s no schedule yet, stakeholders said this week. A California Public Utilities Commission administrative law judge reopened the record in dockets A.18-07-011 and A.18-07-012 Aug. 27 in light…Subscribe to Read >>

Commerce Chairman Wicker Doubtful Congress Will Pass Section 230 Legislation Soon

It’s unlikely Congress will pass legislation altering Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker, R-Miss., told reporters Wednesday. “If I could wave a magic wand, I might make nuanced changes, but I…Subscribe to Read >>

FTC/DOJ Tensions Stir Sen. Lee to Lament 'Dysfunction' That Also Concerns Experts

DOJ and FTC tensions led to scrutiny Wednesday of how the antitrust agencies and their state counterparts can better coordinate and cooperate on investigations, including on privacy issues. At Tuesday's Senate Antitrust Subcommittee hearing, FTC Chairman Joe Simons and…Subscribe to Read >>

Senate Indian Affairs Members Criticize FCC Over Spectrum Outreach to Tribal Nations

Some Senate Indian Affairs Committee members voiced skepticism Wednesday about the extent of FCC efforts to improve outreach to tribal governments to improve those entities' access to spectrum. The hearing focused on GAO's 2018 findings in its committee-sought study…Subscribe to Read >>

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FCC Public Safety Documents Routinely Issued in Evening

The FCC routinely released public safety and emergency communications documents in the evening, outside the time frame that experts recommend. This trend, seen on many other issues at the commission over more than a decade, possibly deprived stakeholders from…Read More >>

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