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Biography for Howard Buskirk

Howard Buskirk, Executive Senior Editor, joined Warren Communications News in 2004, after covering Capitol Hill for Telecommunications Reports. He has covered Washington since 1993 and was formerly executive editor at Energy Business Watch, editor at Gas Daily and managing editor at Natural Gas Week. Previous to that, he was a staff reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Greenville News. Follow Buskirk on Twitter: @hbuskirk

Recent Articles by Howard Buskirk

FCC Equipment Security Order Seen Facing Likely Legal Challenges

Chinese companies appear likely to take the FCC to court with the commissioners approving, as expected, a draft order to further clamp down on gear from Chinese companies, preventing the sale of yet-to-be authorized equipment in the U.S. The order, circulated by FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel Oct. 5, bans FCC authorization of gear from companies including Huawei, ZTE, Hytera Communications, Hikvision and Dahua Technology.Read More >>

FCC Engineers Said to Be Taking Conservative Stance in Evaluating 6 GHz Interference

The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology appears to be taking a relatively conservative approach to interference mitigation in the 6 GHz band as it works through issues raised in an April 2020 Further NPRM (see 2004230059), industry officials told us. Apple and Apple/Qualcomm met with OET in recent days on the Monte Carlo simulations the tech companies are relying on to justify very-low power (VLP) operations in 6 GHz at the 14 dBm power levels proposed in the FNPRM.Read More >>

Carrier Groups Disagree on Proposed Changes to Enhanced Competition Rules

CTIA and other commenters asked the FCC to adopt alternative construction and renewal requirements, proposed in a Further NPRM as part of the new enhanced competition incentive program (ECIP). Others disagreed with CTIA on what these alternative requirements should entail. Commissioners approved the program in July (see 2207140055) but asked questions about potential changes. Comments were due Monday, in docket 19-38, and posted Tuesday. The order was approved in response to provisions in the Mobile Now Act, enacted in 2018 (see 2203310036).Read More >>

Federal Officials Defend CBRS as a Sharing Model That's Working

FCC and NTIA officials defended the citizens broadband radio service band as potentially offering a model for future sharing, during an FCBA spectrum pipeline forum Monday. Last week, CTIA questioned whether CBRS, often cited as the potential sharing model of the future, is a suitable replacement for exclusive, licensed spectrum (see 2211140062). CBRS advocates have fired back.Read More >>

Final Outage Notification Order Got Numerous Changes From Draft

The FCC’s final order approving new outage reporting rules, approved 4-0 Thursday (see 2211170051), addresses at length concerns raised by CTIA and other industry commenters, based on a side-by-side comparison with the draft order. Because of a field hearing after the commissioners meeting Thursday, FCC staff didn’t have a press briefing on changes to the items while on the 10th floor. The order was released Friday.Read More >>