Biography for Molly Bernhart Walker
Molly Walker is the managing editor of FierceMarkets' Government and Enterprise IT groups. She contributes regularly to publications in both groups. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was managing editor of Employee Benefit Adviser, a B2B magazine serving the insurance industry, as well as an intern at USAToday.com and FoxNews.com. When she's not exploring the nexus of business and technology, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors and cheering on her beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. She is based at the FierceMarkets main office in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @mollsiebee on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker
The Federal Communications Commission completed Feb. 27, its first major spectrum auction in 6 years. The auction of 176 H Block licenses in the 1915-1920 megahertz and 1995-2000 MHz bands, raised more than $1.5 billion in proceeds.
The First Responder Network Authority has set a slow pace for the rollout of a national public safety broadband network. Two years into its existence and there are still no towers and no transparent business plan. And the latest entity to complain that things are taking longer than expected: The White House.
Members of the House of Representatives announced Feb. 27 a new congressional caucus focused on spectrum issues. Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), the bipartisan leaders of the new Congressional Spectrum Caucus, have already worked together as heads of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's federal spectrum working group.
A Defense Department strategy unveiled Feb. 20 provides insight into the department's plans to free up spectrum in support of the White House's goal to make 500 MHz of spectrum available for commercial use by 2020.
Underlying technology, IEEE – not retailers – to blame for mobile tracking privacy issues, says privacy group
Consumer groups are concerned that mobile analytics firms are helping retailers track the location of customers throughout their stores. But Seth Schoen, senior staff technologist at Electronic Frontier Foundation, isn't criticizing retailers or their analytics vendors. Instead, the blame goes much further back.
Cellphone tracking helped bring a 13-year manhunt for the largest drug smuggler from Mexico to the United States to an end Feb. 22. U.S. law enforcement officials tracked cellphones used by Joaquin Guzman, "El Guapo," and his associates.
As retailers adopt more advances consumer tracking technology, a new platform unveiled Feb. 18 allows mobile device users to opt-out of being tracked by at least 11 mobile analytics firms.
Government purchases of smartphones will peak in 2016 and see negative growth in the following years, while tablet computers will see double-digit growth through 2016, predicts IDC Government Insights in a Feb. 11 report.
Marines at the Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. demoed the Mobile Detection Assessment Response System, or MDARS, on Jan. 30. The remote console-controlled Polaris military vehicle will be used as part of the service's 24-hour air base ground defense for surveillance and perimeter defense without manned operation.
Small businesses that rely on mobile technology face a variety of challenges, said a panel speaking before the House Small Business Committee. Access to wireless services is one concern for those in rural areas, said Brian Marshall, owner of Marshall Farms in Maysville, Mo., during the Feb. 11 hearing.