The First Responder Network Authority has set a goal of finishing the first phase of consultations with state government officials – a critical component in developing a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network – by the end of fiscal 2015, the head of the congressionally mandated, independent organization said.
Up to $86.2 million can be spent in fiscal 2015 to help support development of a high-speed, nationwide public safety wireless communications network, following passage of a resolution Nov. 17.
Federal regulators recently announced that they will delay a spectrum auction, which would resell television airwaves to wireless carriers, until early 2016, citing a lawsuit from broadcasters.
Considerable debate continues over whether channels in the 5.9 gigahertz band should be shared or solely dedicated to new passenger vehicles wirelessly exchanging information with each other, according to a recent Congressional Research Service brief.
As applications and devices associated with the "Internet of Things" grow, they threaten to overload mobile networks. New guidelines offer methods to make sure that doesn't happen.
Proposed changes to the Federal Communications Commission's competitive bidding rules would facilitate small businesses' chances to participate, according to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
The State Department is trying to satisfy demands for instantaneous mobile communications in every setting and provide more access to classified and sensitive networks at its facilities – priorities that can be at odds and impossible to do all the time, said a high-ranking departmental official.
As wireless applications continue to multiply and make a mark on the economy, policy approaches to managing spectrum become more necessary, experts said. "I think we need to pursue a four-part strategy when it comes to spectrum," said Jason Furman, chairman of the President's Council on Economic Advisers.
As a way to better educate TV broadcasters about next year's spectrum auction, federal regulators said they've sent out information packages that explain the auction process, bidding options, compensation estimates and tax implications.
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed to change rules that permit devices to operate on unused portions of the TV broadcast spectrum.