Broadband & Spectrum
While technology companies and wireless service providers have been actively engaged spectrum policy discussions, a new report urges the scientific community to also find its seat at the table.
A consumer advocacy group said that a new telecommunications industry coalition formed "to promote the consumer benefits" of unlicensed spectrum and new licensed technologies such as LTE-U designed to operate in such bands actually threatens Wi-Fi competition and those benefits.
For instance, the ACLU pointed out that encrypted smartphone apps like Signal and WhatsApp are free and easily downloadable from major app stores, while Apple has built encrypted voice, video and text communications apps into its operating system.
Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are urging the Federal Communications Commission to work closely with the Transportation and Commerce departments to conduct feasibility testing in that spectrum.
The State Department's bureau of information resource management is exploring how an industry partner could help it better issue and manage its mobile devices and cellular services.
Federal communications regulators last week approved rules that would give unlicensed devices access to both the 600 megahertz and television broadcast bands as well as ensure that wireless microphone users get continued access to the spectrum and expanded access to other bands.
Under the First Responder Network Authority's finance committee approval of funding guidance, $86 million will go toward acquisition activities such as finalizing and evaluating the RFP and establishing a spectrum relocation grant program "to ensure unencumbered spectrum for the network."
Enterprise-grade mobile devices and applications might not fit the needs of the military's health organizations right off the shelf, according to two officials who spoke July 31 at a Health Summit hosted by AFCEA International's DC chapter.
To help supply the demand for workers in the wireless industry, public- and private-sector entities are joining forces.
Midway through a 10-year effort to make more spectrum available to meet increased wireless connectivity demands, the government is nearly halfway to its goal.