"The job of the FCC is to exercise its authority with both discretion and determination so that technology, competition, investment and consumer empowerment are able to work together to reach our nation's broadband goals," Chairman Tom Wheeler told the Brookings Institution June 26.
Pinpointing locations inside skyscrapers or in subway tunnels can be difficult even for first responders using mobile devices' location-based functions. Now, officials at the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, are looking at ways to overcome those obstacles.
The International Telecommunication Union has established a roadmap and timeline for the development of 5G mobile technology with a launch goal of 2020, says a June 19 ITU statement.
Overall, the digital divide survey found that nearly four in five households, or 79 percent, have a broadband connection at home – including DSL, cable, satellite, fiber optic to a desktop, laptop or tablet computer and through a smartphone – up from 75 percent last year.
The First Responder Network Authority, known as FirstNet, continued its march through Congress this week with a stop at a House subcommittee, where officials largely lauded its progress.
For example, fast broadband connectivity will allow Customs and Border Protection agents to use the full range of capabilities offered by smartphones such as mission-critical apps, geospatial services and the ability take video and transmit it to central headquarters.
Location-based services – which gathers information on a user that could be based on global-positioning system signals – is the first focus area of a planned series on relevant technologies.
As a next step in developing a nationwide public safety broadband network, more than 425 people from federal, state and local jurisdictions plus associations and vendors mingled May 14 in person or via webcast.
Lawrence Strickling recently told an audicence at the International Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies that recent studies support the need for spectrum sharing.
The study said U.S. consumers and businesses spent $172 billion on wireless service in 2013. In turn, the wireless industry's employees, its suppliers and their employees generated more than $400 billion in total U.S. spending.