Broadband & Spectrum
Researchers at the National Institute for Standards and Technology are developing tools and methods that provide better measurements for wireless channels at higher frequencies, which can significantly boost bandwidth and capacity for smartphone and tablet users.
House and Senate lawmakers have re-introduced legislation that would direct federal regulators to study whether unlicensed spectrum can address the growing demand for wireless use. It would spur innovation, enhance economic development and provide more airwaves for public use, they maintain.
The Federal Communications Commission raised a staggering $44.9 billion in a recent wireless spectrum auction with some of the proceeds earmarked for the development of a nationwide, interoperable network for first responders.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration seeks $49 million in discretionary funding – a big jump in its modest budget to fund several spectrum and broadband intiatives across country.
The Federal Communications Commission warned individuals, convention centers and commercial establishments that intentionally interfering with WiFi hotspots is illegal, in an enforcement advisory issued Jan. 27.
The First Responder Network Authority, the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, continued its consultation process by reaching out to federal agencies last week.
As the Federal Communications Commission's considers opening up higher-frequency spectrum to mobile wireless applications, Google has said the bands could be particularly useful in in providing broadband through high-altitude balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Google has been lobbying federal regulators to free up unused spectrum so the Internet giant can provide alternative wireless services to that of traditional telecommunications carriers.
As of September 2014, federal grant recipients across the nation have reached more than 48,000 stakeholders as they prepare for formal consultations with the First Responder Network Authority that is overseeing development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network.
The First Responder Network Authority, the board tasked with overseeing the development of a nationwide, wireless broadband public safety network, didn't properly disclose financial reports, monitor conflicts of interest or transparently award contracts, reveals a long-awaited report from an internal watchdog.