Just how is the government doing in the Obama Administration's goal to identify and make available 500 megahertz of spectrum for commercial wireless broadband use by 2020? According to a National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) report, (i.e., the government), it's made significant progress.
Americans' ever-increasing appetite for mobile data appears to be eating into home broadband usage, according to fresh data from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) launched a new online portal that lets carriers and federal agencies coordinate spectrum use in the 1695-1710 MHz band, one of three bands recently made available in the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The new NTIA portal fulfills an important requirement to enable sharing in the 1695-1710 MHz portion of the band.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said that during the past five years it has freed up 245 MHz of spectrum for licensed and unlicensed commercial wireless communications. And the agency said it remains on track to release about that same amount during the next five years.
Spectrum sharing was a theme at the I nternational Symposium on Advanced Radio Technologies (ISART 2015) in Boulder, Colo., last week, and Google shared what it's been doing to enable the FCC's spectrum-sharing vision in the 3.5 GHz band.
The FCC voted today to adopt new spectrum sharing tools and policies to make 150 MHz of spectrum available for mobile broadband and other commercial uses. The radio waves sit in the 3.5 GHz band that previously was locked up by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
In a report reviewing American Tower's prospects for improving its tower business, analysts at Macquarie Research say they are increasingly of the view that Verizon could win the FirstNet public-safety-network project.
The FCC has promised to make more spectrum available for wireless services like Wi-Fi, and it appears well on its way to doing so in the 3.5 GHz band, along with adopting new sensing technologies to avoid interference for incumbent government radar users.
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) got a bit of a black eye thanks to a report from an internal government watchdog that faulted the group's board members for failing to adhere to financial disclosure rules and not having adequate protections to monitor for conflicts of interest. The report also faulted FirstNet for how it awarded several contracts.
Commenters applauded a federal government proposal to set up a public-private partnership that would create a model city for testing spectrum-sharing policies and technologies.The plan was floated in July by the FCC and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).