The FCC, as had been expected, approved a CTIA plan to partner with two Los Angeles TV stations to conduct a pilot project with the aim of showing that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum.
The CTIA is partnering with two Los Angeles TV stations to launch a pilot project to show that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum. The pilot is part of effort to gin up support among broadcasters to participate in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.
One of my biggest pet peeves is use of the term "Super Wi-Fi" to describe TV white space because TVWS does not entail use of standardized Wi-Fi technology or even the same spectrum as Wi-Fi. So, I just had to ask Paul Garnett, director of Microsoft's technology policy group, why the company favors that moniker.
Pan-European integration has political appeal--particularly to those in Brussels--but it is a pipedream and a distraction from the pressing need for rationalisation at the national level. Only full-blown acquisitions and mergers can ensure the owner commitment and extent of rationalisation required.
Three interim spectrum-sharing arrangements set up by the FCC and Industry Canada are aimed at enabling greater wireless broadband deployment, improving general aviation air-to-ground communications services and making more efficient use of spectrum for specialized mobile radio services.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom launched a consultation on spectrum sharing as it explores various ways of ensuring that mobile and Wi-Fi networks will be able to keep up with the growing appetite for data services in future.
Showing they can still be friends despite Google's recent usurping of AT&T as Starbucks' Wi-Fi provider, Google and AT&T this week submitted a joint letter to the FCC that lays out their ideas on how the commission should go about opening up 3.5 GHz spectrum for small cells.
Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) introduced legislation in the House on Thursday that would reallocate the 1755-1780 MHz band from government to commercial use and pair it with the 2155-2180 MHz band in an auction. Joining those two spectrum bands together for wireless broadband use has long been a goal of the CTIA and wireless carriers.
T-Mobile US made another push for the government to quickly open up the 1755-1780 MHz band, posting a blog entry on the issue one day prior to a House subcommittee hearing assessing how federal agencies can address growing demand for commercial mobile broadband spectrum.
Any parent will tell you: It's not easy to get kids to share. The same, it seems, is true in wireless. There's a debate brewing over how to free up 100 MHz in the 3.5 GHz band for small cells, and the resolution could have significant implications on future spectrum regulations.