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Marriott, AH&LA withdraw petition that set off Wi-Fi blocking protest

Marriott International, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Ryman Hospitality Properties on Friday withdrew their petition with the FCC that sought rules and clarity around Wi-Fi networking management tools--also known as the "Wi-Fi blocking" petition.

FCC's Wi-Fi stop-block order leaves other questions unanswered

While the FCC is cracking down hard on Wi-Fi blocking and blasting Marriott International's request to do just that, the FCC so far hasn't addressed other questions that Marriott and the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) put forth in their petition last year.

AWS-3 spectrum auction ends with record $44.9B in bids

It's been a long time coming, and the bidding in the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction is finally closed after 341 rounds. Total provisional winning bids came in at a record $44.899 billion--far more than the FCC raised in its previous spectrum auctions. FierceWireless' Phil Goldstein has the complete rundown. Check this out for a full analysis of auction 97

SK Telecom teams with Nokia Networks on eICIC

South Korea's SK Telecom is hooking up with Nokia Networks on what they're calling the world's first commercialization of Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC), a core LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology.

Security is top of mind for Internet of Things Thread Group

While federal regulatory officials and others want to make sure the Internet of Things puts security at the forefront, the Thread Group says it made sure security was baked into the networking protocol from the get-go.

Bell Labs: Mix of radio sizes can deliver 50% energy savings

Here's more research in support of heterogeneous networks, or HetNets. Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent, says it has discovered that today's ultra-broadband mobile networks can make significant energy savings and performance gains by deploying a mix of macro and small cell radio base stations.

FTC report focuses on security, 'data minimization' for Internet of Things

Security is a big concern among a lot players in the Internet of Things, so it's no wonder that federal regulators would zero in on that as they look for ways to prevent fraud and unfair business practices.

ZTE claims world's first in pre-5G test of MIMO

ZTE claimed credit for becoming the world's first company to complete pre-commercial field testing of multi-user and multi-stream transmission on a Massive MIMO (multiple input multiple output) base station, setting "new records in single-carrier transmission capacity and spectral efficiency."

FCC: Do not block Wi-Fi, and jamming devices are illegal

In case there were any doubts, the FCC is making it clear that it will not tolerate any form of Wi-Fi blocking, whether it's in hotels, conference centers or some other commercial establishment.

Madden: What we know and what we don't in 5G forecasts

A forecast was recently published, predicting "100 million 5G subscribers by 2025." Give me a break. Come on people, 5G is not defined yet. We don't know what the use cases are. We don't know what kind of terminals will be used. We don't know if "subscribers" is a relevant metric for 5G. We don't have any standards for new technology, with only the first study items underway now.

Cablevision prepares to launch Wi-Fi-exclusive Freewheel service

Cablevision announced the soon-to-be-launched Freewheel, its Wi-Fi phone service with unlimited data, talk and text, marking the first all-Wi-Fi service from a cable provider. Offered initially with the Motorola Moto G smartphone, it will work exclusively over Wi-Fi when it launches next month.

New ETSI working group sets sights on millimeter wave technology

While researchers in the U.S. are making strides in millimeter wave technologies, the European standards organization ETSI announced that its Industry Specifications Group on millimeter wave transmission held its first meeting and immediately started working on a set of five specifications.

FirstNet holds 'kick-off' consultation to bring federal agencies into the fold

The First Responder Network Authority formally launched the federal consultation process with a kick-off meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, with more than a dozen federal departments and agencies in attendance.

Sigfox operator Aerea strikes M2M deal with Tele2 in the Netherlands

Swedish-backed operator Tele2 and Dutch company Aerea entered into a machine-to-machine / Internet of Things partnership in the Netherlands, making Aerea the exclusive Sigfox network operator for the Netherlands.

Russia's GLONASS system a sticking point in deployment of new 911 location tech

Some Washington security officials have voiced concerns over a plan to use Russia's satellite location system to augment an effort in the United States to improve U.S. wireless carriers' ability to find 911 callers. In response, U.S. wireless industry executives and others have argued that using Russia's GLONASS location system won't create security problems for Americans.

Ford opens connected car research center in Silicon Valley

Ford Motor Co. is hoping foster innovation by opening a research center in Silicon Valley that is devoted to development for the connected car and autonomous car. The center, which will be based in Palo Alto, Calif., will focus on the convergence of the automobile and mobility.

SK Telecom teams with Nokia on 5G demo slated for 2018

The race to be the first to demonstrate and launch 5G is heating up. The latest entrant is SK Telecom which announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nokia to conduct joint research and development on 5G with the ultimate goal of demonstrating the technology in 2018 and commercially launching it in 2020.

AT&T's Keathley shares a 5G vision that includes LTE-A, Wi-Fi, SON and more

With just a few weeks on the job, Tom Keathley is already well-versed in all aspects of AT&T's network. Keathley, a long-time AT&T veteran, was named the company's senior vice president of network and product planning replacing Kris Rinne, who retired at the end of November. Keathley recently spoke with FierceWirelessTech Editor in Chief Sue Marek about the company's progress with carrier aggregation and VoLTE and shared his vision of 5G and the future of the wireless network. The following is an excerpt of that conversation.

Google teams with SpaceX for possible optical-laser powered wireless Internet service

Google has signed on to fund SpaceX, a startup from billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk that could use optical-laser technology to offer high-speed, satellite-based Internet service across the globe. Now, Google and SpaceX stand as a direct counter to a similar effort--OneWeb--that last week received funding from Qualcomm and billionaire Richard Branson.

CableLabs CEO eyes unlicensed LTE

As cable operators across the country build out their public Wi-Fi networks, one executive is hinting that the next stage of that strategy could involve unlicensed LTE technology. "Take the LTE technology that is used in cell phones today for offering 4G services, then run it in the unlicensed spectrum. LTE is designed for ubiquitous coverage--good system speeds over wide areas, so I can do hand-offs," Phil McKinney, president and CEO of CableLabs, told FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel during the recent CES show in Las Vegas.