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AT&T, T-Mobile others protest FCC proposals for next-gen 911

It seems as though everybody has something to say about the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing new rules to address failures that led to 911 outages, even bringing together some wireless carriers that usually are at odds with one another.

FirstNet delays draft RFP, cites finance committee questions

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) this week said it would delay the release of a draft RFP due to questions that arose in its finance committee.

LTE, Wi-Fi camps need to cooperate, not collide, on LTE-U/LAA

With both T-Mobile US and Verizon moving forward with plans to commercially launch LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands, it seems only apropos that the cellular and Wi-Fi industries take the opportunity to collaborate and work closer together.

Bluetooth SIG says more real world tests needed on TLPS

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group backed up its previous assertions that terrestrial low power service interferes with Bluetooth with a series of more detailed reports filed with the FCC.

KT showcases LTE-A technology as part of GiGA Island initiative

South Korea's remote northwestern Baengnyeongdo Island is getting LTE-A broadband connections thanks to KT, which demonstrated the technology on the island last week.

Amazon: FAA too slow on drone test approvals

Remember the Amazon drone the Federal Aviation Administration approved for outdoor testing in rural Washington state? Turns out, it's a little too late, according to Amazon.

Panasonic contributes intellectual property to AllSeen Alliance

Panasonic is making available for the open source community a set of Internet of Things (IoT) software products used in home monitoring, solar energy and retail applications. It also is increasing its intellectual property contributions to the AllSeen Alliance.

Wireless charging finally sees its star rise to the top

For years, the industry promised ways to once and for all remove that tangled nest of wires for battery chargers, which are multiplying as consumers add more connected devices to their repertoire. But after years of fighting over standards, more and more industry experts are saying 2015 is, indeed, shaping up for wireless charging.

Utah State University researchers work to refine smart antenna technology

Researchers at Utah State University are working on technology to enable a single antenna to dynamically change its properties to address frequency, polarization and radiation pattern.

Broadcom exec: Internet of Things will be a 'collection of standards'

SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Brian Bedrosian, senior director of the embedded device business in Broadcom's Wireless Connectivity Group, might not deliver the type of hype-infused rhetoric that you hear from a lot of corners in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. But he's got a pretty good handle on where the company is headed.

Amazon gets OK to test drones in rural Washington state

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Amazon approval to begin outdoor field tests of drones, The New York Times reports.

FCC promises to clean up error-ridden TV white space databases

The National Association of Broadcasters filed an emergency petition to the FCC arguing that the databases that are supposed to map out the devices operating in TV white spaces are in fact full of errors and inaccuracies.

Startup Twin Prime launches new GLAS tech for app developers to kill network latency

A new startup called Twin Prime said that its technology can increase mobile app content delivery speeds by up to 100 percent via its new Global Location and Context-based Acceleration Strategy (GLAS) technology. The company said the technology "utilizes automated hypothesis testing to achieve real-time automatic selection and deployment of optimization strategies customized for specific mobile network characteristics and operating conditions including device, application architecture, network type, quality and location."

T-Mobile makes case for LAA in 3.5 GHz band

T-Mobile US wants to make sure the FCC knows the benefits of using Licensed Assisted Access technology in, among others, the 3.5 GHz band, saying it's compatible with Wi-Fi and should be considered as the FCC adopts rules for the 3.5 GHz band.

OneWeb's Wyler: 'We've got a pretty clear path' to launch satellite constellation

It's not the only game in town, but OneWeb believes it has the spectrum and technology to deliver affordable Internet access to everyone. FierceWirelessTech recently caught up with Greg Wyler, founder of OneWeb, to hear how he plans to accomplish this mission.

Google hones in on drones, gets FCC OK for tests

It looks as though Google's plan to use solar-powered drones to deliver Internet access just got a boost. The FCC recently approved two licenses so that Google can run tests over the next six months in a 520-square-mile area east of Albuquerque, N.M., Computerworld reports.

Vasona inks congestion management pilot deal with Telefonica UK

Following trials with O2's customers in London, Vasona Networks announced it has inked a pilot deployment agreement with Telefonica UK, the first Tier 1 customer it has publicly identified.

LTE newcomers in Africa face spectrum, backhaul challenges

Africa is providing a fertile breeding ground not only for different types of LTE players but also for different LTE service propositions. Yet they face challenges, including garnering the right spectrum and affordable backhaul.

Open Interconnect Consortium joins forces with EEBus for IoT standardization

As part of its mission to collaborate where it makes sense and avoid duplication of efforts when it comes to the Internet of Things, the Open Interconnect Consortium announced plans to work with EEBus Initiative, a European non-profit organization focused on the smart home and smart grid.

Fastback Networks, Sub10 merge to create hybrid backhaul company

Backhaul providers Fastback Networks and Sub10 Systems announced they will merge to address what is forecast to be a $1.6 billion market for sub-6 GHz and millimeter-wave solutions for backhaul. The companies are combining their intellectual property and technology platforms to create what they describe as the industry's first provider of hybrid Any Line of Sight (AnyLOS) backhaul solutions.