Some inflight Wi-Fi providers have allegedly voluntarily exceeded the requirements of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, by providing U.S. law enforcement and the National Security Agency (NSA) with additional surveillance or control capabilities not provided for by the law. Further, it is unclear what the full scope of those capabilities might be.
It can be mighty frustrating to receive an emergency alert on your cell phone regarding a situation 150 or more miles away, and it might even convince you to switch off reception of emergency alerts on your handset. The government apparently recognizes that is a problem and has awarded a contract to TeleCommunication Systems (TCS), which will work on the first phase of a research study aimed at enhancing geo-targeting methods based upon cell site propagation footprints for delivery of wireless emergency alerts.
It has long been observed that politics makes strange bedfellows, and a recent FCC filing shows that trend continues. In this case, Google, AT&T and Verizon partnered to express their views to the FCC regarding commercial operations in the 3.5 GHz band, which is envisioned for use in small cell deployments.
Oceus Networks has told the FCC that a bi-directional sharing framework providing military access to the paired 1755-1780 MHz and 2155-2180 MHz bands could fulfill training requirements on remote bases and ranges with limited impact to auction revenues.
Motorola Solutions will develop the LTE-based public-safety broadband network for Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communication System Authority (LA-RICS), which was the first jurisdiction to approve a 700 MHz spectrum-lease pact with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
Battelle announced that the FCC is seeking public comment on the company's petition to adopt new service rules that will open up fallow spectrum at 102-109.5 GHz.
Access Spectrum, an Upper 700 MHz A Block licensee, said the FCC's authorization of TDD equipment for the band opens up the spectrum to numerous new uses by vertical industries.
Globalstar is targeting the second quarter for the introduction of Sat-Fi, a new voice and data service that enables customers to use their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones, tablets and laptops to connect with Globalstar's satellite network when they are outside of cellular coverage.
Google filed a highly secretive application with the FCC for an experimental radio authority, via which the company aims to test technology in the 76-77 GHz millimeter-wave band. That spectrum is authorized for short-range radar applications, including vehicle radars.
Globalstar wants to work with proponents of opening up the 5.1 GHz band for use by high-power, outdoor Wi-Fi equipment but only if those changes do not negatively impact Globalstar's mobile satellite services (MSS) business, a company executive said.