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2022-06-28 18:43:40
by Madeline Hughes
Using 5G to Help Protect the Environment

WASHINGTON — What does a threat sound like? In rainforests across the world it can sound like a chainsaw or... Read More

WASHINGTON — What does a threat sound like? In rainforests across the world it can sound like a chainsaw or a gunshot. Thanks to the nonprofit Rainforest Connection, recording devices around the world are listening for these sounds to alert... Read More

2022-06-27 18:14:37
by Madeline Hughes
$77M in Funding Will Help Bring Broadband to Tribal Lands

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes across the country are set to receive $77 million in funding to help build new... Read More

WASHINGTON — Native American tribes across the country are set to receive $77 million in funding to help build new broadband networks and strengthen existing ones, according to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  This round of funding will go... Read More

2022-06-19 15:37:55
by Dan McCue
Verizon, AT&T Agree to Delay Some of 5G Deployment Until Mid-2023

WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications and AT&T have voluntarily agreed to delay some deployment of their long-awaited C-band 5G usage until... Read More

WASHINGTON — Verizon Communications and AT&T have voluntarily agreed to delay some deployment of their long-awaited C-band 5G usage until July 2023 as air carriers continue to work to retrofit passenger and cargo aircraft to ensure they do not encounter... Read More

2022-06-07 15:11:16
by Dan McCue
Four States to Share $500M in Broadband Expansion Funding

WASHINGTON — Four states — Louisiana, New Hampshire, Virginia and West Virginia — will receive more than $500 million in... Read More

WASHINGTON — Four states — Louisiana, New Hampshire, Virginia and West Virginia — will receive more than $500 million in funding for broadband expansion projects under the auspices of the $10 billion Capital Projects Fund created as part of the... Read More

2022-05-31 22:02:07
by Madeline Hughes
Broadband Buildout Will Be Slow to Reach Everyone

WASHINGTON — Slow and steady will be the approach for getting everyone connected to the internet while the government disperses... Read More

WASHINGTON — Slow and steady will be the approach for getting everyone connected to the internet while the government disperses billions of dollars to build out broadband over the next few years. “We are going to go as quickly as... Read More

2022-05-24 21:44:55
by Madeline Hughes
Geolocation Sought for National Suicide Hotline

WASHINGTON — As telecom and mental health professionals across the country prep for a new national suicide prevention number, one... Read More

WASHINGTON — As telecom and mental health professionals across the country prep for a new national suicide prevention number, one hurdle persists: locating people who call or text the hotline. Time is critical when people call local and national suicide... Read More

2022-05-19 21:13:53
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Increases Speed for Rural Broadband Program

WASHINGTON — Higher internet speeds are coming to the most rural places in America, as the Federal Communications Commission changed... Read More

WASHINGTON — Higher internet speeds are coming to the most rural places in America, as the Federal Communications Commission changed the definition of “high-speed” internet at its meeting Thursday. The four commissioners voted unanimously and across partisan lines to change... Read More

2022-05-19 19:13:37
by Madeline Hughes
FCC Rule Cracks Down on Foreign Robocalls

WASHINGTON — Americans will soon get fewer robocalls from abroad because of a new Federal Communications Commission rule.  “Robocalls are... Read More

WASHINGTON — Americans will soon get fewer robocalls from abroad because of a new Federal Communications Commission rule.  “Robocalls are aggravating. What is worse is when we crack down on these junk calls, the scam artists behind them find new... Read More

2022-05-05 21:12:18
by Madeline Hughes
FTC Reaches Settlement With Internet Company for Slow Speeds

WASHINGTON — The Connecticut-based internet provider Frontier Communications must increase its speeds or allow customers to cancel service without associated... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Connecticut-based internet provider Frontier Communications must increase its speeds or allow customers to cancel service without associated fees, according to an order from the Federal Trade Commission.  “Frontier lied about its speeds and ripped off customers by... Read More

2022-04-22 21:01:56
by Madeline Hughes
FCC to Reform Spectrum Receivers, Opening Airwaves

WASHINGTON — Spectrum technology is at the core of modern wireless communication, enabling the seamless transmission of information between major... Read More

WASHINGTON — Spectrum technology is at the core of modern wireless communication, enabling the seamless transmission of information between major systems and devices like cell phones, televisions, GPS and radars. Like all communication technology, spectrum has a transmitter and a... Read More

2022-04-22 13:23:46
by Madeline Hughes
Wireless Carriers Must Publicly Report Emergency Alert Data

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to require wireless providers to report data from their Wireless Emergency Alerts.... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to require wireless providers to report data from their Wireless Emergency Alerts. For a decade those emergency notifications have served to notify people something important is happening that needs their attention. However,... Read More

2022-04-11 16:10:00
by Madeline Hughes
WarnerMedia Merges With Discovery

WASHINGTON — Friday afternoon Discovery finally merged with WarnerMedia, creating a streaming and cable media giant that now has three... Read More

WASHINGTON — Friday afternoon Discovery finally merged with WarnerMedia, creating a streaming and cable media giant that now has three streaming services — Discovery+, HBO Max and the newly launched CNN+. "I am confident that our collective energy and genuine... Read More

2022-03-21 22:27:00
by Dan McCue
FCC to Hold Next 5G Mid-Band Spectrum Auction Beginning July 29

WASHINGTON — Bidding will start in the next auction of 2.5 GHz band licenses for 5G wireless services beginning on... Read More

WASHINGTON — Bidding will start in the next auction of 2.5 GHz band licenses for 5G wireless services beginning on July 29, the Federal Communications Commission announced Monday. The ascending clock format auction will offer approximately 8,000 new flexible-use, county-based... Read More

2022-02-24 22:15:57
by Reece Nations
Industry Groups ask FCC to Delay AT&T 3G Discontinuation

DALLAS — AT&T is willing to temporarily extend the lifespan of its 3G network after phasing it out for most... Read More

DALLAS — AT&T is willing to temporarily extend the lifespan of its 3G network after phasing it out for most mobile customers on Tuesday. AT&T entered into an agreement with T-Mobile on Feb. 15 to utilize its roaming options to... Read More

2022-02-07 16:42:27
by Dan McCue
Biden FCC Pick to Face Renewed Scrutiny at Wednesday Hearing

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s controversial pick to join a vacant seat on the Federal Communications Commission will face renewed scrutiny... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s controversial pick to join a vacant seat on the Federal Communications Commission will face renewed scrutiny this week after the Senate panel considering her nomination yanked a vote on it last week and scheduled a second... Read More

2022-01-31 23:13:49
by Dan McCue
Staff Changes at FCC as Agency Announces New Bureau Heads

WASHINGTON — Four new bureau chiefs and the naming of a familiar face to serve as permanent general counsel were... Read More

WASHINGTON — Four new bureau chiefs and the naming of a familiar face to serve as permanent general counsel were announced by the Federal Communications Commission on Monday. “Ensuring modern communications reach every corner of the country isn’t possible without... Read More

Major Airlines Cancel, Change Flights to US Over 5G Dispute

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major international airlines canceled flights heading to the U.S. or changed the planes they're... Read More

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Major international airlines canceled flights heading to the U.S. or changed the planes they're using Wednesday, the latest complication in a dispute over concerns that 5G mobile phone service could interfere with aircraft technology.... Read More

2022-01-18 21:59:59
by Dan McCue
AT&T, Verizon to Delay 5G Rollout Near Airports

WASHINGTON — AT&T and Verizon on Tuesday agreed to delay their rollout of new 5G services near some unspecified airports... Read More

WASHINGTON — AT&T and Verizon on Tuesday agreed to delay their rollout of new 5G services near some unspecified airports over ongoing concerns that moving those services to a new band could cause flight disruptions. Debate has been raging for... Read More

2022-01-04 17:54:52
by Dan McCue
Biden Applauds Telecoms' Decision to Delay 5G Deployment Over Aviation Concerns

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday applauded AT&T and Verizon Communications’ decision to agree to a two-week delay in... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Tuesday applauded AT&T and Verizon Communications’ decision to agree to a two-week delay in deploying 5G technology using a bandwidth airlines use to navigate in low-visibility situations. Verizon and AT&T bought a portion of... Read More

2021-12-28 22:10:15
by Dan McCue
DC Circuit Upholds FCC Decision to Clear Path for Next-Gen Wi-Fi

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2020 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to free up... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2020 decision by the Federal Communications Commission to free up the 6 GHz band for next-generation Wi-Fi. Writing for the unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for... Read More

2021-12-14 19:31:02
by Dan McCue
Ex-FCC Chairs Voice Concerns Over FAA Stance On 5G

WASHINGTON — Six former chairs of the Federal Communications Commission accused aviation regulators of needlessly trying to derail new 5G... Read More

WASHINGTON — Six former chairs of the Federal Communications Commission accused aviation regulators of needlessly trying to derail new 5G mobile services slated to start next month. As previously reported by The Well News, a roiling dispute has been going... Read More

2021-11-16 19:29:43
by Victoria Turner
Expeto CEO Says Evidence-Based Business Cases Will Drive 5G Innovation

WASHINGTON — 5G technology is already in the business of saving lives through tangible examples of its deployment improving health... Read More

WASHINGTON — 5G technology is already in the business of saving lives through tangible examples of its deployment improving health and safety measures and efficient automation, said Expeto CEO Michael Anderson during Fierce Wireless’s E5G Show’s second day. While enterprises... Read More

2021-11-12 15:34:32
by Dan McCue
Aviation Industry, Wireless Providers Clash Over 5G Cellular Expansion

WASHINGTON — Days before President Joe Biden is set to sign the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, a coalition of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Days before President Joe Biden is set to sign the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law, a coalition of aviation entities is seeking to put the brakes on a key element of the package —  the expansion of 5G... Read More

2021-11-11 16:38:09
by Victoria Turner
FCC Continues to Ramp Up Broadband Connectivity Efforts

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it is ready to authorize over $700 million for 26... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission announced on Wednesday that it is ready to authorize over $700 million for 26 states in broadband funding. This marks the fourth and largest wave of funding from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The... Read More

2021-10-26 17:55:30
by Dan McCue
Biden Names Jessica Rosenworcel Permanent FCC Chair

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made it official Tuesday, announcing he wants Jessica Rosenworcel, who has been acting FCC chair... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden made it official Tuesday, announcing he wants Jessica Rosenworcel, who has been acting FCC chair since January, to be his permanent head of the agency. If Rosenworcel is confirmed, she would be the first woman... Read More

2021-10-22 20:19:44
by Victoria Turner
Advocates Call for National Privacy Policy at FTC Open Meeting

The Federal Trade Commission should work with the U.S. Congress on drafting a comprehensive federal privacy law, instead of using... Read More

The Federal Trade Commission should work with the U.S. Congress on drafting a comprehensive federal privacy law, instead of using its rulemaking authority to do industry-specific regulation, according to three privacy policy advocates from three separate think tanks on Thursday... Read More

2021-10-12 14:28:22
by Dan McCue
Boeing Close to Approval for Broadband Satellite Array

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is poised to consider an application from Boeing to launch and run an array... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission is poised to consider an application from Boeing to launch and run an array of broadband satellites. Acting FCC chair Jessica Rosenworcel circulated a proposal for voting on Boeing’s application last week. Industry watchers... Read More

2021-10-07 20:29:06
by Victoria Turner
Broadband ‘Catnip’ to Both Political Parties, Industry Executive Says

WASHINGTON -- Both sides of the U.S. Congress are viewing high-speed broadband as essential. Now, the industry players will have... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Both sides of the U.S. Congress are viewing high-speed broadband as essential. Now, the industry players will have the challenge of reconfiguring a private business model to fit that of a utility, said Rhod Shaw, chairman of the... Read More

2021-10-07 19:11:18
by Tom Ramstack
Congress Looks to Broadband to Boost Telecommunications

WASHINGTON -- Disputes in Congress on how much tax money should be invested in infrastructure continued during a hearing Wednesday... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Disputes in Congress on how much tax money should be invested in infrastructure continued during a hearing Wednesday on expanding broadband telecommunications access. Broadband refers to data transmission over a wide range of frequencies through optical fiber, wireless... Read More

2021-09-23 20:40:42
by Victoria Turner
Infosys Developing Quantum Computing Capabilities on AWS

Amazon Web Services’ quantum computing service, Amazon Braket, is partnering with next-generation digital services consulting firm Infosys to develop quantum... Read More

Amazon Web Services’ quantum computing service, Amazon Braket, is partnering with next-generation digital services consulting firm Infosys to develop quantum computing capabilities for its Infosys Cobalt cloud offerings.  Amazon Braket provides the technology and research for scientists and developers to... Read More

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