A lot of the comments filed on the FCC's Notice of Inquiry (NOI) into the use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz were positive, praising the commission for launching the proceeding to investigate potential opportunities for using millimeter wave (mmW) bands to accelerate 5G services. But many interested parties are calling for caution as well, especially when it comes to framing rules around the use of the mmW bands.
Slovakia opened an auction for three blocks of frequencies in the 3400-3600 MHz (3500 MHz) band on Monday, paving the way for mobile broadband service providers to get their hands on new spectrum assets.
Ofcom took another step in defining what fifth generation (5G) technology will be by opening a consultation into the use of spectrum above 6 GHz for the next generation networks.
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai wants to know why Netflix isn't getting back to him on details about encryption protocols it is allegedly using to target the open caching servers of certain large Internet service providers.
In explaining its position on the FCC's forthcoming net neutrality rules, Sprint argues that it does not matter whether the commission reclassifies broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, as long as mobile broadband is given a great deal of flexibility. That is a split with CTIA and much of the telecommunications industry, which has fiercely opposed a Title II reclassification, arguing it will harm investment.
The FCC plans to vote in February on petitions filed by Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C., over whether they should repeal state laws that either prohibit or limit a city or town's ability to build their own broadband networks, but it's clear that the commission's stance on the proposal is anything but equal.
The FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction is nearing the bitter end, with total provisional winning bids topping $44.68 billion and unlikely to go much higher. Now, attention is turning to what will happen once the auction officially closes--and how carriers will come up with the money to cover their bids.
It did not take long for the cable industry to speak out about President Barack Obama's call to overturn state laws that prohibit the buildout of municipal-run broadband networks, with the presidents of the National Cable Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and American Cable Association (ACA) issuing statements about how they think overturning such laws will cause damage.
Missouri has become the latest state to jump on the anti-municipal broadband bandwagon with the introduction of a new bill that would create barriers for local towns and cities that want to build their own broadband networks. FierceTelecom 's Sean Buckley has a complete report here.
Cable industry representatives responded pungently Wednesday to remarks made by President Barak Obama, who asked for the repeal of laws restricting towns and cities from setting up their own broadband networks.