Tag: FCC

FCC opens 95GHz to 3THz spectrum for ‘6G, 7G, or whatever’ is next

Commercial 5G networks are barely operational in the United States right now, but that hasn’t stopped engineers from thinking ahead to 6G — and the U.S. government wants to facilitate their experiments over the next decade. After a unanimous vote, the FCC is opening “terahertz wave” spectrum for experimental purposes, creating legal ways for companies […]

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FCC opens 24GHz mmWave 5G auction, includes deals for rural bidders

Nearly two months after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concluded its lengthy auction of 28GHz millimeter wave spectrum, the agency will today begin a similar auction for 24GHz millimeter wave spectrum. For major and smaller carriers alike, today’s auction represents the last opportunity to obtain early rights to transmit on 5G’s high-bandwidth but short-distance frequencies […]

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‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’ Rings In A Robocall Prank On The FCC

[embedded content] Share This Video Season Six of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is now underway, and Oliver wasted no time getting to a problem that has only been getting worse: robocalls. An estimated 26.3 billion robocalls were made to U.S. phones in 2018, a 46% rise from 2017, and the problem is growing. […]

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T-Mobile launches 5G website to hype Sprint merger and rural broadband

Ever since T-Mobile agreed to acquire Sprint last April, the companies have referred to the merged entity as “New T-Mobile,” suggesting that their combined assets will be more than the sum of their parts — if regulators approve the deal. With that approval process taking longer than expected, the companies today launched NewTMobile.com, a site that hypes […]

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FCC’s 28GHz mmWave 5G auction ends, raising millions but leaving questions

Though the Federal Communications Commission officially closed its doors more than a month ago, due to the U.S. government shutdown, the agency kept enough staff around for a critical 5G development: Auction 101, the sale of 28GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum licenses covering the United States. After 38 days and 176 rounds of bidding, Auction […]

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Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

Photo: Getty Images Thanks to a Federal Communications Commission vote last week, wireless carriers now have more control over your text messages. If that sounds ominous, that’s because it is—so much so that now’s the perfect time to ditch regular ol’ text messaging altogether. Here’s the deal: The FCC’s decision means wireless carriers now have […]

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Truecaller: Spam calls jumped over 300% in 2018

According to the yearly report published by Stockholm-based phone number-identification service Truecaller, spam calls grew by 300 percent year-over-year in 2018. The report also found that telecom operators themselves are much to blame. Between January and October of this year, Truecaller said, users worldwide received about 17.7 billion spam calls. That’s up from some 5.5 […]

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FCC Votes to Classify Text Messages as Information Service, Gives Carriers More Power

The Federal Communications Commission has voted this week on a party-line vote to classify text messages in a specific way that will give wireless carriers even more power. The FCC has officially voted to classify text messages as an information service, which means carriers will have more power over text messages moving forward. According to […]

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Apple sleep monitor clears FCC, hinting at future of Beddit devices

After purchasing Finnish sleep tracker accessory maker Beddit in May 2017, Apple shut down Beddit’s cloud service, cutting off new users this September and prior users last month. But the company apparently isn’t done releasing Beddit devices, as a new Apple-branded sleep monitor has just cleared the FCC, suggesting that the company will continue to address […]

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Microsoft increases rural broadband commitment, pledges to reach 3 million people by 2022

A year ago, Microsoft announced its Rural Airband initiative, pledging to bring broadband to 2 million rural residents in the U.S. by 2022 through unused TV white spaces. Today, Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a phone interview with VentureBeat that the project is running ahead of schedule, and the company says it now expects […]

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LeoSat plans 5G-ready low latency satellite network for 2019 launch

Though satellite-based phone and internet services have developed reputations for offering slower service than terrestrial alternatives, the FCC recently approved next-generation satellite networks that promise improved performance. Now one of the approved providers, LeoSat Networks, says that it will offer 5G cellular-rivaling low latency that could be used either as a premium 5G alternative, or as […]

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FCC lets U.S. phones access EU satellites for 3-foot location accuracy

Until now, consumer devices sold in the United States have relied upon imprecise data from U.S.-developed GPS and Russian GLONASS satellites for location tracking services, but that’s about to change for the better. The FCC has voted to allow U.S. consumers to access more precise data from European Galileo satellites, improving location accuracy in some cases […]

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