The Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration unit has asked for new rules from the Federal Communications Commission regarding prioritizing wireless calls for first responders during emergencies, noting that the regulations have not changed in 18 years.
Noncommercial use must be protected if the Federal Communications Commission opens up C-band spectrum for wireless broadband service, said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Texas, and chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee. Internet service providers and broadcasters are worried about interference if the FCC approves a draft plan to share the 3.7-4.2 gigahertz spectrum.
Rural wireless carriers may one day provide service via a network of cell towers contained in a box if Spencer Sevilla's tests pan out. The University of Washington researcher's team is prepping the next round of trials for IslandCell, a 20-pound box containing tower hardware that could support service for 6 miles even without an internet connection.
Westonka Public Schools in Minnesota has initiated a program that teaches high-school students how to repair the district's broken electronics. The Westonka Technology Interns program has taught students valuable skills, says Sue Simonson, a business and technology teacher.
Sprint will contribute its Magic Box small cells and other connectivity technology to BOSS Controls' energy-as-a-service project, which is part of Pittsburgh's smart city effort. The Sprint cells will work with Wi-Fi service and LTE modems to link about 100 buildings in an effort to save power and cut energy costs in the city.
Aon recently announced the development of their Intellectual Property Solution group, which can provide meaningful IP liability insurance capacity. "Building and protecting a valuable IP portfolio while minimizing IP risks will help a company strategically stay ahead of its competitors," said Lewis Lee, CEO of IP Solutions at Aon. Earlier this year, Aon announced the creation of its Intellectual Property Solutions group, which provides industry knowledge for clients working to holistically protect and maximize one of their most valuable assets -- their intellectual property -- in today's business world. Read more.
Charter Communications has become the second cable company to launch cell service based on the wholesale model, and it announced a pricing plan similar to Comcast's Xfinity Mobile. Both offer a $45-a-month plan for each line with 20 gigabytes of data, as well as a pay-per-gig rate.
A pair of senators introduced a bipartisan measure last week aimed at speeding installation of small cell sites, in part by mandating that jurisdictions make decisions on applications within 60 to 90 days. Competitive Carriers Association President Steven Berry said the measure would put "reasonable processes and timelines in place for small cell applications."