The Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules to clear spectrum in the 95 gigahertz to 3 terahertz frequencies for experimental use to spur technological breakthroughs in communications and set the stage for 6G and beyond. The FCC will make the experimental licenses valid for up to 10 years and has opened up 21.2 GHz of spectrum in that range for testing unlicensed devices.
Analysts are skeptical that consumers will embrace foldable phones that have hit the market at upward of $2,000 even as the prices of new high-end handsets have risen to as much as $1,500. Industry observers blame the trend on fewer people buying new phones, more expensive parts and the end of amortizing prices over a two-year contract.
The new version of Rupert Murdoch's Fox, divested of its movie and TV properties, is ready to cover the news under the watchful eye of Lachlan Murdoch, who does not have his father's relationship with President Donald Trump. The company is also gearing up for a Washington, D.C., fight as it throws its lobbying weight behind a desired end to the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization.
The Federal Communications Commission has adopted an order that opens up the "white spaces" between TV channels for use by computers and wireless devices as part of an effort to provide equitable digital access in rural areas. The National Association of Broadcasters has praised the FCC for making the inclusion of geolocation capabilities mandatory as part of a plan to minimize TV interference by white space devices.
Beginning in May, Nielsen will replace its quarterly radio ratings diary with a system for continuous, rolling measurement that provides reports each month on the previous three months. The new system should allow broadcasters to be more responsive to changing audiences.
The Justice Department will host a workshop in May to educate antitrust officials on how TV mergers should be examined and rated when competition from technology companies is considered. The move comes as the Federal Communications Commission's Michael O'Rielly criticizes DOJ standards, saying that the department treats TV stations unfairly.
ABC Radio executive Steve Jones has announced that he will leave his post to become chief operating officer and president of Skyview Networks. Jones led his team to numerous awards and played a major role in developing the division's portfolio of podcasts, and the network is grateful for his contributions over the years, wrote James Goldston, president of ABC News.
A Las Vegas hotel is using Aruba products, including the vendor's 802.11ac Wave 2 access points, to install "smart room" technologies that include internet of things capabilities. Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino plans to put Aruba's wireless, wired, security and location services products to work in existing rooms and in a 500-room addition that will open next year.
Fixed wireless provider Rise Broadband is bullish on 60 MHz and TV white space technologies to bring download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to its rural customers across 16 states, says Jeff Kohler, co-founder.
Infovista is hoping for better results in the software-defined WAN market with the relaunching of its Ipanema SD-WAN, now featuring application intelligence for better performance. The revised product includes an application database and a cloud-based orchestrator.