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FCC Commissioner Carr announces order to upgrade wireless infrastructure, reduce bottlenecks

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Yesterday at the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA) free, virtual conference, Connect (X): All Access, Federal Communications Commissioner (FCC) Brendan Carr announced the FCC’s plans to clarify its rules to promote network upgrades on existing towers and other wireless sites. His comments are available here. The ruling will address state and local approval of wireless equipment modifications and clarify the definition of “substantial change”. …

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Lawsuit challenges FCC’s C-band reorganization, broadcasters want COVID-19 costs considered

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Video programming provider PSSI Global Services LLC (PSSI) is taking the FCC to court over the agency’s controversial reorganization of the C-band spectrum, arguing that the agency is crippling an entire industry. In February, the FCC adopted new rules to auction and make available 280 Megahertz of the 3.7-4.2 GHz band available for 5G Services while relocating existing satellite operations …

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FCC debuts new ‘safer’ seal that is more representative of current technologies

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In anticipation of its upcoming move to Washington’s NoMa district, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted a new FCC Seal.  The redesigned seal is the product of an agency-wide contest that solicited proposals from Commission employees and contractors.  The winning design was submitted by Umasankar Arumugam and selected by a vote of the agency’s employees and contractors. The revised design incorporates the …

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FCC moves closer to creating a $9 billion rural 5G fund a reality, contractors to benefit

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The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on establishing the 5G Fund for Rural America. 5G represents the next leap in mobile wireless technology, bringing significantly increased speeds, reduced latency, and better security than 4G LTE networks, and enabling cutting-edge applications and technologies benefitting consumers, businesses, precision agriculture, education, and healthcare. A FCC staff report on …

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FCC approves Ligado’s 5G network over strong protests about GPS concerns

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The FCC has approved, with conditions, Ligado’s application to deploy a low-power terrestrial nationwide network in the L-band that will primarily support 5G and Internet of Things (I0T) services. The Democratic and Republican leaders of both armed services committees called last week for rejecting Ligado’s plan. Last month, the departments of Interior, Commerce, Justice, Energy and Homeland Security all signed a …

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AT&T corrects 3,579 false broadband-coverage data filings it provided in 20 states

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Admitting to the FCC that it offered no broadband in 3,579 census blocks that it had previously reported as having broadband deployment in those blocks at speeds of at least 25Mbps downstream/3 Mbps upstream, AT&T filed a report identifying the errors. With Form 477 reports, ISPs are required to inform the FCC which blocks they offer service in. The agency …

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Infrastructure contractors and suppliers largely unscathed by Frontier’s bankruptcy

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In Frontier Communications’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing late Tuesday, the company said it expects to continue providing “quality service to its customers without interruption and work with its business partners as usual throughout the court supervised process.” The company offers internet services in 29 states and is expected to complete the sale to Northwest Fiber by the end of this …

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Trenton, NJ council chief joins Kool-Aid crowd and buys into coronavirus 5G conspiracy hoax

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Trenton, New Jersey City Council President Kathy McBride appears to easily accept a hoax and her most recent foray was falling for a 5G conspiracy deception along with other city council members that reportedly prompted them to draft a proposal (below) banning the construction of towers and antennas in New Jersey’s Capital, according to the Trentonian. A letter from a …

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Residents bite the hand that feeds them; judge doesn’t swallow test track tower denial wisdom

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A U.S. District Court Judge has ruled that the Township of Brighton, Michigan overstepped their authority in denying a Verizon application for two cell towers on General Motors’ 2,000-acre Milford Proving Ground complex that accounts for approximately 10% of the Township’s property. The facility, built in 1924, has approximately 4,000 employees, many of them Brighton residents whose 2010 census identified a …

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Pai proposes $200 million COVID-19 telehealth program

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The FCC is launching its new telehealth program aimed at using $200 million in new federal funding to improve broadband connectivity for connected health services. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled the new program yesterday, while at the same time providing an update on the agency’s Connected Care Pilot Program, which aims to improve telehealth access in remote and rural parts …

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Pandemic causes delays to two of the FCC’s auctions

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The FCC today announced schedule changes for Auction 105 as well as the postponement of Auction 106. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, these changes were deemed necessary in order to protect the health and safety of Commission staff and to allow parties additional time to prepare to participate in Auctions 105 and 106, the FCC said in a press release. “Many Americans …

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FCC approves rules for 10-year $20 billion broadband expansion fund

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The FCC voted this morning to approve the process for handing out $20 billion in subsidies to assist in closing the digital divide. Democrats on the commission, who dissented in part, were critical of the plan that has most of the money being spent before the FCC had figured out where it was most needed. The Report and Order adopted …

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KATC tower crash: Pilot was troubled, erratic and tower lights were working

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Scripps Broadcasting agreed to pay a $1.13 million fine to the FCC earlier this month for lighting violations on multiple tower structures. The settlement order adopted by the FCC started after an agency investigation began after a small plane crashed into KATC’s TV tower near Kaplan, Louisiana on August 31, 2018. Although the FCC Enforcement Bureau said that it found …

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Miller digs into obstacles of broadband deployment, providing solutions to U.S. Senate committee

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National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) Chairman Jimmy Miller, President at MillerCo, Inc. in Gulfport, Mississippi, provided expert witness testimony at this morning’s U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing in Washington, D.C. regarding “The 5G Workforce and Obstacles to Broadband Deployment”. The hearing was convened by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, …

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Macro towers, 20K more trained tower techs and new skill sets needed to roll out 5G says FCC

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Although small cells and 5G were high on the list of topics during yesterday’s U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation’s hearing on Industries of the Future, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly emphasized that  5G deployment requires more than just sound spectrum policy to be successful, and macro towers and additional worker skill sets are needed “It will need a …

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FCC estimates six million rural homes and businesses could benefit from opportunity fund

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced initial estimates of how many homes and businesses in each state could benefit from Phase I of the $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. In total, about 6 million rural homes and businesses could be eligible for bidding in an auction slated for later this year to receive funding for high-speed broadband.  This …

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Scripps pays $1,130,000 to FCC to settle tower lighting issues

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Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC has agreed to pay a $1,130,000 penalty to settle an FCC investigation into malfunctioning TV tower lights used to alert nearby airplanes. The settlement order adopted by the FCC concludes an agency investigation that began after a small plane crashed into a TV tower near Kaplan, Louisiana in 2018. The tower was operated by a subsidiary …

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Ninth inning for T-Mobile merger begins Wednesday with closing arguments

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Final arguments in the T-Mobile-Sprint merger lawsuit are slated for this Wednesday and it’s expected that U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero will issue a ruling in February. Last week, states suing to block the $26.5 billion mega merger said in a filing that the deal’s previous approval by the Justice Department and the FCC shouldn’t carry any weight in deliberations …

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NATE welcomes upcoming vote on $20.4 billion rural digital opportunity fund

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has announced the final rules associated with the new $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. The rules, are slated to be voted on by FCC Commissioners at the agency’s January 30 Open Meeting. NATE today released the following statement on the FCC’s announcement related to the fund. “In April 2019, NATE representatives participated in a …