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July 09, 2018 | Comments
A Florida magistrate judge recommended denial of a preliminary injunction request from Sprint to stop Florida-based Nextel World (NW) and Retrobrands from selling radio products under the Nextel name. Judge Lurana Snow cited Sprint’s delay in requesting the injunction and failure to prove that there was a likelihood that Sprint will prevail on the merits of its case, two components required in determining if an injunction is appropriate.

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July 09, 2018 | Comments
Public safety came out in strong support of the 4.9 GHz band, again suggesting critical-infrastructure industries (CII) be given access to the band but strongly opposing further unlicensed or licensed access. Only a few entities filed comments requesting the band be opened to commercial services.

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July 09, 2018 | Comments
The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) submitted comments supporting a Globalstar request for the FCC to issue a notice of inquiry (NOI) into the cause of Globalstar experiencing a 2 dB rise in the noise floor of its licensed 5 GHz spectrum. The FCC has allowed unlicensed use on a shared basis in the 5 GHz band, and Globalstar requested the NOI to gather additional information and help determine the cause.

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July 09, 2018 | Comments
The control system in Norway now supports a pilot emergency short message service (SMS) from Frequentis for users who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disorders in Norway.

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July 06, 2018 | Comments
TCCA hosted an initial meeting of device manufacturers, application developers, mobile network operators (MNOs) and user agency representatives to share information and ideas regarding testing and certification of future mission-critical broadband products.

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July 06, 2018 | Comments
Scientific experts recommended that some National Toxicology Program (NTP) conclusions be changed to indicate stronger levels of evidence that cellphone radiofrequency radiation (RFR) caused tumors in rats. The experts met to review the conclusions of research released in February on the health effect of high RF exposure.

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July 06, 2018 | Comments
President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate William Bryan to be the under secretary for science and technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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July 05, 2018 | Comments
The second European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) mission-critical push to talk (MCPTT) Plugtests attracted 31 vendors with 120 participants on site, plus support from remote labs. Observers from nine organizations based in France, the United Kingdom and the United States witnessed the execution of more than 2,000 tests, based on a test plan with more than 100 test cases, with a 92 percent success rate.

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July 05, 2018 | Comments
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FCC reached a settlement with an amateur radio operator for intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators’ transmissions and failing to provide station identification when transmitting. The FCC worked with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania to reach an agreement with Brian Crow arising from an FCC forfeiture order that found his behavior violated the Communications Act and the FCC’s rules.

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July 05, 2018 | Comments
KT, a South Korean telecommunications operator, unveiled a next-generation platform for disaster and safety management. The SYSHIP platform operates a special aircraft and a mobile communication center to remotely control drones and robots that carry out search-and-rescue operations for disaster survivors.

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