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March 22, 2019 | Comments
Public-safety and critical infrastructure industries (CII) entities received backing from the National Football League (NFL) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) proponents in opposing unlicensed operations in the 6 GHz band. However, heavyweights such as Boeing, Apple and other high-tech firms are all advocating for the FCC to open the band to unlicensed users.

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March 19, 2019 | Comments
The FCC proposed sweeping changes to the 900 MHz band, suggesting a realignment to create broadband licenses and moving incumbent narrowband licensees to other spectrum within the band. The proposal is a win for pdvWireless CEO Morgan O’Brian, who has been advocating for 900 MHz broadband for more than four years.

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March 19, 2019 | Comments
The National 911 Program and the National Conference of State Legislatures made available a summary of key 2018 enacted legislation around 9-1-1 services.

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March 18, 2019 | Comments
Motorola Solutions entered the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) market with a new product line, dubbed MOTOTRBO Nitro, which will interoperate with its MOTOTRBO two-way radio networks. The company announced the new line at its Channel Partner Expo March 18 and expects channel partners to be the main selling points for the new offering.

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March 15, 2019 | Comments
The FCC adopted new rules to encourage the development of new communications technologies and expedite the deployment of new services in the spectrum above 95 GHz. Radio technology advancements have made these bands especially ripe for new development, the commission said.

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March 15, 2019 | Comments
The FCC sided with public safety and proposed a vertical (Z axis) location accuracy metric of ±3 meters relative to the handset for 80 percent of indoor wireless 9-1-1 calls. The new rules will help first responders more accurately locate people who make wireless 9-1-1 calls from multistory buildings.

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March 14, 2019 | Comments
800 MHz reconfiguration on the Mexican border continues with all of the 127 frequency reconfiguration agreements (FRAs) anticipated for Mexican border licensees negotiated and submitted to the Transition Administrator (TA). Three National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC) regions — one in California and two in Texas — are still clearing channels, according to the TA’s quarterly report for end-2018 submitted March 1 to the FCC.

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March 11, 2019 | Comments
The Monitoring Association (TMA), formerly the Central Station Alarm Association, filed a petition for partial reconsideration of the FCC’s October 2018 report and order outlining new Part 90 rules.

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March 11, 2019 | Comments
An International Telecommunication Union (ITU) global forum to help countries protect and save more lives through the better use of emergency telecommunications was held 6 – 8 March. The Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-19), Balaclava, Mauritius, reaffirmed the importance of preparedness efforts and released recommendations for new technology.

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March 07, 2019 | Comments
The FCC deleted certain rules related to the opt-out provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 that have been rendered moot by the passage of time. Specifically, the commission deleted those rules adopted to implement the “opt-out” provisions of the legislation, in light of the fact that no state or territory chose to exercise that option within the statutory timeframe.

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