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September 11, 2019 | Comments
Wireless carriers continue to lobby the FCC through the CTIA trade association on indoor location accuracy requirements, pushing for phased-in ±3-meter Z-axis accuracy requirements and pointing out challenges with the National Emergency Address Database (NEAD), which would provide dispatchable locations to 9-1-1 centers.

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September 10, 2019 | Comments
The question of when Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks might replace LMR systems is an ongoing industry debate. During recent months, I have covered several industry stories that lead me to think full replacement might never happen, and if it does, it’s going to take a long time — at least 20 years.

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September 09, 2019 | Comments
The FCC is seeking comment on procedural changes that, if adopted, the commission said would streamline many administrative hearings under the Communications Act of 1934.

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September 09, 2019 | Comments
The FCC reported that one public-safety answering point (PSAP), Dorchester Dispatch Center in South Carolina, was down Sept. 6 with calls rerouted to the Summerville, South Carolina, PSAP following Hurricane Dorian. By Sept 7, no outages affecting PSAPs in the disaster area were reported.

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September 06, 2019 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai introduced a plan to provide $950 million in funding to carriers to assist the deployment of “high-speed, storm-hardened” networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI).

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September 05, 2019 | Comments
A Sept. 4 report from the FCC, reported no public-safety answering points (PSAPs) were down in the U.S. area affected by Hurricane Dorian.

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September 04, 2019 | Comments
Piper Networks filed a request for waiver of FCC rules to allow Piper to obtain equipment authorization for installation and operation of its enhanced transit location system (ETLS), a train positioning system for use on subway and commuter trains in urban and outdoor areas.

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September 03, 2019 | Comments
Barrett Communications announced two new certifications for its products. In August, the FCC certified the Barrett 4075 500-watt and 1,000-watt high power high-frequency (HF) transmitter series for U.S. operation.

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September 03, 2019 | Comments
The National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) released the first annual report showing continuing efforts to repurpose parts of the nation’s RF spectrum to meet the future communications needs of commercial and federal users. The report shows that the United States already leads the world in spectrum available for 5G technology and is working to more than double the radio spectrum available for the next generation of wireless network technology.

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September 03, 2019 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said staff have been working throughout the holiday weekend to prepare for Hurricane Dorian.

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