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June 09, 2020 | Comments
The FCC took steps to foster the growth of next-generation data services enabled by the transition of digital television (DTV) to the ATSC 3.0 standard. That standard expands the potential ancillary and supplemental uses of broadcast spectrum for new and innovative services, such as autonomous vehicles, public safety and telemedicine.

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June 09, 2020 | Comments
The U.S. Senate released a report titled “Threats to U.S. Networks: Oversight of Chinese Government-Owned Carriers” as a staff report from the permanent subcommittee on investigations.

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June 09, 2020 | Comments
In a 3-2 partisan vote, the FCC took action to overrule local and state governments that want authority to stop cell tower upgrades. The commission said in a statement the action will expedite equipment upgrades to deploy next-generation networks, which are critical to expanding economic opportunities and supporting public health and safety in American communities.

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June 08, 2020 | Comments
With increasing pressure on governments and authorities to respond faster, more effectively and with real-time insights into emergencies, disasters and crises, there’s never been a more urgent need for a step change in public-safety communications. Bringing new connectivity, capacity and capability, mobile broadband holds the key.

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June 08, 2020 | Comments
NextNav representatives highlighted continued progress in constructing its vertical location network. NextNav’s vertical location network will be available for use in 105 cellular market areas (CMAs) before the April 2021 deadline for the provision of 3-meter 9-1-1 accurate vertical location information to support public safety in the largest 25 CMAs, the company said in an FCC filing.

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June 08, 2020 | Comments
The Fixed Wireless Communications Coalition (FWCC) submitted a pleading in support of the petition for stay in the 6 GHz proceeding filed by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International in May.

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June 02, 2020 | Comments
Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum represents a major opportunity for utilities, oil and gas companies, and other entities that operate mission-critical communications networks. Recent initiatives that call for grid modernization and digitization are driving critical infrastructure industries (CII) to move beyond their legacy narrowband communications and advance to private broadband solutions.

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June 02, 2020 | Comments
Polaris Wireless submitted a petition requesting the FCC to release an emergency declaratory ruling reaffirming the deadlines established in the fifth report and order on 9-1-1 location technology. Polaris said the Z-axis proceedings have reached a critical point that necessitates such clarity if the deadlines set by the commission are to be met. Polaris said the FCC should dismiss without prejudice the “alternative proposals belatedly and hastily advanced by certain interests.”

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June 02, 2020 | Comments
The FCC’s report and order permitting unlicensed operations on 1,200 megahertz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band was published in the Federal Register May 26, setting July 27 as the effective date for the new rules.

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May 29, 2020 | Comments
The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International filed two formal petitions regarding the FCC’s new 6 GHz rules, approved last month.

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