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March 20, 2020 | Comments
The FCC granted a request from Hudson County, New Jersey, for special temporary authority (STA) to operate its travelers’ information station (TIS) at 100 watts, rather than 10 watts as limited by the FCC’s rules. Hudson County filed the request to expand the TIS signal’s reach during the national- and state-level emergencies associated with the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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March 20, 2020 | Comments
The FCC extended the deadline for certain licensees in the 3.65 – 3.7 GHz band to transition existing Part 90 operations, used to provide high-speed broadband, utility communications and other essential wireless services, to the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). Part 90 licensees that would have been required to transition before Oct. 17 now have until Oct. 17 to complete their transitions.

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March 20, 2020 | Comments
To help countries better manage disaster response activities at a time when the frequency, intensity and human and economic impact of disasters is on the rise worldwide, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) launched new guidelines for the development and implementation of National Emergency Telecommunication Plans.

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March 19, 2020 | Comments
The FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau granted Verizon’s request for special temporary authority (STA) to use additional spectrum to help meet increased customer demand for broadband during the coronavirus pandemic.

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March 19, 2020 | Comments
President Donald Trump renominated FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for a new five-year term. The U.S. Senate must now confirm O’Rielly’s new term.

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March 17, 2020 | Comments
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the commission will use “physics” and “sound engineering analysis” to decide on the best use of the 6 GHz band, while CTIA backed a report that suggested relocating fixed wireless incumbents to 7 or 8 GHz.

“At the end of the day, our decision on how to best use the 6 GHz band will be driven by a simple test: What is in the public interest?” Pai said.

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March 16, 2020 | Comments
The FCC provided guidance to commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) providers on filing certifications of compliance with the E9-1-1 location accuracy benchmark that requires CMRS providers to provide, as of April 3, dispatchable location or X, Y location (latitude and longitude) information within a tolerance of 50 meters for 70% of all wireless 9-1-1 calls. CMRS providers must certify compliance with this benchmark no later than June 2.

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March 16, 2020 | Comments
The House subcommittee on communications and technology forwarded numerous emergency communications-related bills, including the Don't Break Up the T-Band Act of 2019, to the full Energy Committee last week. Many of the bill were discussed during a House hearing last month.

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March 16, 2020 | Comments
Several carriers announced plans to boost communications for first responders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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March 14, 2020 | Comments
Public-safety and other industry groups told the FCC how important the 5.9 GHz band is for many traffic and public-safety related applications and to reconsider allowing unlicensed operation in the band.

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