Regulatory | Spectrum

September 17, 2019 | Comments
The Department of Energy (DOE) expressed concerns with the FCC’s proposal to allow unlicensed devices in the 6 GHz band and said the commission should allocate dedicated spectrum for the energy and water industries.

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September 16, 2019 | Comments
L3Harris Technologies completed the previously announced sale of the Harris Night Vision business to Elbit Systems of America for $350 million in cash.

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September 13, 2019 | Comments
The FCC denied a waiver request from a Midwest utility but granted a separate waiver request from a Texas oil refinery.

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September 13, 2019 | Comments
The FCC’s Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) Lisa Fowlkes asked nation’s largest wireless providers what steps they are taking to help keep wireless service available for public-safety officials and residents if power shutdowns occur and what steps they are taking generally to maintain service in the event of wildfires.

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September 13, 2019 | Comments
Motorola Solutions’ Citizens’ Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)-based private broadband solution, MOTOTRBO Nitro, will participate in the FCC’s initial commercial deployment (ICD) phase, expected to begin in September and last 30 – 90 days depending on the deployment.

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September 12, 2019 | Comments
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly took Montana Gov. Steve Bullock to task for his state’s diversion of 9-1-1 fees in 2018 to allegedly pay college professors.

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September 12, 2019 | Comments
The FCC requested comment on petitions for declaratory ruling and rulemaking filed by the Boulder Regional Emergency Telephone Service Authority (BRETSA) in Colorado to ensure interoperability with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

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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 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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