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April 18, 2018 | Comments
A new white paper from TCCA said new technologies are not yet suitable for mission-critical supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) applications, such as smart grid management, river level monitoring, oil and gas applications or civil defense warnings. This is primarily due to the lack of in-built resilience and the use of unlicensed spectrum.

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April 18, 2018 | Comments
The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) asked lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee on energy to require the FCC to hold regular meetings about spectrum with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
The FCC released a final report on the Sept. 27, 2017, third nationwide test of the emergency alert system (EAS).

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
In a public notice, the FCC disseminated lessons learned from major network outages and reminded communications service providers to review industry best practices to ensure network reliability. The commission also touted its new network reliability page on its website to help ensure that network providers, public-safety entities and the public can readily find the FCC’s work in promoting industry best practices.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
Microwave equipment manufacturer Aviat Networks launched a website that allows industry officials to sign an ex parte letter petitioning the FCC to oppose frequency sharing at 6 GHz.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
At the FCC’s April 17 meeting, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn announced that it would be her last FCC meeting as a commissioner. No further details about her departure date or future plans were given.

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April 17, 2018 | Comments
The FCC proposed prohibiting money from the $8.5 billion a year Universal Service Fund (USF) from being spent on equipment or services from suppliers that raise national security concerns. Chinese firms are not named in the FCC notice but several Chinese firms have been targeted by the U.S. government as security threats.<

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April 16, 2018 | Comments
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced a five-year cooperative research and development (R&D) agreement with the University of Colorado Boulder to develop a wireless test bed. NTIA’s Boulder-based Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) will work with the university to install spectrum-monitoring sensors throughout the CU Boulder campus, with data to be available to both parties for spectrum management research.

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April 13, 2018 | Comments
EE was allocated 3.54 – 3.58 GHz spectrum in the U.K. 4G and 5G airwaves auction, paying an additional £1 million (US$1.4 million) from the assignment stage. EE won the 40 megahertz of 3.4 GHz spectrum at a cost of £302.6 million (US$431.4 million) in the assignment stage.

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April 12, 2018 | Comments
The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) asked for federal funds to research and develop technologies that would ensure utilities have resilient communications systems to recover from black sky events in a letter to Congress. UTC said various federal agencies should be encouraged to understand the cross-sector interdependencies that exist so solutions can be developed to address these interdependencies.

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