Trump, carriers to meet about advanced wireless tech | Who could take over Clyburn's FCC seat? | Sprint sees speeds up to 330 Mbps in Massive MIMO test
June 22, 2017
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Trump, carriers to meet about advanced wireless tech
Trump to meet with carriers on advanced wireless tech
Trump (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump is expected to meet today with representatives from several carriers -- including T-Mobile and Sprint -- along with other firms to discuss the development of breakthroughs in such areas as 5G, universal broadband and drones. Also, Trump pledged in a speech to farmers Wednesday to boost rural broadband services as part of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package.
Reuters (6/21),  Bloomberg (6/21) 
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Advocacy Spotlight
Who could take over Clyburn's FCC seat?
Who could potentially take over Clyburn's FCC seat?
Clyburn (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
While it has not yet been decided if the Federal Communications Commission's Mignon Clyburn will stay in her role past her tenure, names of potential replacements are floating around Capitol Hill. Chanelle Hardy, Danny Sepulveda, Roger Sherman, Gigi Sohn, Joseph Wender and Tim Wu are reportedly potential replacements for the second Democratic seat if Clyburn departs.
Multichannel News (6/19) 
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Carrier Watch
Sprint sees speeds up to 330 Mbps in Massive MIMO test
Sprint said its real-world test of 2.5 GHz-based Massive MIMO antenna technology produced speeds that peaked at 330 megabits per second over a 20 MHz channel at a South Korean site with Samsung Electronics gear.
FierceWireless (6/20),  FierceWireless (6/20) 
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C Spire speeds up LTE via 2.5 GHz in more than 40 markets
C Spire has beefed up its 4G network in highly trafficked areas of its Mississippi region so that subscribers can reach download speeds of up to 100 megabits per second, compared with previous limits of as high as 12 Mbps. The regional telecom upgraded parts of over 40 cities using 2.5 GHz-based carrier aggregation technology, C Spire said.
Telecompetitor (6/19) 
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Technology and Trends
T-Mobile asks FCC for LTE-U test clearance
T-Mobile has requested federal approval for a six-month test of LTE-Unlicensed gear in 30 US locations, starting June 28. In a Federal Communications Commission petition, T-Mobile said it wants to run the technology outside a lab but within "a controlled and managed manner" largely via the unlicensed 5 GHz band.
FierceWireless (6/20) 
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Galaxy Note 8 release reportedly planned for Aug.
Samsung will release its Galaxy Note 8 during an event in New York City in August, a source says. It's expected that the new device will feature a curved screen along with two rear cameras.
Reuters (6/20) 
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FirstNet delivers initial state plans
FirstNet and AT&T have released the initial state plans explaining deployment of the public-safety network, and some states could begin using prioritized FirstNet broadband service shortly. The plans, distributed through online portals, describe services, coverage and subscription pricing, and future updates will include the fees for each state if they opt out.
Urgent Communications (6/19) 
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CCA News
Standardized data is required to ensure USF support reaches areas in-need
This week, in a hearing entitled, "The Universal Service Fund and Rural Broadband Investment," the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet examined the FCC's USF and its capabilities for the deployment of broadband in rural America. The data collection process currently utilized by the FCC vastly overstates covered areas across the country, and standardized, accurate data is needed to ensure unserved or underserved areas receive the USF support they need. CCA commended the Subcommittee for holding the hearing and thanks Eric Graham of C Spire, a CCA member, for testifying on behalf of competitive carriers. Read more.
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