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Overview of the FCC’s 5G FAST Plan by Alan Hearty

The FCC has created a comprehensive outline for supporting 5G technology. The department has put together a broad strategy called the 5G FAST Plan (“Facilitate America’s Superiority in 5G Technology”). This article reviews the Plan’s main points...

5G, Alan Hearty

California Wildfires Highlight Wireless Vulnerabilities by Alan Hearty

In a previous installment, we discussed the issues associated with resilience in the nation’s wireless networks, particularly in connection with recovery after disaster situations such as hurricanes. Continuing that discussion, we will examine...

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FCC Re-examines Wireless Resiliency Framework by Alan Hearty

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently re-examining the Wireless Resiliency Cooperative Framework. The Framework was put together in 2016 for the purpose of creating a voluntary commitment by mobile carriers to promote resilient...

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New Bill Focuses On Government Spectrum Valuation by Alan Hearty

In the race to 5G, access to and management of the spectrum will be a critical factor. Next generation 5G networks will require the broad use of the spectrum in order to support U.S. competitiveness in the wireless sector. Recently, the ...

Government Spectrum Valuation Act, Alan Hearty

FCC Launches Its First 5G Auction by Alan Hearty

The U.S. continues its march towards implementing and refining 5G wireless technology. This technology enables faster internet speeds, Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, and other promising applications. In its strategy to facilitate 5G...

5G Auction, Alan Hearty

Lawsuit Challenges California Net Neutrality Law by Alan Hearty

In a previous post, we examined the ways that net neutrality applies to wireless cell networks. Specifically, we looked at important issues such as the effect of net neutrality on wireless innovation, as well as the unique bandwidth issues...

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Pacific Grove Votes to Allow Wireless Installation by Alan Hearty

The City of Pacific Grove, California recently voted to allow the installation of a wireless cell phone tower behind a local high school. The city council voted 5-2 in favor of allowing the new wireless facility to be constructed. The approval...

Cell Towers, Alan Hearty

Huawei Continues Seeking U.S. Market Access by Alan Hearty

Along with the technological advancements of wireless infrastructures come various challenges, especially with regards to competition and consumer protection. In particular, access to American markets by foreign companies carries with it a number...

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"FCC Addresses Emergency Alert Geotargeting" by Alan Hearty

In a previous blog post, we examined various trends regarding cell phone service during states of emergency. Specifically, one of the issues mentioned was that of Wireless Emergency Alerts, or WEA. The WEA system is a public safety tool that...

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Carpenter v. U.S.: Limitations & Implications by Alan Hearty

Carpenter v. United States: Limitations and Implications

In June 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated opinion in Carpenter v. United States. There, the court held that a warrant is needed in order for police to access cell...

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