House Lawmakers Press to Expand U.S. Broadband
House lawmakers are looking to bring legislation to shift federal funds for telephone service to broadband to markup in short order, and today called on the Federal Communications Commission to expedite a pilot program that would explore the costs of such a measure.
From Networking Daily, May 26, 2010
AT&T Offers Times Square Wi-Fi
AT&T today announced the launch of an AT&T Wi-Fi "hotzone" in New York City's Times Square. The pilot comes as AT&T looks for offload strategies in major markets like Manhattan and San Francisco, where the carrier has admitted its network performance has suffered.
From Wireless Week, May 25, 2010
Colorado Dept of Transportation uses microwave backhaul for high-res video surveillance
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible for a 9,134 mile highway system throughout the state, including 3,406 bridges
From MuniWireless, May 25, 2010
Gahanna, Ohio gets citywide Wi-Fi service
Gahanna, Ohio is the latest Ohio community to get large scale Wi-Fi coverage, thanks to a local ISP called HighSpeedAir. The service is open to residents, businesses and government employees of Gahanna. Part of the city’s Broadband Initiative, the primary goals of this system are to enhance public safety and improve the city’s operational efficiencies, while also offering a valuable broadband service option to the community that is now available to the public to purchase.
From MuniWireless, May 24, 2010
Russia's Yota picks LTE over WiMax for expansion
Russian wireless telecoms firm Yota said it decided to develop Long-Term Evolution technology, dealing a major blow to competing standard WiMax, of which it is currently one of the world's top operators.
From Reuters, May 21, 2010
FCC Frees up 25MHz of Wireless Spectrum for Broadband
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has adopted rules that would allow mobile broadband providers to offer services on a 25MHz band of spectrum that's been controversial because of interference concerns from satellite radio provider Sirius XM Radio and other users of nearby spectrum.
From PC World, May 20, 2010
Bharti criticises 'inflated prices' in India's 3G sale
The UK's Vodafone and Indian rivals Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications paid between $1.8bn and $2.6bn each for third generation mobile phone spectrum in India, in an auction that will raise concerns about the financial sustainability of the sector.
The soaring cost of the auction, which fetched prices well beyond analysts' estimates, raised Rs677.2bn ($14.5bn) in total for the government.
From Financial Times, May 20, 2010
Motorola rolls out higher-speed wireless for gov't, emergency workers
Schaumburg-based Motorola Inc. Monday touted its new line of wireless broadband networks, products and services for police and fire departments that will roll out later this year and early next year.
From Chicago Daily Herald, May 18, 2010
Boris pledges a wifi London by 2012
Boris Johnson today pledged to made London the world's biggest internet hotspot by 2012.
From London Evening Standard, May 18, 2010
FCC Lauds Verizon Rural 4G Effort
The FCC had kind words for Verizon Wireless' plan to license its 4G spectrum to rural carriers, which could help expand the reach of Verizon's LTE network into remote and under-served areas.
From Wireless Week, May 13, 2010