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Updating FCC Broadband Coverage Map Critical to Rural Expansion

The FCC’s National Broadband Map is outdated and updating it is key to any infrastructure package hoping to boost the nation’s high speed internet. Several witnesses speaking at a House Communications Subcommittee hearing Wednesday suggested the FCC continue to concentrate on ensuring areas that don’t have broadband at all are targeted by public and private investment rather than upgrading areas that do have some broadband service.

Subcommittee Chair Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and full House Commerce Committee Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) said they intend to learn from past mistakes and get the map right first before distributing any federal funds.

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With 100 Fewer Employees, Can The FCC Get Its Job Done?

From left: FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Chairman Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly appeared before Senators Tuesday afternoon. Photos by Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers

The FCC’s budget request for fiscal year 2018 is $322 million, a more than five percent decrease from this year; if approved by Congress, the agency would also have 100 fewer full-time employees as the administration works to reduce the size of the federal workforce. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) said during a hearing Tuesday afternoon on the FCC’s budget that “while the agency’s funding is offset by fees that does not minimize our duty to ensure that the agency is operating effectively and the funds are being spent responsibly.”

Several Senators on the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee asked how the FCC can do its job with fewer resources and people. Chairman Ajit Pai said despite having fewer employees now, the agency has doubled the amount of items it gets done in public meetings compared to a year ago.

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To Broadband or Not to Broadband…That is the Question in Lake County

Municipally-owned broadband is a complex and controversial topic under debate. Many local governments, including Lake County, Minnesota, believe that controlling broadband is the only way to bring advanced services to the community, reported the Lake County News Chronicle. However, there are many financial commitments to build, operate, and maintain a network, with risks associated with the move.

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Sprint, Samsung Team Up for Massive MIMO Test

To usher in the new era of wireless technology, carriers are working extensively with equipment manufacturers to deliver high-speed services capable of supporting a burgeoning wireless network. Sprint and Samsung, for example, recently partnered to test Massive MIMO (Multiple Input, Multiple Output) in Suwon, South Korea, which is a key step in improving the carrier’s LTE network plus its future 5G network, the companies said in a release.

The test yielded impressive results, as the gigantic MIMO Samsung radios “equipped with vertical and horizontal beam-forming technology” achieved peak speeds of 330 Mbps per channel using a 20 MHz channel on 2.5 GHz of spectrum.

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Williston Park Board to Give Verizon Green Light on Rooftop Facility

The Village of Williston Park Board of Trustees took a big step toward giving Verizon official approval to install antennas and a backup power generator atop a commercial building. Now, the board is awaiting the draft of a written decision from the village attorney to make Verizon’s application approval official.  

The board gave their approval to the facility after the wireless carrier effectively addressed concerns over the proposed facility, reports The Island Now.

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