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FCC’s Clyburn: “Broadband Will Bring More Jobs”

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at yesterday’s WIA Wireless Infrastructure Show expressed her hopes “that our workforce has the skills necessary for the jobs of today, the opportunities to successfully compete for the jobs of tomorrow, and more clearly reflects the great diversity of our country.” She said, “Broadband is where we must all start. To have an educated, competitive workforce in this century and beyond, we must ensure that everyone in our communities truly has access to broadband service, for all of the infrastructure builds in the world will not enable access if the service is not affordable.”

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Program Offers $100M in Funding For Wireless Development

Revolutionizing the wireless environments ecosystem was the topic of discussion at Wednesday’s WIA Infrastructure Show session. To kickstart the plan, a $100 million fund has been established by a blending of science and industry. The Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) program is a joint effort by the National Science Foundation and a wireless industry consortium to create city-scale testing platforms to accelerate fundamental research on wireless communication and networking technologies.

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Effectiveness of mmWave Technology as Cable Replacement Questioned

During Light Reading’s recent Big Communications Event, panels discussed a topic very relevant to the wireless industry today—the usage of fixed wireless 5G technology and mmWaves in delivering services to consumers. In particular, panelists discussed the pros, cons and challenges of 5G as a replacement to fixed cable, reports lightreading.com.

For years, ISPs have been using high-band millimeter waves to deliver internet service to consumers over unlicensed and millimeter wave spectrum, with very high download speeds.

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Health Concern Debate Continues for Crown Castle and Garden City Residents

Since 2010, Garden City residents have been voicing their concerns at board meetings regarding the proximity of cell towers to homes, schools, and playgrounds, citing health hazards. Residents are petitioning Crown Castle to relocate the equipment and infrastructure, reported Garden City Life.

The residents are concerned about possible health-related side effects, even submitting a letter to Garden City Life stating, “Crown Castle currently owns cell antenna equipment and infrastructure throughout Garden City residential areas.

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FCC on Small Cell Siting, RF Levels – ‘We’re Working On It’

U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) recently wrote FCC Chairman Ajit Pai about the nearly 300 applications for small cell infrastructure deployment that Montgomery County, just outside Washington, D.C., officials have received. He’s working with the county to address constituent concerns about potential health risks and wrote to ask for guidance on local zoning flexibility.

“Considering the quantity and proximity to residences of these small cell antenna applications,” Delaney asked if federal law supports denial based on aesthetic concerns.

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