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FCC unlocks 3.5GHz CBRS band, enables OnGo in Apple and Android phones

Spectrum in the 3.5GHz band has been selected across the world as ideal for next-generation cellular services, thanks to its combination of reasonably long-distance range and solid chunks of available bandwidth. Within the “low,” “mid,” and “high band” ranges of radio frequencies, 3.5GHz is mid-band spectrum and is already being used for 5G in China, Europe, and South Korea, while the U.S. has focused until now on low and high band 5G frequencies. – Jeremy Horwitz, VentureBeat » https://ift.tt/2tUqUSY

Charter taps ActiveVideo to offer next-gen spectrum guide to STBs

The CloudTV HTML5 cloud browser platform virtualises set-top box functions and enables the guide to be delivered from the cloud to any set-top without dependency on its memory capacity or CPU speed. ActiveVideo said that even the latest generation of the company’s WorldBox hybrid IP set-tops benefits from this combination of set-top resource independence and cloud delivery, allowing Charter to rapidly scale deployment of the guide across its nationwide footprint. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2O58mHh

Data leak exposed millions of Time Warner Cable customers

MacKeeper developer Kromtech has discovered that BroadSoft, a frequent partner to service providers, was storing over 4 million Time Warner Cable customer records on Amazon cloud servers without a password. The records, which stemmed from the MyTWC mobile app, date as far back as November 2010 — years before Charter bought TWC. The information included email addresses, user names, financial transactions (though there’s no indication of credit card data) and billing addresses. There was even closed-circuit camera footage from BroadSoft’s Indian offices, as if to rub salt in the wound. – Jon Fingas, Engadget http://ift.tt/2x2HzDX

Sprint thinks its existing wireless spectrum is enough

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[Sprint] just announced that it’s passing on the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming 600MHz auction after determining that its existing airwaves are “sufficient” for its future needs. […] However, passing on the auction is still a big gamble. Sprint is betting that there won’t be a big spike in demand that requires more spectrum than it has, or that the lack of 600MHz support won’t hobble compatibility or performance down the line. – Jon Fingas, Engadget

TV Frequencies May Be Able to Deliver Wi-Fi Internet in the Future

German scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have proposed to make some TV frequencies available free of cost and use them to extend existing wireless networks (Wi-Fi) instead of using the frequencies for mobile communications. The low-range TV frequencies are highly suited for penetrating obstacles such as walls. […] By automatically adapting transmission power to prevent interference, such wireless local area network (WLAN) networks might even reach communication partners at a distance of several kilometres. – Indo-Asian News Service via NDTV Gadgets  
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Microsoft Wants to Tap Unused Tv Spectrum to Bring Internet Access Across India

Speaking to national daily Hindustan Times, Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik explained, “Wi-Fi has a range of only about 100 metres, whereas the 200-300 MHz spectrum band available in the white space can reach up to 10 km. This spectrum belongs mainly to Doordarshan (Indian public broadcaster) and the government and is not used at all. We have sought clearance for a pilot project in two districts.” – Abhimanyu Ghoshal,The Next Web
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The Airwaves: For Public TV or Internet Interests?

The Federal Communications Commission is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation’s airwaves currently being used by television stations. It’s called a spectrum auction and Todd O’Boyle, program director for Common Cause’s Media and Democracy Reform Initiative, says billions of dollars are at stake. “On the one hand, the broadcasters are looking at a big payday, potentially,” he explains. “And on the other hand, the cellular folks are looking at making lots of money building next-generation networks.” […] According to one estimate, the auction could generate $45 billion, and another forecast says nearly 3,500 low-power television stations could be affected by the spectrum changes. Public broadcasting advocate John Schwartz, director and founder of the Voqal companies, says the government doesn’t seem sympathetic to pleas on behalf of public TV. “The FCC is strongly influenced not only by the lobbying power of the big carriers – because obviously that’s massive – but also out of the concern that the most important and most valuable use of spectrum now is for wireless broadband and not for broadcast,” he says. – Mark Scheerer,Public News Service 

FCC starts the process for making ‘5G’ gigabit mobile data a reality

[T]he Federal Communications Commission has begun the process to push into 5G for mobile data. The government’s communications council voted unanimously to start looking into accessing the higher-than-24GHz frequency spectrum that was previously thought to be, as Reuters notes, unusable by mobile networks. […] However, these waves only work over short distances for now and require line of sight for their point-to-point microwave connections. And that, my friends, is what the FCC is hoping to fix in the interim. What the vote means is that the groundwork is being laid, and research to make sure the tech is actually feasible now has the green light. – Timothy J. Seppala,Engadget 
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Zoo Livestreams Are Taking Over Unused Gaps in the Broadcast Spectrum

The BBC reports that the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is working Google and regulators at Ofcom to stream live video of meerkats, Galapagos tortoises, and oriental short-clawed otters to YouTube. […] there’s also a more technical purpose to the trial; it uses TV “white spaces.” These white spaces are parts of the broadcast spectrum that remain unused—the gaps in the airwaves used for TV broadcasting. Ofcom has been conducting pilot trials to test how these white spaces could be put to use, of which the zoo collaboration is the latest. […] ZSL explains that using white space is perfect for their project—better than alternatives like wifi—because the low frequency signals are able to penetrate obstacles and travel longer distances. As a result, a camera surrounded by rocks, shrubs, and buildings can transmit without a problem. – Victoria Turk,MOTHERBOARD 
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