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05 июля, 20:49

Hypocrisy Not Democracy: The Telecom Industry (“Big Wireless”), The FCC, and Elected Officials Force Small Cell Towers in Front of Homes and Everywhere Else.

By B.N. Frank No matter what “Big Wireless” and their supporters say – we don’t need 5G technology, The Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence...

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05 июня, 20:18

Say What? FCC Chair, Ajit Pai to Congress: No Wireless Exposure Risk Even Though FDA’s $25M Study Found Exposure Causes Cancer. 5G Cell Tower Installation Continues.

By B.N. Frank There has been much media coverage recently about concerns regarding exposure to 5G small cell towers, other sources of cell phone and...

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04 июня, 19:20

5G Woefully Lacking In Safety Issues—Are FCC And ICNIRP To Blame?

By Catherine J. Frompovich In the Abstract of the IEEE Access paper “Exposure to RF EMF From Array Antennas in 5G Mobile Communication Equipment”...

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31 мая, 02:59

CBS News is The Latest to Report Health Concerns Regarding 5G Small Cell Tower Installation

By B.N. Frank On May 29, 2018, CBS News aired a segment about the many Americans who are fighting small cell towers being installed in...

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29 мая, 20:00

FCC is Tired of “Being Nice” to Municipalities Fighting Small Cell Towers. Wasn’t Trump Supposed to Give the Country Back to the People?

By B.N. Frank The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the U.S. government agency that regulates new technology. The FCC has been part of what President...

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11 мая, 00:23

Swamp Drainage Update: Ex FCC Chairman Working AGAIN for Telecom Industry and Continuing to Promote Risky 5G and “Internet of Things” (IoT).

By B.N. Frank Before being nominated and becoming FCC chairman in 2013, Tom Wheeler had a long history working for the Telecom Industry. According to...

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06 мая, 20:00

Samsung 5G Home Router Wins FCC Approval Ahead of Verizon’s 2018 Launch. Now Verizon Should Stop Installing Risky 5G Small Cell Towers in Front of Homes and Everywhere Else – But They Won’t.

By B.N. Frank According to a May 1, 2018 Venture Beat article, a new Samsung 5G router will be available by late October 2018 and...

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03 апреля, 00:47

Trump tweet seen as boost for Sinclair deal

President Donald Trump's tweet in support of Sinclair Broadcast Group leaves little question his administration will approve the conservative TV empire's bid for Tribune Media, according to the company's critics.Trump came to the broadcaster's defense after a viral video showing dozens of TV anchors at Sinclair-owned stations reciting the same Trump-like script bashing the media for spreading "fake news."While the president didn't mention Sinclair's pending $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune, opponents of the deal say Trump's comments send a message to regulators now reviewing the transaction.“If anybody didn’t understand that the green light was on for the Sinclair deal, I think it’s crystal clear now,” said Michael Copps, a former Democratic FCC commissioner who now serves as an adviser to public interest group Common Cause.The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission are reviewing Sinclair’s bid to buy Tribune's stations, which would allow the company, known for injecting must-run conservative segments into local stations' programming, to reach nearly three out of every four households in the U.S.The reviews, however, have taken longer than expected, with Sinclair revising the deal several times and committing to sell off some of the TV stations it wanted to buy after discussions with regulators.Trump had steered clear of talking about Sinclair, but that changed Monday, when he tweeted that it’s “so funny” to see criticism of Sinclair from other media outlets, arguing that the company is “far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke."Opponents of Sinclair pounced on what they called evidence of Trump bias."At a moment when millions of people are waking up to what it looks like when Sinclair comes in and controls your local TV station, Trump is rushing to their defense, just like they’ve rushed to his defense a countless number of times,"said Craig Aaron, president and CEO of consumer advocacy group Free Press. A Sinclair representative declined to comment on Trump's tweet, but the company said its promotional announcements on local news are meant to differentiate its news programming from less reliable sources of information.“We aren’t sure of the motivation for the criticism, but find it curious that we would be attacked for asking our news people to remind their audiences that unsubstantiated stories exist on social media, which result in an ill-informed public with potentially dangerous consequences,” Scott Livingston, Sinclair’s senior vice president of news, said in a statement. Sinclair has faced criticism over reports that it gave favorable treatment to Trump while airing negative stories about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.POLITICO reported shortly after the election that Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner boasted that the campaign had struck a deal with Sinclair for better media coverage. (Sinclair has disputed the characterization, saying it was an arrangement for extended sit-down interviews offered to both candidates.)FCC watchers say the agency's actions under the Trump administration have benefited Sinclair. They point to Chairman Ajit Pai's decision last year to revive a regulatory loophole, known as the UHF discount, that allows Sinclair to expand its footprint without vastly exceeding federal limits on media ownership.Under Pai, the FCC also got rid of regulations that required broadcast companies to maintain studios in local communities and prevented them from owning more than one top-rated TV station in a market — changes also seen as helping Sinclair."One way or another, Chairman Pai is going to approve this deal," said Andrew Schwartzman, an attorney with the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center. "He doesn’t need the president to encourage him."Chris Ruddy, CEO of the conservative news network Newsmax and a Trump confidante, said he agrees with Sinclair's stance on the dangers of fake news but said he's concerned about the policy changes by the FCC that will allow the broadcaster to grow larger."The FCC has essentially become a subsidiary of the Sinclair Broadcasting company and is rubber stamping a lot of things to help them package and homogenize news and have a huge national reach," Ruddy said in an interview. "I don’t think it's good for free press. It creates a very dangerous precedent. I believe the actions the FCC has taken literally stink."Ruddy met with Trump recently but declined to say whether he discussed Sinclair."I can tell you the president likes Sinclair and thinks they were very fair to him during the election, and I agree with that sentiment," Ruddy said. "But I think that the president was elected because there were many station owners in local markets in red states, not just Sinclair."Some antitrust experts dismissed the significance of Trump’s bluster in the regulatory reviews.Trump’s tweets about his personal likes and dislikes are “pretty much irrelevant," said Allen Grunes, an attorney at Konkurrenz Group who spent more than a decade at the Justice Department's antitrust division. "My experience at DOJ and later on is that elected officials expressing their opinions doesn't impact the outcome of the antitrust review."But Trump's accusations of unfair coverage have become an issue in another media deal: AT&T-Time Warner. The president's frequent bashing of Time Warner-owned CNN has shadowed that merger, which the Justice Department is seeking to block. The judge in the case, though, has so far rejected attempts to explore potential White House influence over the government's antitrust review.More broadly, the president's pro-Sinclair message guarantees that the issue will remain front and center for Democrats, particularly as the midterm elections approach."It is a blatant conflict of interest for this President to help his campaign contributors become bigger and bigger, while media choice and diversity becomes smaller and smaller," Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in a statement. "The Department of Justice should reject this acquisition, and the FCC should reform ownership rules that make it possible."

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01 апреля, 11:39

Регулятор рассекретил смартфон Moto Z3 Play с 6,1-дюймовым дисплеем

На сайте Федеральной комиссии по связи США (FCC) обнародованы документы, раскрывающие ключевые технические характеристики смартфона Moto с обозначением XT1929. Сообщается, что на коммерческом рынке устройство дебютирует под именем Moto Z3 Play. Его основой служит процессор Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. Он содержит восемь 64-битных ядер Qualcomm Kryo 260 с тактовой частотой до 1,8 ГГц, графический ускоритель Qualcomm Adreno 509 и сотовый модем Snapdragon X12 LTE со скоростью передачи данных до 600 Мбит/с.

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31 марта, 14:35

США одобрили глобальный интернет Илона Маска

Федеральная комиссия по связи США (FCC) одобрила предложенный Илоном Маском проект глобального широкополосного доступа в Интернет Starlink, пишет The Verge. Основатель SpaceX и Tesla отметил, что вывод сети на полную мощность будет осуществляться в три этапа: первые абоненты смогут получать доступ через 4425 спутников, вывести которые на орбиту SpaceX планирует в течение следующих пяти лет. Первые тестовые включения запланированы на 2019–2020 годы, а общая численность спутниковой группировки SpaceX составит не менее 12 тыс. аппаратов. Такого количества, по мнению Илона Маска, хватит, чтобы обеспечить доступ в Интернет на скорости 15 мегабит в секунду с задержкой (пингом) не более 20 мс. Эксперты в области телекоммуникаций пришли к выводу, что вывод на орбиту такого количества спутников позволит SpaceX "задушить" основных конкурентов — Iridium и OneWeb. Уже к 2025–2027 годам количество абонентов Starlink может превысить 40 млн человек, что даст компании до $30 млрд прибыли в год.

31 марта, 14:06

What Lies Ahead for Telecom ETFs?

After a disappointing 2017, telecom stocks have been doing well lately. What lies ahead for ETFs?

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29 марта, 21:16

The FCC wants to slap restrictions on some Chinese-made wireless gear

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to unveil a proposal Tuesday to prevent Chinese-made wireless equipment from being installed in America’s next-generation data networks.

28 марта, 14:29

Windstream (WIN) Completes Buyout of MASS Communications

The acquisition of MASS Communications will expand Windstream's (WIN) managed services customer base apart from boosting its fiber-based network.

27 марта, 16:11

FCC угрожает лишить федеральных субсидий операторов, сотрудничающих с Huawei и ZTE

Противостояние американских властей с китайскими производителями электроники переросло из ничем не подкреплённой паранойи представителей ФБР, ЦРУ и АНБ в одобренный Дональдом Трампом (Donald Trump) меморандум о 25-процентной пошлине на товары из Поднебесной. Между молотом и наковальней федеральных структур США, способствующих формированию у граждан США персональных ассоциаций о том или ином бренде, оказались компании Huawei и ZTE.  Если прежде власти Соединённых Штатов лишь стращали американских пользователей в устной форме, то решение Федеральной комиссии по связи США (FCC) может нести за собой уже довольно ощутимый эффект для бизнеса. В FCC намерены поднять вопрос о лишении субсидий местных операторов сотовой связи, сотрудничающих с Huawei и ZTE. 

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25 марта, 16:42

Битва за сетевой нейтралитет: война штатов

До отмены действующих в США правил сетевого нейтралитета остается меньше месяца. По этому поводу в стране не утихают споры, а особенность противостояния состоит в том, что в него включились власти на уровне штатов. В предыдущих статьях мы проследили историю сетевого нейтралитета от зарождения до ее принятия и отмены через неполные 3 года. Сегодня рассмотрим, что изменилось после знакового решения FCC в конце 2017 года. Читать дальше →

22 марта, 16:21

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Comcast, Charter, DISH, Sprint and Altice

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Comcast, Charter, DISH, Sprint and Altice

22 марта, 16:16

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint

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22 марта, 03:16

Eight Reasons This Funding Bill Is Critical

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Congress will consider a critical funding bill that, first and foremost, fulfills our pledge to rebuild the nation’s military. It addresses a number of important national priorities, including school safety, infrastructure, and fighting the opioid epidemic. Here are eight reasons why this funding bill is so critical: It fulfills our pledge to rebuild the nation’s military. We are delivering the biggest increase in defense funding in 15 years. Resources are targeted to priorities identified by Secretary Mattis, including increasing troop levels, funding new weapons systems, and upgrading our military capabilities by procuring new ships, aircraft, and tankers. After a series of training accidents and incidents, we are boosting resources for key readiness programs, including training, facility maintenance, and base operations. It supports our service members and veterans. This bill fully funds the biggest pay raise for our service members in 8 years. It includes a record level of funding for the VA, with more resources for health care, opioid abuse treatment, and better medical facilities, as we work to build a 21st-century health care system for our veterans. It takes action to bolster school safety. This bill fixes and fully funds the National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS), a critical step to keep guns out of the hands of people with a criminal history. It implements key provisions of the STOP School Violence Act to fund Department of Justice grant programs that help keep schools safe. Overall, the bill provides more than $2.3 billion in new funding for mental health, training, and school safety programs. It begins construction of the wall. The funding bill includes $1.57 billion for physical barriers along the Southwest border—in line with the administration’s request—and provides funding for more than 95 miles of a border wall system, more than what the administration requested. It increases funding for border security and immigration enforcement, putting more “boots on the ground” and ensuring that detainees are referred to ICE instead of harbored by sanctuary cities. It steps up the fight against the opioid epidemic. With nearly $4 billion, the funding bill makes the largest federal investment to date for fighting the opioid epidemic, which the president has declared a national emergency. It includes funding for treatment, prevention, and law enforcement programs that help save lives and stem the spread of this scourge. It rebuilds America’s infrastructure. The bill includes $21.2 billion in new funding for long-overdue improvements to our nation’s infrastructure—a key priority for the administration—including resources to improve highways, railways, and airports. And there are no earmarks for specific projects.  It promotes workforce development. The bill boosts funding for workforce development in high-growth job fields, including a $50 million increase for apprenticeship programs. It boosts funding for child care and early head start programs to make it easier for job seekers to enter or return to the workforce. It provides a $75 million increase for career and technical education programs. It addresses key Republican priorities: Maintains all existing pro-life policies, including the Hyde amendment, the Dickey-Wicker amendment, and the Weldon amendment. Ensures that American farmers are benefiting from tax reform on an even playing field, and provides the IRS with the resources to implement a fairer and simpler tax code under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Helps protect western communities from catastrophic wildfires by reforming our federal forestry laws.  The Taylor Force Act, which cuts off assistance that directly benefits the Palestinian Authority unless the PA takes credible steps to end violence and support for terrorist activities. The first reauthorization of the FCC in 28 years, which includes reforms to boost the development of next-generation 5G wireless broadband. The Keep Young Athletes Safe Act, which provides resources to safeguard amateur athletes against emotional, physical, and sexual abuse in sports. The TARGET Act, which cracks down on human trafficking.