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The World Radiocommunication Conference finished in Geneva in mid-February, after four laborious weeks of debate among more than 3,000 participants from over 150 countries. Now the job comes of interpreting what was decided at the WRC-12 and how it affects different sectors. Participants...
The Radio Spectrum Policy Programme, about which we have written several times, was officially published today, in the March 21 Official Journal of the European Union (OJ L 81/7, 21 March 2012). Article 16 of the RSPP provides that it enters into force on the 20th day after publication, hence April...
U.S. Congress Passes Incentive Auction and Public Safety Spectrum Legislation By Alton Burton in Washington, DC On February 17th, Congress passed long-awaited spectrum legislation. The legislation gives the FCC authority to conduct voluntary incentive auctions of underutilized spectrum...
The need to develop means of achieving more efficient spectrum use has led in recent years to a focus on cognitive radio system (CRS) technology. Also called "smart radio," "software defined radio," "dynamic access technology" and doubtless many other terms, one...
On January 15, the European Parliament accepted on second reading the proposed Radio spectrum policy programme (RSPP), designed to set EU strategy for radio spectrum management up to the year 2015.* It remains for the PSPP to be officially signed, finalized for publication in the EU Official...
A draft bill circulated by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass) would require the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to adopt regulations addressing monitoring software installed on mobile devices. The bill stems from media reports last year regarding Carrier IQ's monitoring software, which is installed on...
By Chris Termini in Washington, DC There have been several recent developments concerning the VHF narrowband transition mandated by the FCC. On January 5, 2012, the Commission issued a release reminding the public that less than one year remains before land mobile radio licensees in the...
The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) commenced this week in Geneva, Switzerland, after lengthy preparations in all corners of the world. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organizes the event, which will run for four weeks. WRC-12 is designed to amend the ITU radio...
Given the explosion in wireless services, applications, content and devices, spectrum policy has never been more important in the US than it is today. Since September 2010, there have been a number of significant spectrum policy developments that affect wireless operators, content and...
By Gerry Oberst in Brussels and Daniel Smith in London Ofcom recently published its second and final consultation on the upcoming award of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum intended for 4G services in the UK. The spectrum will be made available in 2013 largely as a result of the switchover from analogue...