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News Article | May 11, 2017
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LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwired - May 11, 2017) - KSIX Media Holdings, Inc. ( : KSIX), a diversified media and internet company headquartered in Las Vegas, announced today that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to produce a revised agreement with True Wireless, LLC, one of the leading providers of the Federal Lifeline program. The Lifeline program provides essential services by offering discounted phone and broadband services to qualifying low-income households. Over 37 million households are eligible for this program according to the Universal Service Administration Company (USAC), a non-profit corporation designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to administer the $10 billion Universal Service Fund. We are very pleased to announce that we have completed a revised agreement with True Wireless which is available to read in our May 5, 2017 8-K filing. Last year when we started to look for potential acquisitions and opportunities for KSIX my goal was to acquire or align with a significant asset that would benefit from KSIX's digital media expertise. We are happy to report that we have made further progress towards this goal. We first starting working with True Wireless mid last year and were able to immediately and positively impact their business. Most notable we were able to open a new lane for customer acquisition with social media marketing, lowering the cost of new customer acquisition from over $26.00 to about $7.00 per customer. As we worked with True the synergies became more apparent as well as the opportunity to align with a revenue engine in the telecom sector. Telecom is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing business sectors in the world. US consumers look at their devices more than 9 billion times a day up 13% from last year. True provides an essential service within telecom, specifically as a Lifeline Provider. There is a significant untapped marketplace with over 37 million households eligible for Lifeline. True currently is licensed to operate in 5 states, with significant opportunities to expand either through acquisition or an application process. True Wireless management has a proven track record of success that we feel will only be enhanced by the alignment with KSIX and the power of a public company to facilitate expansion and new acquisitions. On February 28, 2017 we reported that True had grown their customer base from 41,912 as of December 31, 2015 to 60,405 as of December 31, 2016, a 44% growth. We also reported that a tremendous benefit of the broadband expansion adopted by the FCC in their March 2016 update of the Lifeline program allowing for 12 month contracts. This resulted in an increase in customer retention by True of approximately 1500 customers per month which equates to over 18,000 customer annually. True has gross annual revenues in excess of $13 million and is currently growing at a rate of about 5% per month. While I am proud of KSIX's contribution to this growth, I applaud the True Wireless team and the leadership of Brian Cox, True Wireless's CEO. We hope to bring his vision, leadership and dedication to generating revenue to benefit all KSIX shareholders. This must occur through revised definitive agreements as further discussed in the LOI and recent 8-K filing. I look forward working with Brian to grow True Wireless, expand into new markets as well as related telecom verticals that will benefit from KSIX digital marketing expertise and the operational and revenue programs that True has successfully developed and implemented. This is a tremendous model and truly an exciting time for KSIX and our shareholders. ABOUT KSIX MEDIA HOLDINGS KSIX Media Holdings, Inc. ( : KSIX) is an SEC fully reporting media and Internet company located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently, there are two operating divisions, Digitize IQ and KSIX Media, Inc. DigitizeIQ provides digital advertising utilizing proprietary technology and intellectual properties designed to create new revenue streams and increase measurable audiences for clients. KSIX provides performance-based marketing solutions to drive traffic and sales. KSIX manages offer tracking, reporting, and distribution on the third-party platform. ABOUT TRUE WIRELESS, LLC True Wireless LLC, an Oklahoma company, is an eligible telecommunications carrier providing discounted and subsidized wireless (cell phone) service to those who qualify. The company provides government sponsored/supported cell phone service in Texas (TX), Oklahoma (OK), Arkansas (AR), Maryland (MD) and Rhode Island (RI). The service is subsidized under the Lifeline program. Americans who enroll in the program must qualify and maintain annual certification. FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS Certain statements in this release, other than statements of historical fact, may include forward-looking information that involves various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate. Actual result and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These and all subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the dates they are made and expressly qualified in their entirety by this notice. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances or management's estimates or opinions change, other than as required pursuant to applicable securities laws.


PISCATAWAY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iconectiv, an authoritative partner of the global communications industry connecting more than two billion people every day, will provide valuable insights on boosting customer engagement between consumers and brands, amid stringent Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) messaging regulations, during an upcoming webinar on May 18, 2017. Presented along with the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE), the webinar: The Power of Identity: Avoiding the Pitfalls and Costs of Consumer Disengagement, will be a valuable asset for marketing professionals, contact center and call center managers, compliance managers and business owners who recognize the value the role of text messaging as part of an omnichannel strategy to drive revenue and brand intimacy within their business operations. A recent industry study by Twilio found nine in 10 consumers would like to be able to use messaging to communicate with businesses, yet strict TCPA policies often create costly fines, resulting in multi-million dollar class action settlements, when consumer messaging is inappropriately conducted. The webinar is open to both PACE members and non-members, and will be presented by Tara Condon, Director of Product Marketing, iconectiv, and Patrick Wilcox, Director of Product Management, iconectiv. iconectiv recently launched Right Party Verification for Messaging, a new service for contact centers that helps ensure messages are delivered to the correct owner of a mobile phone who has provided previous explicit consent to receive them. The service helps companies comply with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules under the TCPA to avoid costly fines and lawsuits while maintaining a positive brand reputation and ensuring customer trust and loyalty. “Text messaging continues to be a preferred form of communication for consumers,” said Scott Puopolo, Executive Vice President, Information Solutions, iconectiv. “Brands owe it to their customers and shareholders alike to conduct messaging outreach in a safe and responsible manner.” PACE is the world’s largest association focused on omnichannel customer engagement for marketing, customer service and compliance. A key part of the association’s mission is to provide leadership in the professional and ethical use of the telephone when conducting business for the benefit of its members and consumers. To register for The Power of Identity: Avoiding the Pitfalls and Costs of Consumer Disengagement visit: PACE Event Registration. [Suggested Tweet].@iconectiv and @PACEassociation webinar on #text #messaging to highlight #consumer #engagement & #brand integrity on May 18 At iconectiv, we envision a world without boundaries, where the ability to access and exchange information is simple, seamless and secure. As the authoritative partner of the communications industry for more than 30 years, iconectiv realizes this vision for more than two billion people every day by providing market-leading solutions that enable the interconnection of networks, devices, and applications. Working closely with private, government and non-governmental organizations, iconectiv continues to protect and secure telecommunication infrastructures for service providers, governments and enterprises, while providing network and operations management, numbering, registry, messaging and fraud and identity solutions to more than 1,200 organizations globally. A US-based company, Telcordia Technologies, doing business as iconectiv, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson. For more information, visit www.iconectiv.com.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.bbc.co.uk

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) website was deliberately attacked on 8 May, the regulator has said. The incident began hours after comedian John Oliver criticised FCC plans to reverse US net neutrality rules. Mr Oliver urged people to post to the site's online commenting system, protesting against the proposals. The FCC said that issues with the site were caused by orchestrated attacks, not high volumes of traffic. "These actors were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and file with the FCC," chief information officer Dr David Bray said in an official statement. "While the comment system remained up and running the entire time, these distributed denial of service (DDoS) events tied up the servers and prevented them from responding to people attempting to submit comments." In his Sunday night show Last Week Tonight, Mr Oliver called on viewers to visit a website that would direct them to the correct page on the FCC site to leave their comments. "Every internet group needs to come together… gamers, YouTube celebrities, Instagram models, Tom from MySpace if you're still alive. We need all of you," he said. His plea came after FCC chairman Ajit Pai said in April that he would review rules made in 2015 that require broadband companies to treat all online traffic equally. Last December, Mr Pai said in a speech that the net neutrality laws were "holding back investment, innovation, and job creation". "Mr Pai is essentially trolling the trolls," Chris Marsden, professor of internet law at the University of Sussex, told the BBC. "If you bait John Oliver, you reap what you sow." The FCC will vote on Mr Pai's proposals to revoke the legislation on 18 May.


News Article | May 9, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On May 8, 2017, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz submitted public comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in support of Chairman Ajit Pai’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that removes an outdated regulatory regime from the internet and restores internet freedom. The comments read in part: “On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in favor of the Open Internet Order (OIO) on a 3-2 party-line vote to reclassify the internet as a telecommunications/telephone service under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. This utility-style big brother approach to regulating the internet was a problem in search of a solution, and a massive overreach of authority by the agency. The reclassification harmed the internet ecosystem and created uncertainty regarding the application of several provisions of Title II to internet service providers (ISPs).” “Prior to the OIO, the internet operated under principles based on the FCC’s Policy Statement of August 5, 2005, which provided guidance for ISPs. The principles were (1) to encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public internet, consumers are entitled to access the lawful content of their choice; (2) To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public internet, consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement; (3) To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public internet, consumers are entitled to connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network; and, (4) To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public internet, consumers are entitled to competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers. These bright-line rules served consumers well in bringing broadband to more homes and businesses, and encouraging the vibrant internet ecosystem enjoyed today.” “CAGW supports the FCC’s reconsideration of the OIO. Upon the approval of the final rules on Restoring Internet Freedom (WC Docket No. 17-108), a free and open internet will be reinstated, while economic growth will flourish through such a light-touch regulatory approach to internet governance.” Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

PISCATAWAY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Telemarketers and robocalls using spurious Caller ID to trick consumers into answering their phones – also known as ‘spoofing’ – are the primary source of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) complaints and reports of telecom fraud, and the problem is increasing at an alarming rate. A new industry white paper titled, Caller ID: The Impact of Robocalling and Spoofing, has been released that provides a brief overview of the issue as well the techniques being developed to help alleviate the problem. The paper is provided by iconectiv, an authoritative partner of the global communications industry. In the telecommunications industry, spoofing refers to the illegal practice of manipulating Caller ID to mislead consumers in accepting unwanted calls from live telemarketers or automated pre-recorded messages, also known as robocalls. According to the FCC, fraudulent Caller ID hit a record 1.7 million calls in the first four months of 2016, up 41% from the previous year.1 Disreputable parties use spoofed Caller IDs to either avoid regulatory penalties or to impersonate banks and other entities to defraud consumers. The paper looks at the efforts of academic researchers and leading telecom associations and companies to develop the SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) standard, a framework that provides end-to-end cryptographic authentication and verification of the telephone identity and related information. Leveraging the standard, iconectiv has developed a solution that can, among other important functions, identify the point of origin to better determine if the Caller ID has been misrepresented or altered. Uniquely positioned to assist in the mitigation of spoofing and robocalling, iconectiv’s core competencies include highly scalable industry database management, numbering services (the company will soon serve as the U.S. Local Number Portability Administrator), identity/authentication and network fraud prevention for the telecommunications industry. 1 Phone Scam 'Onslaught' Has Authorities Scrambling, The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2016 At iconectiv, we envision a world without boundaries, where the ability to access and exchange information is simple, seamless and secure. As the authoritative partner of the communications industry for more than 30 years, iconectiv realizes this vision for more than two billion people every day by providing market-leading solutions that enable the interconnection of networks, devices, and applications. Working closely with private, government and non-governmental organizations, iconectiv continues to protect and secure telecommunication infrastructures for service providers, governments and enterprises, while providing network and operations management, numbering, registry, messaging and fraud and identity solutions to more than 1,200 organizations globally. A US-based company, Telcordia Technologies, doing business as iconectiv, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson. For more information, visit www.iconectiv.com.


Cape Town, South Africa, 11 May 2017: Regulators representing four different countries from North America, South America and Asia took part in the Regulator Leadership Summit today during day two of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Global Summit 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. One key message became clear – enabling greater use of unlicensed or lightly licensed spectrum enables innovation and growth, as well as creating new solutions for long standing problems such as narrowing the digital divide. The panel, including representatives from Agencia Nacional del Espectro (ANE), Colombia; the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), USA; Agencia Nacional de Telecomunicacoes (ANATEL), Brazil and the Korea Radio Promotion Association (RAPA), Korea, addressed the issue of how dynamic spectrum sharing can help to solve the connectivity gap that keeps four billion people from participating fully in the digital economy. “Optimization of the use of a scarce resource like spectrum requires the implementation of a new spectrum management framework,” said Dr. Agostinho Linhares, Manager of Spectrum, Orbit and Broadcasting Division, ANATEL. “Spectrum sharing is a way forward to improve technical and economic efficiency, and dynamic spectrum access can bring benefits to users, the economy and society, once it permits to serve more users in the same spectrum range, protecting incumbent services.” Dynamic spectrum sharing also raises new issues for regulators regarding spectrum rights and interference. Different approaches to protecting incumbent services while driving for more efficient use of spectrum were discussed, as well as the regulatory differences with unlicensed and lightly licensed spectrum in a dynamic environment from the traditional unlicensed model. The regulator session built on the momentum from the first full day of the Summit, which saw 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) take centre stage in discussions amongst panellists and remained recurring themes throughout the day. This included a panel titled ‘Wi-Fi for the 5G World,’ which looked at how new demands for greater Wi-Fi capacity has resulted in the need for more innovative spectrum access approaches aimed at improving spectrum efficiency and access, most notably through spectrum sharing. Panellists explored what the future of Wi-Fi will look like and what those capabilities will include. Commenting during the panel session, Haiyun Tang, CEO of Adaptrum Inc. commented: "Adaptrum embraces a broader definition of 5G which encompasses a vision of universal access." New spectrum requirements were at the heart of the discussion during a panel on ‘Enabling IoT through Dynamic Access Technologies.’ With the addition of billions of new devices and data sources the IoT will bring, the panel discussed which bands of spectrum will be required and how dynamic access to spectrum can play a key role in building the network of the future. Use cases from Africa were also presented, including in areas such as healthcare. For further information about the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance and the Global Summit 2017, please visit www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/ or follow @dynamicspectrum and #DSA17GS on Twitter. Alternatively join the Alliance on Facebook or LinkedIn. About the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organization advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization. The DSA’s membership spans multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organizations from around the world, all working to create innovative solutions that will increase the amount of available spectrum to the benefit of consumers and businesses alike. Visit http://www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/. About the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance returns to Africa for its Fifth Annual Global Summit. The Global Summit brings together policy makers, regulators, academia, and public and private sector representatives with first-hand experience developing and implementing a range of spectrum sharing regimes, from exclusive use licensing to unlicensed spectrum allocations to various kinds of spectrum sharing regimes across a variety of complementary spectrum bands, including those that will enable 5G to come to life. In a world with tens of billions of wirelessly connected devices, spectrum sharing is a must for any policy maker looking for innovative ways to close the digital divide and enable the Internet of Things. The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s annual Summit is the premier event for policy makers and regulators to share best practices, learn about the latest spectrum sharing policies, and participate in discussions on how to maximize social and economic impact in urban cities and remote regions across the Globe. Images High-resolution images are available on request. Media Contact For all media enquiries, please contact Sian Borrill by emailing sian.borrill@proactive-pr.com or by calling +44 1636 704888.


News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: www.scientificcomputing.com

This year many mobile carriers are launching early services for 5G -- the next generation of wireless that promises speeds 10 to 100 times faster than 4G LTE -- and a host of other technology companies are testing devices and systems for the Internet of Things that will depend on this coming glut in capacity. To make research and development for 5G and other revolutionary applications of wireless communications easier, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today launched a new web portal that lets researchers apply for a program experimental license. The new application system reduces barriers to experimentation for universities, research laboratories, health care institutions, and manufacturers with demonstrated experience in radio frequency technology, and provides an overarching licensing program for innovative entities to rapidly acquire specific experimental licenses on an ongoing, as-needed basis in designated campus areas. (FCC Public Notice and Announcement) NYU WIRELESS, a world leading academic research center in wireless communications located in NYU's Tandon School of engineering, is a pioneer in establishing millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology as a core part of the world's 5G vision, and was one of only two academic institutions --The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the other -- working with the FCC to help test, debug, and provide feedback on the web-based licensing system. NYU WIRELESS became the first applicant to receive the program experimental license using the new portal. "The license will allow the center to do cutting-edge work throughout the spectrum, not just at frequencies critical to 5G, but also far beyond," said Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, Founding Director of NYU WIRELESS and the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. He added that the FCC's new program experimental licensing process is perhaps the first like it in the world, and it promises to reduce the waiting time and burden for innovators to experiment in the radio spectrum, allowing experimenters to focus on science and engineering while giving a rapid, 15-day turnaround on experimental license decisions in most cases. "We believe massively broadband mobile communications will eventually migrate to both lower and higher frequency ranges, and we are honored that the FCC chose NYU to be one of two academic institutions to test the portal for usability and accuracy to help pave the way for our wireless future," Rappaport said. "The efficiency and transparency of the new FCC experimental program portal will aid institutions like ours -- as well as governmental spectrum holders and corporations-- to accelerate experimentation of new systems and devices that will eventually become part of our interconnected world. I am particularly grateful to doctoral electrical engineering student Yunchou Xing, who worked closely with the FCC staff as a beta tester for the new portal. His work illustrates the unusual role that NYU WIRELESS has embraced to expand the potential of wireless communications: Not only through fundamental research, modeling and experimentation, but also by building an ecosystem of industrial affiliate sponsors committed to expanding the wireless frontier and working with governments and agencies such as the FCC toward a better wireless future." Xing, an electrical and computer engineering doctoral student at NYU WIRELESS in NYU Tandon, helped the FCC test two websites within the experimental license platform: the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology's Experimental Licensing System, for which he verified log-in and application procedures; and the new Experiments Notification System, which lets a program experimental licensee alert others of plans to conduct research within a particular radio band within a particular geographic region. This feature of transparency allows entities that hold licenses in those bands -- as well as those who stand to be affected by the applicant's research -- to object or to comment. "The FCC's move today launches a new tool that will hopefully reduce the wait time for government authorization to do cutting-edge research and experimental transmissions," said Rappaport. The Office of Engineering and Technology grants more than 2,000 requests for experimental licenses annually, to more than 600 universities, researchers, businesses, and other innovators, according to Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology. "This year alone we have over 35 experimental licenses that have a 5G focus or are in the bands raised in the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding," said Knapp, referring to the conference that led to rules expediting 5G technology. In July 2016, the FCC unanimously adopted the "Spectrum Frontier" rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services, thereby quadrupling the amount of spectrum for wireless providers. NYU WIRELESS played a leading role in proving the viability of mmWave spectrum for future mobile communications. To speed the development of 5G, NYU WIRELESS last year launched the first open-access mmWave channel simulator software (NYUSIM) with a complete statistical spatial channel model, which is based on the research group's experiments showing the channel characteristics at mmWave frequencies.


The global smart meters market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.34% from 2017 to 2022, to reach a market size of USD 19.98 Billion by 2022. This growth can be attributed to the rising investments in smart grid projects and increasing upgradation of transmission & distribution infrastructure, government policies, and energy conservation. The report segments the smart meters market on the basis of technology such as Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and Automatic Meter Reading (AMR). The AMI are expected to constitute the fastest growing market from 2017 to 2022 because AMI reduces labour cost and several power, water, & gas utilities worldwide are replacing AMR with AMI infrastructure, further creating growth opportunities for the AMI market. The U.S. is the largest market for AMI. The demand for smart meters in the residential sector is driven by factors such as a surge in demand for central systems and smart end-users (such as nanotechnologies, energy efficient lighting, electric heat pump, and home control network) appliances. The Asia-Pacific market is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2017 to 2022. The region is the largest market for the infrastructure sector and industrial sector and is taking various steps such as investments in smart grid, smart city & the gas pipeline networks, repair & upgradation of aging infrastructure, preventing electric, water, & gas theft, minimizing inaccurate metering & managing growing electricity, and water scarcity. High installation costs for end-users could be a restraint of the smart meters market which might lead to decline in profit. Additionally, Radio Frequency (RF) emissions from smart meters are within the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limits. However, some campaign groups (such as Stop Smart Meters U.K.) in both the U.K. and the U.S. believe smart meters to be an unnecessary health and security risks. Hence, these uncertainties with respect to smart meters would hinder the smart meters market growth. Leading players in the smart meters market include Itron, Inc. (U.S.), Kamstrup A/S (Denmark), Holley Metering, Ltd. (China), Honeywell International, Inc. (U.S.), and Toshiba Corporation (Japan). Contracts and agreements was the most commonly adopted strategy by the top players. It was followed by new product developments, expansions and investments, and mergers & acquisitions. For more information about this report visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2rknh6/smart_meters Research and Markets Laura Wood, Senior Manager press@researchandmarkets.com For E.S.T Office Hours Call +1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call +1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907 Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716 To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/research-and-markets---1998-billion-smart-meters-market-2017---global-forecasts-to-2022-leading-players-are--itron-kamstrup-holley-metering-honeywell-international-and-toshiba-300456047.html


News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: www.scientificcomputing.com

This year many mobile carriers are launching early services for 5G -- the next generation of wireless that promises speeds 10 to 100 times faster than 4G LTE -- and a host of other technology companies are testing devices and systems for the Internet of Things that will depend on this coming glut in capacity. To make research and development for 5G and other revolutionary applications of wireless communications easier, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today launched a new web portal that lets researchers apply for a program experimental license. The new application system reduces barriers to experimentation for universities, research laboratories, health care institutions, and manufacturers with demonstrated experience in radio frequency technology, and provides an overarching licensing program for innovative entities to rapidly acquire specific experimental licenses on an ongoing, as-needed basis in designated campus areas. (FCC Public Notice and Announcement) NYU WIRELESS, a world leading academic research center in wireless communications located in NYU's Tandon School of engineering, is a pioneer in establishing millimeter-wave (mmWave) technology as a core part of the world's 5G vision, and was one of only two academic institutions --The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is the other -- working with the FCC to help test, debug, and provide feedback on the web-based licensing system. NYU WIRELESS became the first applicant to receive the program experimental license using the new portal. "The license will allow the center to do cutting-edge work throughout the spectrum, not just at frequencies critical to 5G, but also far beyond," said Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, Founding Director of NYU WIRELESS and the David Lee/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical Engineering at the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. He added that the FCC's new program experimental licensing process is perhaps the first like it in the world, and it promises to reduce the waiting time and burden for innovators to experiment in the radio spectrum, allowing experimenters to focus on science and engineering while giving a rapid, 15-day turnaround on experimental license decisions in most cases. "We believe massively broadband mobile communications will eventually migrate to both lower and higher frequency ranges, and we are honored that the FCC chose NYU to be one of two academic institutions to test the portal for usability and accuracy to help pave the way for our wireless future," Rappaport said. "The efficiency and transparency of the new FCC experimental program portal will aid institutions like ours -- as well as governmental spectrum holders and corporations-- to accelerate experimentation of new systems and devices that will eventually become part of our interconnected world. I am particularly grateful to doctoral electrical engineering student Yunchou Xing, who worked closely with the FCC staff as a beta tester for the new portal. His work illustrates the unusual role that NYU WIRELESS has embraced to expand the potential of wireless communications: Not only through fundamental research, modeling and experimentation, but also by building an ecosystem of industrial affiliate sponsors committed to expanding the wireless frontier and working with governments and agencies such as the FCC toward a better wireless future." Xing, an electrical and computer engineering doctoral student at NYU WIRELESS in NYU Tandon, helped the FCC test two websites within the experimental license platform: the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology's Experimental Licensing System, for which he verified log-in and application procedures; and the new Experiments Notification System, which lets a program experimental licensee alert others of plans to conduct research within a particular radio band within a particular geographic region. This feature of transparency allows entities that hold licenses in those bands -- as well as those who stand to be affected by the applicant's research -- to object or to comment. "The FCC's move today launches a new tool that will hopefully reduce the wait time for government authorization to do cutting-edge research and experimental transmissions," said Rappaport. The Office of Engineering and Technology grants more than 2,000 requests for experimental licenses annually, to more than 600 universities, researchers, businesses, and other innovators, according to Julius Knapp, Chief of the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology. "This year alone we have over 35 experimental licenses that have a 5G focus or are in the bands raised in the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding," said Knapp, referring to the conference that led to rules expediting 5G technology. In July 2016, the FCC unanimously adopted the "Spectrum Frontier" rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services, thereby quadrupling the amount of spectrum for wireless providers. NYU WIRELESS played a leading role in proving the viability of mmWave spectrum for future mobile communications. To speed the development of 5G, NYU WIRELESS last year launched the first open-access mmWave channel simulator software (NYUSIM) with a complete statistical spatial channel model, which is based on the research group's experiments showing the channel characteristics at mmWave frequencies.


Thursday 26 February 2015 was a good day for internet freedom campaigners. On that day the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to more strictly regulate internet service providers (ISPs) and to enshrine the principles of “net neutrality” as law. The vote reclassified wireless and fixed-line broadband service providers as Title II “common carriers”, a public utility-type designation that gives the FCC the ability to set rates, open up access to competitors and more closely regulate the industry. “The internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet,” said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. “It’s simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field.” Two years on and Trump’s new FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer, has announced plans to overturn the 2015 order, in turn gutting net neutrality. A vote on this proposal is due to take place on 18 May. Here’s why it matters. Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers (ISPs) treat everyone’s data equally, whether that’s an email from your mom, a bank transfer, or a streamed episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. It means that ISPs don’t get to choose which data is sent more quickly and which sites get blocked or throttled (for example slowing the delivery of a TV show because it’s streamed by a video company that competes with a subsidiary of the ISP) and who has to pay extra. For this reason some have described net neutrality as the “first amendment of the internet”. ISPs provide you with access to the internet and include companies such as Verizon, Comcast, Charter, Verizon, CenturyLink and Cox. Content companies include Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. In some cases ISPs are also content providers, for example Comcast owns NBCUniversal and delivers TV shows through its Xfinity internet service. Content providers including Netflix, Apple and Google. They argue that people are already paying for connectivity and so deserve access to a quality experience. Mozilla, the non-profit company behind the Firefox web browser, is a vocal supporter, and argues that it allows for creativity, innovation and economic growth. More than 800 startups, investors and other people and organizations sent a letter to Pai stating that “without net neutrality the incumbents who provide access to the internet would be able to pick winners or losers in the market. They could impede traffic from our services in order to favor their own services or established competitors. Or they could impose new tolls on us, inhibiting consumer choice.” Many consumers support the rules to protect the openness of the internet. Some of them may have been swayed by Last Week Tonight host John Oliver, who pointed out that “there are multiple examples of ISP fuckery over the years” so restrictions are important. Big broadband companies including AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and Cox. They argue that the rules are too heavy-handed and will stifle innovation and investment in infrastructure and have filed a series of lawsuits challenging the FCC’s authority to impose net neutrality rules. Publicly, however, the message is different. Verizon released an odd video on the topic insisting that they were not trying to kill net neutrality rules and that pro-net neutrality groups are using the issue to fundraise. Comcast also launched a Twitter campaign insisting it supports net neutrality. Yes. Opponents don’t like the idea of putting the federal government at the center of the internet when, as Pai has said, “nothing is broken”. The new FCC chairman argues that the 2015 rules were established on “hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom” and that they are generally bad for business. “It’s basic economics. The more heavily you regulate something, the less of it you’re likely to get,” he said. The big broadband companies publicly state they are quibbling the Title II “common carrier” designation rather than net neutrality per se. They believe they shouldn’t be regulated in the same way that telecommunications services are and prefer the light touch regulation they would otherwise be subject to under their previous Title I designation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The FCC lacks the direct authority to regulate Title I “information services”. Trump’s Republican party is showing its colors as friendly to big corporations even if it leads to the unfettered accumulation of corporate power. It’s the second major roll-back of Obama-era internet protections. In March, Congress voted to allow ISPs to sell the browsing habits of their customers to advertisers. The move, which critics charge will fundamentally undermine consumer privacy in the US, overturned rules drawn up by the FCC that would have given people more control over their personal data. Without the rules, ISPs don’t have to get people’s consent before selling their data – including their browsing histories – to advertisers and others. There are 10 days to protest the roll-back of the FCC’s net neutrality rules. You can use this website to write to the FCC and Congress or leave a voice message for Mozilla, which will collect them all together as an audio file and send them to the FCC.

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