FCC has “serious doubts” that SpaceX can deliver latencies under 100ms

[ad_1] The Federal Communications Commission said it has “serious doubts” that SpaceX and other low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite providers will be able to deliver latencies of less than 100ms. As we reported yesterday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai backed off a plan that would have completely prevented SpaceX and other LEO companies from applying for rural-broadband…

Ajit Pai caves to SpaceX but is still skeptical of Musk’s latency claims

[ad_1] Getty Images | Yuichiro Chino The Federal Communications Commission has reversed course on whether to let SpaceX and other satellite providers apply for rural-broadband funding as low-latency providers. But Chairman Ajit Pai said companies like SpaceX will have to prove they can offer low latencies as the FCC does not plan to “fund untested…

FCC failed to monitor Chinese telecoms for almost 20 years: Senate report

[ad_1] Enlarge / The flag of China. The Federal Communications Commission and other US agencies have failed to properly oversee Chinese telecom companies that operate in the United States, according to a bipartisan Senate report released today. After a year-long investigation, the staff report by the US Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations “found that the…

Frontier users must pay “rental” fee for equipment they own until December

[ad_1] Enlarge / Don’t worry, the fire isn’t real. Getty Images | RapidEye Broadband and TV providers can keep charging “rental” fees for equipment that customers own themselves until December 2020, thanks to a Federal Communications Commission ruling that delays implementation of a new law. A law approved by Congress and signed by President Trump…

Bankrupt OneWeb seeks license for 48,000 satellites, even more than SpaceX

[ad_1] SpaceX and OneWeb have asked for US permission to launch tens of thousands of additional satellites into low Earth orbit. SpaceX’s application to launch 30,000 satellites—in addition to the nearly 12,000 it already has permission for—is consistent with SpaceX’s previously announced plans for Starlink. OneWeb’s application to launch nearly 48,000 satellites is surprising because…

Making Internet service a utility—what’s the worst that could happen?

[ad_1] The cable industry takes a subtle approach to anti-Title II advertising. It’s 2020, and a coronavirus pandemic has underscored how crucial broadband service is to the lives of Americans for work, entertainment, and school. Internet service is a necessity, and yet it isn’t regulated as a utility the way services like water and electricity…

US military is furious at FCC over 5G plan that could interfere with GPS

[ad_1] Enlarge / Dana Deasy, Department of Defense chief information officer, testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on May 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Getty Images GPS is facing a major interference threat from a 5G network approved by the Federal Communications Commission, US military officials told Congress in a hearing on Wednesday.…