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August 2022

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

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Lockheed, AT&T trial 5G data send from helicopter

AT&T's private 5G network enabled a Black Hawk helicopter in Connecticut to transfer health and usage data to a Lockheed Martin operation center in about five minutes, the companies announced. The proof-of-concept test, which ran through Lockheed's 5G.MIL network and an AT&T multi-access edge computer server, reduced the time by 25 minutes.

Full Story: FierceWireless (9/9),  Washington Technology (9/9) 

White House outlines desired big tech reforms

Large technology companies could lose their special legal status and protections under reform principles the White House announced Sept. 8 and could face national privacy laws. President Joe Biden's administration also wants stricter safeguards for children, more tech competition, enhanced platform algorithm and content moderation transparency, and an end to decisions based on biased algorithms.

Full Story: MediaPost Communications (free registration) (9/8),  Reuters (9/8) 

Verizon Business' Sowmyanarayan names SVP of 5G Acceleration

Verizon Business head Sampath Sowmyanarayan is filling out his leadership team naming Jennifer Artley to helm 5G Acceleration, a unit that will oversee the technology's adoption and monetization. Sowmyanarayan is excited about the revenue the company is starting to see for 5G

Full Story: Light Reading (9/9) 

ICYMI: FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program outreach toolkit

The FCC released its Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) outreach toolkit to help raise awareness of the internet support program. The toolkit includes infographics, fact sheets, flyers, consumer handouts, audio PSA's, overview videos, newsletter blurbs, press releases and social media posts to help spread the word. Learn more about the program or how to become a partner here.

KEY UPCOMING DATES

NTA Announcements

Quick Bites from RegScan
September 12, 2022

  • The FCC issued a tentative agenda for its Sept. 29, 2022 open meeting, and will consider four items.
     

  • The Wireline Competition Bureau granted a waiver of Section 54.314(d)(1), extending until Oct. 31, 2022, the filing deadline for states or ETCs not subject to the jurisdiction of a state to certify the proper use of federal high-cost universal service support.
     

  • The Office of Inspector General announced it issued an advisory on Affordable Connectivity Program fraud. In connection with the advisory, the WCB announced it is implementing additional program integrity measures. Commissioner Carr issued a statement.
     

  • Starlink filed an application for review of the WCB’s decision to deny its RDOF application.
     

  • The FCC committed over $81 million in additional Emergency Connectivity Fund support, bringing total program commitments to over $5.8 billion.
     

  • Comments were filed on the FNPRM to modify the FCC’s access stimulation rules to address ongoing arbitrage of the ICC regime. Replies are due Oct. 3, 2022.
     

  • The FCC announced the Commission Registration System is open for payment of fiscal year 2022 regulatory fees, which are due Sept. 28, 2022.
     

  • Thirty-four senators sent a letter to senate leaders, expressing support for funding the secure networks reimbursement program shortfall.

Sept. 16 – Replies are due on the seventh FNPRM and fifth FNPRM on robocalls.

Report: Viewers streamed 5% more minutes in Q2

Roku led the market for streaming devices in the US during the second quarter, at 32.6%, a Conviva report reveals. The study also shows that streaming minutes rose by 5% in North America, 90% in Asia and 70% in Latin America.

Full Story: TV Tech (9/9),  Next TV/Broadcasting+Cable (9/8) 

MaxLinear debuts 3 AnyWAN chips for broadband gateways

MaxLinear brought out three new AnyWAN chipsets designed for broadband gateway devices in hopes of capturing market share from Broadcom. The URX850, URX851 and MxL25641 chipsets are fabricated with 16-nanometer process technology.

Full Story: FierceTelecom (9/9) 

Did you know? Broadband helps take nearly 200K cars off the road

Tech is helping to support a sustainable future in more than just the communications industry. The climate is benefitting from broadband-enabled technology solutions like smart water systems, precision agriculture, smart homes and more. Learn more here.