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Objections made to claims about interference with satellite in the US

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It’s been four years since US regulator, the FCC, voted to make 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band available for unlicensed use, but one incumbent user says it has recently measured a “dramatic rise” in the 5.1 GHz noise level, reports Cablefax. “Globalstar has petitioned the commission to open up a notice of inquiry regarding the viability of continued spectrum sharing – a move that the cable industry warns could have devastating consequences on Americans’ Wi-Fi experience.” The opening of the band, among other things, has allowed Wi-Fi to be deployed more easily at outdoor venues, mass transit stations, corporate campuses and universities. Since May of 2014, Globalstar said it has confirmed a 2 dB increase in the 5.1 GHz noise level, warning that a failure by the FCC to take corrective action could endanger the lives of its subscribers as some rely on its mobile satellite services for critical back-up capabilities for public safety personnel during disasters when terrestrial networks can be rendered inoperable.

But NCTA, the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, and Cisco have filed objections to the petition, arguing that Globalstar has failed to allege any concrete harm. Read more

  • Monday, 23 July 2018

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