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Round-up of the latest industry news – November 2022

28.11.2022
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Twitter has closed its Brussels office and the two executives responsible for the company’s digital policy in Europe have left. Some EU officials have expressed concern over the company’s willingness to follow the bloc’s new rules, set out in the Digital Services Act, which are designed to police online content.

The FCC has announced the release of its new National Broadband Map. The website will display location-level information about broadband services available throughout the US, aiming to provide users with accurate information on availability, price, and speed. The commission says that it is still in draft, and expects a public challenge process to help improve it.

The EU will allow 5G on aircraft and Wi-Fi on the road in an updated decision on spectrum for mobile communications. Services will use designated frequencies and be connected to ground equipment via satellite, using a ‘pico-cell’. The European Commission expects the plan to ‘enable innovative services’. Similar plans in the US were abandoned after objections from airlines and the military. The Commission has also decided to make the 5GHz Wi-Fi bands available in road transport, to be implemented by member states as soon as possible. The decision is thought to pave the way for future metaverse applications.

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