Wireless Industry News

Now that the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) has officially gotten off the ground, FCC commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Mignon Clyburn have called for new policies that are technology-agnostic and put the consumer first.

In February, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai created the BDAC to look at ways to make reforms related to key infrastructure and regulatory issues: pole attachment rules, identifying unreasonable regulatory barriers to broadband deployment, ways to encourage local governments to adopt deployment-friendly policies, and other reforms.

One of the key issues that the committee will focus on is helping to alleviate the confusion related to getting necessary permitting and rights-of-way in local towns and cities. After becoming chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai said in his first speech that his key goal was to close the digital divide by providing incentives to privately owned ISPs to build out networks. Read More

Verizon Wireless activated its Category M1 LTE network, making it the first U.S. carrier to launch a nationwide LTE network dedicated to the internet of things. The carrier said it will offer IoT data plans for as little as $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases.

Category M1 LTE is very different from the higher categories of LTE that smartphones use. Uplink and downlink speeds are both capped at one megabit per second, and bandwidth is capped at 1.4 megahertz per device. This is said to enable low-cost connectivity chipsets for devices that do not need constant communication with the network. Category M1 modems are roughly 75% less complex than Category 1 modems, which are currently used to connect IoT devices to LTE networks