Wireless Industry News

LAS VEGAS—Articulating his laissez faire regulatory philosophies in broad strokes to a cheering throngs of broadcast-industry denizens in an NAB keynote address Tuesday morning, new Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai promised to “modernize” FCC rules, “cut red tape” and generally “give broadcasters the tools they need to better serve their audiences."

“The last thing broadcast needs are outdated rules standing in their way,” he said to loud applause. “We want to make sure the rules match the reality of 2017, not 1987. 

Pai said agency commissioners will begin a “comprehensive review” of rules affecting broadcasters, cable operators and satellite TV companies this spring. “We’re going to see if certain rules should be modified to provide regulatory relief for small business,” said Pai, who took over for the more heavy-handed Tom Wheeler in January. 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