Wireless Industry News

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been asked by a bipartisan group of 56 senators in a letter to continue working to advance broadband deployment in hard-to-serve rural areas.

Led by Senators Deb Fischer, R–Neb., and Amy Klobuchar, D–Minn., the letter asked the FCC to ensure the Universal Service Fund (USF) High-Cost program “can achieve the goal of making affordable broadband available to Americans in high-cost rural areas.”

Congress has been an ardent supporter of reforming the USF program, with an eye on enabling rural service providers to build out broadband infrastructure in areas that serve a smaller amount of consumers and businesses. 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