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FCC to Vote on 5G Proposal

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new rules to open up spectrum for 5G applications. At a National Press Club luncheon in Washington DC in June, Wheeler spoke about why the FCC should make 5G a top priority for fostering American innovation.
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FCC Dismisses Petition for Experimental Operation on Amateur Radio Bands

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has denied two petitions from James E. Whedbee, an amateur radio operator from Missouri. In a June 2016 letter, Scot Stone, Deputy Chief of the Mobility Division explained that the Commission concluded that Whedbee’s petitions did not present enough evidence to merit a rule change.
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FCC Fines New Jersey Trio for Pirate Radio Operations

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued penalties to three men for operating pirate radio stations in New Jersey. According to the Forfeiture Orders, the men willfully and repeatedly conducted illegal radio operations, despite repeated warnings from the FCC.
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New Record for Visible Light Communication

Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia have achieved a new bandwidth record for data communication using visible light. They developed a new visible light communication (VLC) device that uses a color converter that combines traditional materials with perovskites, the crystals that better known for their potential for solar cells. The new color converter has a bandwidth that is 40 times greater than today’s commercial converters.
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Retailer to Pay $34.9 Million Fine for Selling Jammers

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a $34.9 million fine against a Chinese company for marketing and selling illegal signal jamming devices to U.S. consumers. C.T.S. Technology, a Chinese electronics manufacturer and online retailer, is accused of selling jammers and misleading consumers.

Could the Q-Band Improve Satellite Communications?

Researchers from a Scottish university are investigating whether the Q-band of the microwave part of the electromagnetic spectrum could be used for satellite communication systems. Unfortunately, these higher frequency waves are susceptible to breaking up during inclement weather.
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Facebook and Microsoft to Build High-Capacity Transatlantic Cable

In the past, telecommunications companies have built the infrastructure to support the Internet, but now edge providers (the businesses that provide online content and services) are taking a direct approach. Microsoft and Facebook just announced that they are partnering to build a giant cable that will be capable of moving 160 terabits per second.
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New World Record for Wireless Data Transmission

German researchers have set a new world record for wireless data transmission. They achieved six gigabits per second, sending the entire contents of a DVD in less than ten seconds using radio waves.