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FCC Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Presents Plan for Spectrum Use at Wireless Convention

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WASHINGTON, May 22, 2013 – Addressing spectrum demands and encouraging mobile innovation are the two keys to advancement in communications, said Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association 2013 convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Monday.

Clyburn highlighted a number of strategies the FCC has enacted or plans to enact in order to make efficient use of spectrum space. The incentive auction program is being evaluated and improved, and an auction is being planned for some time in 2014.

Additionally, in accordance with the Spectrum Act, the FCC is preparing to auction of 10 megahertz of spectrum in the H block, which comprises the spectrum from 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz, as well as 55 megahertz in other bands.

Clyburn also expressed a desire to encourage innovations that will allow available spectrum space to be used more efficiently. In particular, she noted FCC facilitation of small cell technology in the 3.5 gigahertz band.

The 3.5 gigahertz band is a higher frequency than most cellular communications, and spectrum in those frequencies doesn’t enjoy the advantage of penetrating walls and buildings as well as spectrum in other bands.

Innovations in mobile technology have also played an important role in our society, Clyburn said. She noted the rising number of adults who rely exclusive on mobile service providers for voice service as well as the growing wealth of apps.

“The growth of the wireless industry and the opportunities being unleashed by the mobile revolution is nothing short of remarkable,” she said.

Vilsack Announces Funding of 126 Broadband Projects

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WASHINGTON August 4, 2010 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the funding of 126 new broadband projects with a funding total of $1.2 billion. The projects will span 38 states and a number of Native American tribal areas.

“The broadband projects announced today will give rural Americans access to the tools they need to attract new businesses, jobs, health care and educational opportunities,” Vilsack said. “The Obama Administration understands that bringing broadband to rural America provides a gateway for businesses and key anchor institutions – such as libraries, schools, public safety and community centers – to provide services to thousands of Americans. These projects will create jobs building these networks, and the completed systems will provide a platform for rural economic growth for years to come.”

The $1.2 billion in government funds is being supplemented by $117 million in private investment.

There are 44 DSL projects, 18 mobile projects, and 39 fiber projects.

The majority of the mobile projects are by WiMax provider Utopian Wireless. The firm received $ 5,833,303.00 and will create 10 networks across 8 states.

A full list of the projects can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/broadband_project_descriptions.pdf

Internet Access on the Rise, According to Pew Study

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WASHINGTON, July 21, 2010 – According to a study of general Internet and phone use released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, “African-Americans and Latinos continue to outpace whites in their use of data applications on handheld devices.” Among other things, the study found that whereas 80% of non-Hispanic Whites own a cell phone, 87% of both Blacks and Hispanics do. The gap in the statistics widen in areas of data usage, with nearly twice as many blacks using phones to receive instant messages as whites, and more than twice as many Hispanics as whites doing so.

The study investigated several areas regarding cell phone and internet usage. According to Pew’s statement on methodology, “This report is based on the findings of a daily tracking survey on Americans’ use of the Internet. The results in this report are based on data from telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International between April 29 and May 30, 2010, among a sample of 2,252 adults, age 18 and older.”

The survey examined three areas specifically – “the current state of wireless internet usage,” “internet use and data applications using mobile phones” and “mobile access using laptops and other devices.”

“Nine in ten 18-29 year olds own a cell phone, and these young cell owners are significantly more likely than those in other age groups to engage in all of the mobile data applications we asked about in our survey.”

Among the facts the study found surrounding young voters, it was noted that “95% send or receive text messages,” “65% access the internet using their mobile phone” and “33% have posted a video online.”

The study found that cell phone internet use was particularly high among Americans with lower-income. The study notes that “17% of those earning less than $30,000 per year are cell-only wireless users, as are 20% of those who have not graduated from high school and 15% of those who have graduated high school but have not attended college,” whereas “the affluent and well-educated have higher overall levels of wireless internet use due to their much higher rates of ownership and use of laptop computers.”

With regard to the issue of internet use and data applications using mobile phones, the study found that “the use of non-voice data applications has grown significantly over the last year.” Specifically, the study noted that “More than half of mobile web users go online from their phones on a daily basis” and “Among mobile internet users, frequency of use is highest among the affluent and well-educated, as well as Latinos. Among those who go online using a handheld device 55% of English-speaking Hispanics, 52% of college graduates and 56% of those with a household income of $75,000 or more per year use their cell phone to go online several times a day.”

In dealing with mobile access using laptops and other devices, the study explained that “as of May 2010 55% of all American adults own a laptop computer,” adding that “This is the first time since the Pew Internet Project began surveying laptop ownership that more than half of all adults own a laptop computer, and represents an eight percentage point increase since a similar point in 2009.”

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