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Massive small cell investment needed to support 5G

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission meets later today to, among other things, vote on a proposal that will streamline small cell deployment rules and, if adopted, make it easier for carriers to build out small cell sites needed to deliver on 5G.

The meat of the proposed order would:

  • Ban local regulations designed to prohibit wireless infrastructure deployment;
  • Standardize the fee structure cities can charge for reviewing small cell projects;
  • Establish a 60-day shot clock for attaching small cells to existing structures and 90 days for new builds;
  • And sets “modest guardrails on other municipal rules that may prohibit service.”

Ahead of the vote, Commissioner Brendan Carr worked to gain consensus from municipal-level leaders. “More than several dozen mayors, local officials, and state lawmakers have called on the FCC to streamline the rules governing small cell buildout,” Carr said in a statement. “They want the FCC to build on the commonsense reforms adopted in state legislatures and town councils across the country so that every community—from big city to small town—gets a fair shot at next-generation connectivity. As they put it, FCC action will help spur investment and infrastructure buildout in their communities, while helping the U.S. win the race to 5G. I am glad to see the support from this diverse group of state and local officials.”

The proposal got another boost this week when the Wall Street Journal editorial board came out strongly in favor of the potential rule changes. The authors characterized the current level of local approval as pushed by “self-serving behavior from local politicians has become so egregious that it’s prompting welcome intervention” from regulators.

 

Update: The FCC today approved the small cell order outlined above. Carr said in a statement: “In the global race to 5G, the stakes are high—it is about economic leadership for the next decade. The smart infrastructure policies we adopt today strengthen America’s role as a tech and economic leader while ensuring that every community benefits from 5G. Wireless providers are projected to spend $275 billion in the U.S. to build 5G, which represents a massive private sector investment in American infrastructure and jobs—without a penny of new taxes. Today’s order streamlines the approval process for 5G small cells and helps ensure that our country will continue to be the innovation hub of the world.”

The move was applauded by Jonathan Adelstein, a former FCC commissioner and president of the Wireless Infrastructure Association. Adelstein said in a statement, “As promising as 5G is, it’s only as good as the infrastructure on which it’s deployed. And 5G will require all manner of infrastructure, including macro towers and small cells. As Commissioner O’Rielly said, macro towers play a key role in wireless networks. That role will expand in 5G. I commend Chairman Pai and Commissioner O’Rielly for their plans to address all types of wireless infrastructure in a future proceeding. WIA looks forward to working with them and the entire Commission to build on the amazing progress the FCC made today.”

 

article originally posted on rcrwireless.

What is Cord Cutting?

Everywhere you go there is someone or a group talking about cutting the cord and how much they love it. Well, let me tell you that while some think it is the best thing since sliced bread others have been a little hesitant to fully adopt the lifestyle.

In this segment, I am going to explain what it means to cut the cord, what it takes to cut the cord, and hopefully clear up some of the doubts that exist.

So first of all when you cut the cord you are not getting rid of that cable that is coming into your house, apartment, or wherever you call home. You are cutting off the dependence you have on the cable or satellite company to provide you with daily entertainment. With the ongoing advancements in technology, there are lots of ways for you to watch your favorite episode of The Big Bang Theory, or watch that episode of The Bachelor you missed this week. Keep reading and I will explain how you can do this while not giving all of your money to the cable or satellite company.

So if you’re still reading I have piqued your interest in saving your family some of that hard earned money you earn. So first you need to sit down and decide what all you and your family actually watch. See when my family paid for satellite TV, we would spend over $200 for channels that we never even watched. Why do you ask, well because that was the package that this company provided that had the few channels we did watch. So here is where all this wonderful technology comes in. Once you have gone through and made that list of what you need, then it is time to look at your options. Are you ok with watching shows after they have aired, or would you rather have the option to watch live TV? This will help choose what sites or system you will need.

So to start you will need a reliable internet provider, which for many would mean still having to rely on that pesky cable company since most of us only have that one company that provides high-speed internet. Now if you are lucky enough to have a company that provides a really good and reliable DSL service, don’t discount them. DSL is a good option if you are not worried about streaming 4K quality shows or movies to several devices at the same time. I know folks that only have one or two devices streaming at a time and they are ok with a High definition or even Standard Definition quality. There is an option for everyone.

So you have the company you want so now what kind of equipment do you need. Well, the internet company will be quick to offer to rent you one of their high-speed cable modems and a router for what they call a low monthly fee. But if you really think about it it is not really a low fee, see if you take that amount and multiply it by say 12 or 24 months you will have paid for a brand new one several times over. You can buy a simple cable modem like this TP-Link TC-7610  or the Arris Surfboard SB6141 that will work for a basic setup. Now if you are looking at being able to stream that 4k movie and play online games maybe you will want a modem like this Arris Surfboard SB8200 or the NETGEAR CM1000-1AZNAS that will allow making the most of that large bandwidth. Speaking of bandwidth or internet speed, you don’t need a lot for a basic setup. Most people can get by just fine with a 25Mbs or 30Mbs internet speed.

Once you have decided on your modem you will need to choose a router. Now things to consider is if you will have your streaming device connect via a cable or via wifi. Technology now makes it so that you are able to stream things via wifi and get that HD or even 4K quality. Here you also have various options to go with depending on your personal preference. You can go with a basic router like a Belkin AC1200, a NETGEAR AC1200 or go high end with the NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 or the ASUS GT-AC5300.

Streaming devices have come a long way, it used to be you needed a computer to stream something but now there are lots of options in smaller shapes and sizes to choose from.

The top-selling four devices are Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Apple TV. All are great options for different reasons, so make sure you choose the one that is best for you.

For ease of use, I would recommend a Roku streaming device. It’s basic and straightforward, and it has the most streaming video apps of any player with an easy-to-use remote. You can choose from the Roku Express up to the Roku Ultra.

For flexible open streaming players, check out the Fire TV and Android TV. Both Fire TV and Android TV players allow side loading of a wide range of apps. If you like to tinker, we recommend checking them out. FireTV from Amazon comes in various options from the FireTV Stick to the FireTV Cube. As for the Android TV, you can look at the NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming System.

There are a lot of live streaming services available, and it may seem overwhelming, but it is easier than you think. You will likely need more than one streaming service, but the good news is almost all of them offer a free trial. I suggest you take advantage of the free trials to see what fits your needs.

The number of live TV streaming services is growing. Right now you can pick from Sling TV, Hulu, YouTube TV, fuboTV, Philo, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW to name a few.

Then you have the popular On-Demand streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.