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Federal Register: Proposal To Enable Operation of a Terrestrial Broadband Network in Certain Mobile Satellite Service Spectrum

The FCC has published a proposed rule on Proposal To Enable Operation of a Terrestrial Broadband Network in Certain Mobile Satellite Service Spectrum in the Federal Register:

[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 33 (Wednesday, February 19, 2014)] [Proposed Rules] [Pages 9445-9455] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2014-03618] [[Page 9445]]

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Part 25

[IB Docket No. 13-213; FCC 13-147]

Proposal To Enable Operation of a Terrestrial Broadband Network
in Certain Mobile Satellite Service Spectrum

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Federal Communications Commission
(Commission) proposed to modify its rules for operation of the
Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) of the single Mobile-Satellite
Service (MSS) system operating in the 2483.5-2495 MHz band. The
proposed rule changes would allow the MSS operator to deploy a low-
power terrestrial broadband network that would operate in both
Globalstar’s licensed spectrum at 2483.5-2495 GHz, and, with the same
equipment, spectrum in the adjacent 2473-2483.5 MHz band used by
unlicensed devices. This action could potentially increase the amount
of spectrum available for broadband access in the United States. The
Commission seeks comment on the potential impacts this proposal could
have on unlicensed devices, which operate in the 2400-2483.5 MHz band,
licensed Broadcast Auxiliary Service (BAS) stations, which operate in
the 2483.5-2500 MHz band, and licensed Broadband Radio Service/
Educational Broadband Service (BRS/EBS) stations, which operate in the
2496-2690 MHz band, along with the costs and benefits of the proposed
approach.

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State Department: The U.S. – Poland Information and Communication Technology Bilateral Meeting

Source – US State Department:

The U.S. – Poland Information and Communication Technology Bilateral Meeting

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 7, 2014

Today, U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda hosted a delegation from the Republic of Poland for bilateral meetings on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the U.S. Department of State. The meeting sought to expand bilateral exchanges on ICT policies. The two sides discussed cooperation in the upcoming International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference, 2014 World Telecommunication Development Conference, 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference, and the World Summit on the Information Society+10 process in order to facilitate positive and mutually beneficial outcomes.

Joining Ambassador Sepulveda as part of the U.S. delegation were representatives from the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Commodities Future Trading Commission. The Polish delegation was led by Malgorzata Olszewska, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Administration and Digitization. Undersecretary Olszewska was joined by Magdalena Gaj, Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) and Polish officials from UKE.

Poland and the United States plan to hold a second ICT bilateral meeting in the future.

S. 2032: A bill to require mobile service providers and mobile device manufacturers to give consumers the ability to remotely delete data from mobile devices and render such devices inoperable

S. 2032: A bill to require mobile service providers and mobile device manufacturers to give consumers the ability to remotely delete data from mobile devices and render such devices inoperable was introduced on February 12, 2014 by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

Federal Register: Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services

The FCC has published a Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services (PDF) in the Federal Register:

[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 29 (Wednesday, February 12, 2014)] [Rules and Regulations] [Pages 8308-8326] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2014-02213]

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

47 CFR Part 25

[IB Docket No. 12-267; FCC 13-111]

Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for
Satellite Services

AGENCY: Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted many
changes in its rules, which governs licensing and operation of space
stations and earth stations. Collectively, the changes adopted in this
document will streamline the Commission’s regulations, fostering more
rapid deployment of services to the public, greater investment, and new
innovations in satellite services.

ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference set to meet in Dubai, UAE, 30 March – 10 April 2014 Focus on Broadband for Sustainable Development

Source – ITU:

ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference set to meet in Dubai, UAE, 30 March – 10 April 2014
Focus on Broadband for Sustainable Development
MEDIA ACCREDITATION OPEN
Geneva, 27 January 2014 – The ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14) will meet in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 30 March – 10 April 2014.
Highlighting the overarching theme, Broadband for Sustainable Development, WTDC-14 will focus on development priorities in telecommunications and information and communication technologies (ICT) and agree on the programmes, projects and initiatives to implement them. The outcome of WTDC-14, the Dubai Action Plan, is expected to set the agenda for telecommunication and ICT development over the next four years.
WTDC-14 will assess progress in implementing the Hyderabad Action Plan set in motion in 2010 along with other key areas of activity such as the World Summit on the Information Society, the series of Connect the World Summits held since 2007, and strengthening ITU’s regional presence.
What:
World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014
When:
30 March to 10 April 2014
Where:
Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates
Why:
ITU holds the World Telecommunication Development Conference every four years to take stock of achievements in the ICT sector and in sustainable development. WTDC-14 will adopt a forward-looking agenda for the next four years
Who:

Government leaders and experts, private sector, international and regional organizations, development banks, academia, members of the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector.
Media
Information:
Media accreditation for WTDC-14 is compulsory. Deadline for accreditation is 24 March 2014. UN Press accreditation is valid. Pre-registration is highly recommended. For accreditation procedures please see:
www.itu.int/en/newsroom/wtdc-14/Pages/media-accreditation.aspx
WTDC-14 TV Studio
ITU will conduct TV interviews with key personalities at WTDC-14 and will also produce TV News Reports. The broadcast quality videos will be available to networks for transmission free of charge. Videos can be viewed on ITU’s YouTube channel.
For more information, please see www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/WTDC/WTDC14/Pages/default.aspx

ITU and Republic of Korea sign Host Country Agreement for 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference

Source – ITU:

ITU and Republic of Korea sign Host Country Agreement for 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference
Korea’s second city plans spectacular celebration around the power of information and communication technology
Geneva, 21 October 2013 – ITU and the Government of the Republic of Korea have signed the host country agreement for the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14), which will take place in the port city of Busan from Monday, 20 October to Friday, 7 November 2014.
The Plenipotentiary Conference is the top policy-making body of ITU, the UN agency for ICTs which oversees global radio spectrum allocation, the creation of global technical standards for ICT networks and services, and efforts to promote digital inclusion in under-served communities.
Held every four years, the conference:
sets ITU’s general policies;
adopts four-year strategic and financial plans;
elects the senior management team of the organization, the members of its governing Council, and the members of the Radio Regulations Board; and
Addresses key issues related to ICTs as requested by its Members.
The agreement was signed in Seoul today by ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, and Korea’s Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Choi Mun-Kee.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Conrad Seoul hotel, Dr Touré congratulated the host country on its commitment to arriving at a mutually-agreed contract that will pave the way to the next major milestone in ITU’s 148-year history.
“This agreement is a major landmark on the road to PP-14,”said Dr Touré. “A sound and solid host country agreement is indispensable to a successful conference, and I am very pleased to see that, here in Korea, the internal preparatory process is also moving forward with confidence.”
Minister Choi said that “through its hosting of ITU’s PP-14, Korea will showcase its status as an ICT powerhouse to the international community.”
PP-14 will take place at Bexco, Busan’s state-of-the-art exhibition and convention centre. The Korean government is planning a number of side-events to complement the conference. Details can be found on the host country website: www.itupp2014.org/en_main/?en_popup=1

ITU: Ghana hosts regional preparatory meeting for ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014

Source – ITU:

Ghana hosts regional preparatory meeting for ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014
Push for ICTs as agents of development and empowerment in Africa
Geneva, 2 October 2013 – The Regional Preparatory Meeting for Africa, ahead of ITU’s World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014, opened today in Ghana, Accra. The meeting, which will be in session until 4 October, will assess the ongoing implementation of the Hyderabad Plan of Action agreed at the last edition of the Conference in 2010 and identify priority areas for ICT development strategies in the African region.
ITU’s sixth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14) will take place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 31 March – 11 April 2014. The gathering of policy makers, regulators and experts from around the world will forge a plan of action for telecommunication and ICT development over the next four years. The preparatory meeting in Accra will address key areas of interest for the African region.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré welcomed the opportunity to hold the preparatory meeting for WTDC-14 in Accra. “Ghana has been endowed with natural resources like many other African countries, but it has built on its human capital and innovation to develop high economic growth and count among top per capita GDP rates on the continent,” Touré said in his message. “This is an inspiration for us to invest in ICT development in Africa and capitalize on the inherent talent for innovation among African people to generate overall economic growth and achieve the goals of sustainable development.”
Ghana enjoys over 100% mobile cellular subscriptions with 26.33 million subscribers recorded in February this year. Mobile broadband subscriptions surpassed 33 per cent with over 17 per cent of the population using the Internet.
Addressing the opening session of the meeting, ITU Deputy Secretary-General Houlin Zhao, said, “ITU is committed to connecting the world, and to bring the benefits of ICTs to the world’s people. We will continue to make bold steps in accelerating progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.”
Noting that the RPM aims to advance openness and inclusion in the discussions of ICT for development and ITU’s commitment to connecting the world serves as “a catalyst for Africa’s attainment the Millennium Development Goals”, Minister for Communications and Technology of Ghana, Mr Edward K. Omane Boamah, remarked, “Over the past five years, Africa’s mobile market overtook fixed lines in 2001 and now outnumber fixed telephone lines by nearly ten to one, with mobile cellular subscribers set to grow to more than 300 million by the year end.” He noted that this potential for development brings Africa into the Information Technology Age.
The African region has experienced remarkable growth in mobile-cellular networks and services development since 2008, allowing an increasing number of the almost 850 million people in the region to get connected and join the information society. Within five years, the region’s mobile-cellular penetration rate has doubled from 32 to 64 per cent and active mobile-broadband penetration, which was practically non-existent in 2008, has grown to almost 11 per cent. ICT uptake in the region has been growing faster than in other regions, with the 2008-2013 growth rates of key ICT services well above the global average.
“Credit goes to governments for their political will, to the private sector for investing in the ICT sector, and to the citizens for a high uptake of these new technologies,” said Brahima Sanou, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. “I believe the future is very bright for Africa.”
Sanou pointed to the global population of young people born in the digital age that are nurtured on information and communication technologies as an integral part of their lives. “More than 20 per cent of the population in Africa consists of young people within the 15-24 age range – as compared to 12.4 per cent in Europe,” Sanou noted. “As the future is in the hands of the youth, the prospects for Africa are very good.”
The RPM was preceded by the Regional Development Forum (RDF) for Africa. The Forum provided a platform for open dialogue, cooperation and partnerships among telecommunication/ICT policy makers, regulators, industry, academia, regional and international development agencies and organizations on telecommunication/ICT issues of regional concern.
Based on ICT for Development and Empowerment in Africa – IDEA, the sessions focused on broadband as an enabling agent for development and empowerment in Africa, examining innovative ways and initiatives to bring broadband applications and services to users, especially in the areas of governance, healthcare, commerce, agriculture and education. Particular attention was given to the ITU m-Powering Development initiative and the potential for mobile applications to change lives. Enhancing cybersecurity featured prominently with an emphasis on creating a safer cyberspace for children, electronic transactions, and personal data protection with the establishment of Computer Incidence Response Teams (CIRT).
Countries of the region welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the preparations for the upcoming world conference in 2014. A series of regional meetings have taken place around the world this year to provide inputs to WTDC-14, with two more of the six preparatory meetings remaining.
For more information, please see www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Conferences/WTDC/WTDC14/RPM-AFR/Pages/default.aspx

EVENT: Kaleidoscope 2014: Living in a converged world – impossible without standards?

Source – ITU:

Kaleidoscope 2014: Living in a converged world – impossible without standards?
Living in a converged world – impossible without standards? That’s the question posed as the title of the sixth ITU Kaleidoscope academic conference. Kaleidoscope 2014 will be hosted by Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg State University of Telecommunications (SPbSUT), Russian Federation, 3-5 June 2014.

Kaleidoscope events are peer-reviewed academic conferences that increase dialogue between academics and experts working on ICT standardization.

Kaleidoscope 2014 is calling for academic papers offering innovative approaches to research on the role of ICT standardization in today’s global economy characterized by accelerating convergence of industry sectors and technologies.

The conference will uncover ideas to leverage this convergence in service of the public interest. It will highlight areas where ICT standards will improve energy efficiency and ease the introduction of new services in fields spanning healthcare, education, transport, banking, energy and more. The event will also explore means to enhance the inclusivity of the Information Society; addressing the demands of people with disabilities, and the need for standards to be accessible to people of different countries and languages.

Kaleidoscope 2014 is being organized by ITU with the technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE ComSoc, the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE) of Japan and the Popov Society of the Russian Federation. Partners in the organization of 2014’s event are the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation; Waseda University; the Institute of Image Electronics Engineers of Japan (I.I.E.E.J.); the European Academy for Standardization (EURAS); the University of the Basque Country; and Tampere University of Technology.

A Call for Papers has been issued and invites submissions until 25 November 2013. A prize fund totaling $10,000 will be awarded to the three best papers. Selected papers will be published in the conference’s proceedings and in IEEE Xplore. The best papers will be evaluated for potential publication in IEEE Communications Magazine. In addition, selected papers will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Technology Marketing or the International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research. Young authors presenting a paper at the conference will receive Young Author Recognition certificates.

ITU Readies New 1Gbit/s Broadband Standard

Source – ITU:

ITU Readies New 1Gbit/s Broadband Standard
G.fast Uses Existing Wires to Deliver Fibre Performance at Lower Costs
Geneva, 16 July 2013 – G.fast, a new ITU broadband standard, that promises up to 1 Gbit/s over existing copper telephone wires, is one step closer following a meeting of ITU-T Study Group 15 this week. G.fast is designed to deliver superfast downloads up to a distance of 250 meters, thereby eliminating the expense of installing fibre between the distribution point and people’s homes.
The Geneva meeting saw first stage approval of ITU standard, Recommendation ITU-T G.9700, that specifies methods to minimize the risk of G.fast equipment interfering with broadcast services such as FM radio, paving the way for G.fast to be approved in early 2014.
G.fast is expected to be deployed by service providers wanting to provide fibre to the home (FTTH) like services, which will enable flexible upstream and downstream speeds to support bandwidth-intensive applications such as streaming Ultra-HDTV movies, uploading high-resolution video and photo libraries to cloud-based storage, and communicating via HD video.
Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General, ITU: “Since the early days of the World Wide Web, people around the world have accessed the vast resource that has become the Internet via ITU standards. I applaud our membership for continuing to show great leadership in the development of these specifications that bring broadband into our homes at ever increasing speeds and at ever greater efficiencies.”
The G.fast work has attracted active participation by a large number of leading service providers, chip manufacturers, and system vendors.
An important feature of G.fast is that it will enable self-installation by consumers without a technician’s assistance. For service providers, self-install eliminates the expense of deploying technicians to the consumer’s home, thereby also improving the speed at which they can rollout new services. Consumers will benefit from not having to arrange to be at home for a technician’s visit.
“G.fast is an important standard for service providers globally,” said Tom Starr, chairman of ITU-T Study Group 15, Working Party 1, which oversees the G.fast effort. “Service providers will be able to deliver fibre-like performance more quickly and more affordably than with any other approach.”
“G.fast provides the speed of fibre with the ease of installation of ADSL2,” said Les Brown, Associate Rapporteur of the G.fast Experts Group.
The new G.fast standard is being coordinated with the Broadband Forum’s system architecture project, Fibre to the Distribution Point (FTTdp). The ITU-T and Broadband Forum have been working closely to ensure that G.fast solutions can be quickly placed into FTTdp deployments.
Video interview with Frank van der Putten, Rapporteur, Question 4, Study Group 15: http://youtu.be/bXg_vRaFBpg

Federal Register: Federal Earth Stations–Non-Federal Fixed Satellite Service Space Stations; Spectrum for Non-Federal Space Launch Operations

The FCC has published a proposed rule on Federal Earth Stations–Non-Federal Fixed Satellite Service Space Stations; Spectrum for Non-Federal Space Launch Operationsin (PDF) the Federal Register (78 Fed. Reg. 39200-39232):

SUMMARY: This document proposes to make spectrum allocation proposals for three different space related purposes. The Commission makes two alternative proposals to modify the Allocation Table to provide interference protection for Fixed-Satellite Service (FSS) and Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) earth stations operated by Federal agencies under authorizations granted by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in certain frequency bands. The Commission also proposes to amend a footnote to the Allocation Table to permit a Federal MSS system to operate in the 399.9-400.05 MHz band; also makes alternative proposals to modify the Allocation Table to provide access to spectrum on an interference protected basis to Commission licensees for use during the launch of launch vehicles (i.e. rockets). The Commission also seeks comment broadly on the future spectrum needs of the commercial space sector. The Commission expects that, if adopted, these proposals would advance the commercial space industry and the important role it will play in our nation’s economy and technological innovation now and in the future.