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FCC Chairman to Appoint New Enforcement Bureau Chief
(from ARRL Bulletins)
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced that he intends to appoint Rosemary C. Harold to serve as chief of the Enforcement Bureau. Michael Carowitz, who has been serving as acting bureau chief, will become the Bureau’s deputy chief. Harold is an attorney with experience within the FCC agency and in private practice; she’s also a former journalist.
“This agency has a critical role to play in enforcing the law to protect consumers and support competition in the communications marketplace,” Pai said “Our Enforcement Bureau has been getting back on track in recent months, and I am confident in Rosemary’s ability to continue this progress.”
Pai also praised Carowitz’s work as acting chief. “Michael’s steady hand at the helm of this important Bureau has helped us stay on task in protecting consumers and enforcing the law,” he said.
The Enforcement Bureau is charged with enforcing the Communications Act, FCC rules, and various licensing terms and conditions. It also investigates instances of possible unlawful conduct involving the regulated RF spectrum.
Expect some FirstNet builds by the end of the year, but pace will pick up in 2018
(from RCR Wireless News and John Ross, KD8IDJ - Ohio Public Information Coordinator)
Earlier this week, AT&T and the First Responders Network Authority released state plans for the multi-billion build of a nationwide LTE network for first responders. Later in the week, during the Wells Fargo 5G Forum, AT&T Senior Vice President of Technology Planning and Engineering Scott Mair shared details of the FirstNet timeline, as well as the opportunity presented by the new allocation of 60 megahertz of 700 MHz spectrum.
Mair explained AT&T would leverage the FirstNet build to further bolster its commercial business as a function of not only spectrum sharing, but also deployment logistics.
“We’re going to use the FirstNet build, and as we touch the towers to build FirstNet, we’re going to put that other spectrum to use. That’s going to put a lot of capacity into the network. When you touch the tower, you’re not just touching it for FirstNet, but you’re touching it to put other bands of spectrum…in service as well.”