Keller and Heckman LLP Telecom Business Alert - Vol. VIII Issue 35: FCC Investigates Service Disruptions After East Coast Quake

 

FCC Investigates Service Disruptions Following East Coast Quake

Commercial wireless service was disrupted, as commercial networks proved unreliable in the aftermath of last Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake near Washington, D.C. Spinning the story as best they could, wireless carriers reported no infrastructure damage from the earthquake and attributed service disruptions to heavy call volumes. The Trade Press reports the FCC contacted several wireless carriers to determine the cause of the disruptions and develop steps to improve communications service during future emergencies. This latest cell network debacle-a scenario outlined by Public Safety representatives in testimony and numerous filings in the 700 MHz D-Block allocation discussions-underscores the importance of allocating broadband spectrum dedicated for Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure Industry use. Please contact Doug Jarrett (202.434.4180; jarrett@khlaw.com) with questions.

Motorola Solutions Agrees to Sell Fixed-Wireless Business

Last week, Motorola Solutions agreed to sell its point-to-point (PTP) Orthogon and point-to-multipoint (PMP) Canopy business units to Vector Capital, a private equity firm for an undisclosed amount. Vector Capital has indicated that it plans to continue operating these business units under the name Cambium Networks. The PTP and PMP businesses are leaders in the wireless broadband industry. The deal is expected to close by the end of September and follows news from earlier this month that Motorola Mobility Holdings will be acquired by Google for approximately $12.5 billion. For questions, please contact Greg Kunkle (202.434.4178; kunkle@khlaw.com).

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