Oct 2, 2017

Intel and Intelsat partner on plan to free up 5G airwaves

John Locher / AP

Intel and satellite company Intelsat are joining forces to propose making airwaves used by satellites available for 5G wireless networks that are vital to the growing Internet of Things. They've filed their proposal with the FCC in response to the agency's request for ideas on using certain types of wireless spectrum for 5G.

Why it matters: 5G networks are the next frontier in wireless connectivity, especially with the rise of connected devices ranging from appliances to cars.

The details:

  • The proposed plan would see the FCC create incentives for satellite providers to free up their airwaves for use on the ground. Peter Pitsch, Intel's Executive Director of Communications Policy, said that "the big news here is that Intel and Intelsat, who are leading representatives of two warring factions in this part of the proceeding, are coming together with a proposal that we think would make spectrum available quickly and efficiently, much to the benefit of consumers generally,"
  • Intel and Intelsat say that would let them move the airwaves to the public within one to three years, faster than they say would be possible if the FCC mandated that the rights to the airwaves be reallocated.
  • They say that the voluntary plan would be "good for society and American consumers" while also letting satellite companies figure out how to deal with their existing customers.

What's next?: The plan would require a formal FCC rulemaking to become reality. So, for now, this is the two companies' way of planting a flag for their idea.

Go deeper

Coronavirus cases rise, as more Americans on cruise confirmed ill

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

A U.S. public health official confirms more than 40 Americans on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan have coronavirus, while the remaining U.S. citizens without symptoms are being evacuated.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,770 people and infected almost 70,000 others. Most cases and all but five of the deaths have occurred in mainland China. Taiwan confirmed its first death on Sunday, per multiple reports, in a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Health officials were investigating how he became ill.

Go deeperArrowUpdated 2 hours ago - Health

Scoop: Inside the Trump campaign's big hedge on Facebook

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Saul Loeb/Getty Contributor

In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.