Networks and Spectrum

A nation at war after 9/11: From experiment to experience

John Sklinar, a senior manager in an elite Army communications division, recalls how he got a new job the day the airplanes hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Hold the phone after a disaster

Use bandwidth judiciously to allow others to make emergency calls after a disaster. It's up to users to be considerate, writes Bill Jackson.

Army rethinks governing IT policies, networks

The Army is rescinding current IT network policies and wants to collapse redundant networks to streamline and transform.

Fed sites test new Internet technology

A 24-hour test flight of IPv6 demonstrated the Internet’s ability to handle traffic using the new protocols. The next challenge is to bring IPv6 to end users.

GSA preps for new network services acquisition

The General Services Administration is already laying the groundwork for the follow-on acquisition that will replace the Networx program, while still in the thick of the Networx transition.

Winkler steps down as Army PEO-EIS

The Army's program executive officer for enterprise information systems, Gary Winkler, has announced he will step down, effective in April.

Lawmakers need 'somebody to educate us' on wireless technologies, senator says

Senator Michael Jungbauer (R-Minn.) says that states need "somebody to educate us" on wireless innovation to help make policy and infrastructure decisions.

Mobile computing's future takes center stage at CTIA

CTIA Wireless 2011 kicks off with a panel hosted by Jim Cramer of 'Mad Money' and featuring Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse, Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead and AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega.

AT&T and the case of the missing 4G

AT&T is under fire from consumer groups and the media for not fulfilling its promise on 4G uplink speeds for some its of supposed 4G devices.

Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence appointed Army CIO

Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, former commanding general of U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command, is the new Army CIO.

Broadband consultant frustrated with Beltway policy making

Craig Settles, a broadband industry consultant and president of, as a D.C. outsider is frustrated with the ways of decision-making inside the Beltway.

New weapon in the 4G wars: Voice over LTE

Verizon previews VOLTE at the Mobile World Congress. Meanwhile, Sprint could dump WiMax, and HSPA+ looks to remain a long-term contender.

Army's budget focuses on modernization, includes IT programs

Army's proposed budget emphasizes force maintenance and modernization.

Broadband plan debate: federal bureaucracy or local initiative?

From reforming the Universal Service Fund to determining how grants are allocated, headaches remain for agencies in starting the National Broadband Plan.

DISA creates 'demilitarized zone' for unclassified network

DISA's demilitarized zone will be designed to protect its unclassified network, the while command center will help align with the cyber command and oversee key networks, officials say.

4G public safety network to undergo first tests

Telecom industry partners are being signed up for the public safety demonstration network being established by the Commerce Department to test LTE equipment for a 700 MHz nationwide public safety network.

Sewer-band Internet could come to your town

Quincy, Ill., tests the sewers for providing Internet service. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.