The Federal Communications Commission is looking for feedback on whether cellphones that haven't been activated should be required to connect to 911.
The study said U.S. consumers and businesses spent $172 billion on wireless service in 2013. In turn, the wireless industry's employees, its suppliers and their employees generated more than $400 billion in total U.S. spending.
Some "unscrupulous" third-party merchants obtained consumers' telephone numbers to cram illegal charges, ranging from one-time fees of 99 cents to $4.99 to monthly subscriptions of $9.99.
To support the growing number of wireless devices and networks they use, changes to spectrum infrastructure are necessary, said Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O'Rielly.
Last week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler reiterated his support for cities and towns to form their own public broadband utilities when internet service providers did not offer comparable service.
The federal Rural Health Care Program is aimed at improving broadband access for rural providers, but remains underutilized and even outdated. It can spend up to $400 million per year, but it hasn't even spent $400 million in the first 12 years combined.
As sensor- and spectrum-dependent technologies set their sights on the healthcare field, two federal agencies are bringing together stakeholders to discuss a safe and secure path forward that leaves also leaves ample room for innovation.
The database's purpose is to identify channels that TV stations and others are using so that unlicensed TV band devices don't cause interference.
A newly updated U.S. map showing comprehensive broadband availability across the country indicates that nearly 85 percent of the country has access to 25 megabits per second download speeds and 3 Mbps upload speeds.
A Federal Communications Commission official requested early involvement from the public safety community in moving enhanced wireless 911 calling from policy to actual implementation.