2017 UTC Impact Award

Council Rock Receives 2017 UTC Award

2017 UTC Impact Award

2017 UTC Impact Award

Council Rock has been honored with the 2017 UTC Impact Award in the hardware category for our TELiG platform!

CHARLOTTE, N.C. and WASHINGTON, May 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Utilities Technology Council (UTC) held its annual awards dinner last night in Charlotte at the UTC Telecom & Technology 2017 conference. The celebration dinner, sponsored by Fujitsu Network Communications, honored utilities and individuals who have shown extraordinary initiative throughout the past year. The UTC Awards pay tribute to the critical role of information and communications technologies in delivering essential energy and water services to communities throughout the world.

The various UTC awards recognize that in emergencies, utility communications technology saves lives, protects property, speeds restoration, and puts communities on the path to recovery; While every day, utility communications provide opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity, provide innovative new services, and support health, education and access to critical services.

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Job Openings

Council Rock is hiring!

Looking for good Systems Engineers, Field Engineers and PM’s.

Check Careers for details.

Coming Up: UTC Conference

Come Meet Council Rock at The Utilities Telecom Council Conference!

Council Rock is at the Utilities Telecom Council conference in Charlotte, NC!

Booth 1017, 1116

 

Council Rock’s New Hires: November 2016

We are pleased to announce two new team members: Mike Doser has joined us as Vice President of Engineering, and Jairo Hernandez joins us as a Research and Development Engineer.

Mike has an extensive technical and management background in the Information Technology, Electric Power Instrumentation, RF Communications, and Telecom industries. He is responsible for all aspects of Product Development from initial contact with customers through development, testing, deployment, and long term support.

Jairo holds a B.S. in Electronics and Communications Engineering from APEC University, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from RIT. Before joining our team, he spent one year as a lead research engineer in a joint effort between RIT, The University of Rochester, and Google. his most recent experience includes a year as a Graduate Research Assistant at RIT, and two years as a Network Operations Technician for telecommunications carrier Tricom SA.

We are excited to welcome both Mike and Jairo to the Council Rock team!

FCC 3.5 GHz Proposal

April 23, 2015 – The FCC has approved a regulatory framework regarding the creation of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), a shared spectrum plan for 3550-3700 MHz. The announcement comes as an ongoing effort to meet President Obama’s goal to make 500 MHz of spectrum available for mobile broadband by the year 2020.

The proposed rules are envisioned as an “Innovation Band” for small cells and other emerging technologies, and will be implemented as a three-tiered system with a dynamic spectrum management database similar to the one already in use for TV White Space.

The first tier, Incumbent Access, is for authorized federal and Fixed Satellite Service licensees who will be protected from interference by the lower two tiers.

The next tier is for short term Priority Access licenses. These licenses are filed in a given census tract and will have a three year renewal term. If mutually exclusive applications are received for the same census tract, the license will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

The third tier, General Authorized Access, is for other users including the general public who can operate in the 3.5 GHz Band subject to interference protections for Incumbent Access and Priority Access users.

The Spectrum Access System (SAS) will be a dynamic, geo-location enabled database for controlling access to and managing interference between users in the 3.5 GHz Band.

The FCC says the use of this advanced spectrum sharing framework will allow wireless broadband systems to share spectrum with military radars and other incumbents and to protect federal missions.

The FCC is seeking comments on the proposed rules until May 21, 2015.

For those holding an existing 3.65 GHz license, the FCC has proposed a transition period to the new rules until April 17, 2020 or the license expiration date, whichever is later. During the transition period, license holders will be able to operate using their current equipment configuration.

Council Rock can help you understand the impact of the 3.5 GHz spectrum rules on your system planning.

Contact us to learn more.

 

This summary is our interpretation of the FCC’s 3.5 GHz proposed regulations which is subject to change as the rules are further defined. Be sure to consult with the FCC before making decisions based on this summary.

Rochester Office Opening

Council Rock is excited to announce the opening of its new office in downtown Rochester, NY.

The new office is designed to support Rochester employees as well as provide a central location for customer meetings. This expansion combines office space with lab space. The new office space will house Finance, IT, Human Resources, as well as local Rochester employees. The new lab space contains inventory staging, equipment testing and integration.