Wireless History Timeline - 1990s
With the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999, Congress designates 911 as the universal emergency number of wireline and wireless service and promotes the use of technologies that help public safety service providers locate wireless 911 callers.
Wi-Fi® brand adopted for technology based upon IEEE 802.11 specifications for wireless local area networking.
Wi-Fi Alliance® founded by six companies: 3Com, Aironet, Intersil, Lucent Technologies, Nokia and Symbol Technologies.
The first “bucket” of minutes plan is offered.
Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Nokia, and Toshiba announce they will join to develop Bluetooth for wireless data exchange between handheld computers or cellular phones and stationary computers
Balanced Budget Act of 1997 calls for auctioning additional commercial spectrum by Sept, 2002. Advanced Wireless services (AWS-1) auction concludes Sept. 18, 2006, raising nearly $14 billion for U.S. Treasury.
The wireless industry unveils its “Safety – Your Most Important Call” to help educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.
Original version of the standard IEEE 802.11 for wireless local area networking is released.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 becomes law, in part designed to open other communications markets to competition.
Sprint Spectrum launches the first PCS system in the United States in Washington, D.C.
There are more than 33.8 million wireless subscribers, representing approximately 13% of the total U.S. population.
FCC begins licensing Personal Communication Services (PCS) spectrum (1.7 to 2.3 GHz). The license auction raises $7.7 billion for the U.S. Treasury.
Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) established for reliable transmission over the Internet in conjunction with the Transport Control Protocol (TCP)
The first smart phone (IBM’s Simon) is released to the public and offers consumers a calendar, address book, calculator, email, faxing services and games.
Congress adopts Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, which establishes national framework for wireless regulation and authorizes FCC to auction spectrum for the first time.
One-millionth host connected to the Internet, with the size now approximately doubling every year.
World’s first commercial text message is sent by employees of Logica CMG.
The number of cellular users passes the 10 million milestone.
CTIA begins the Certification Seal program for cellular equipment.
The industry Fraud Task Force is launched.
Fleet Call, announces plans to build digital market-wide systems, functionally equivalent to cellular but on adjacent frequencies formerly reserved for private radio systems, in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, LA, New York and San Francisco and asks the FCC for rule waivers.
Cellular subscribership surpasses 5 million.