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Congress Introduces Reworked Phone Unlocking Bill

June 24, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Monday announced new bipartisan legislation geared toward making it easier for consumers to unlock their cell phones and take them with to a new carrier. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) last year brought out the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act as a response to revisions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

CTIA CEO Suggests Spectrum Report Cards for Government Licensees

June 17, 2014 10:47 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

New CTIA President & CEO Meredith Attwell Baker suggested a spectrum report card as a way to...

CTIA Asks Congress to Keep FCC Powers Limited

June 16, 2014 10:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA is asking that Congress narrow the Commission’s authority to regulate only in specific...

CTIA Partners with Big Tech on Voluntary Anti-Theft Program

April 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the program counts as signatories a...

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Defense Department Outlines Spectrum Strategy

February 20, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Department of Defense (DoD) Thursday unveiled a spectrum plan that it says will aim to seek a balance between the need for consumer spectrum and the need for spectrum upon which to run the military's various communications systems. 

Senators Introduce Anti-Theft Cell Phone “Kill Switch” Bill

February 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A group of Democratic senators have introduced a bill that would require all phones sold in the U.S. to have a “kill switch” theft deterrent device installed. The bill requires devices to have free technology that would “allow the consumer to wipe their personal data off the phone, render the phone permanently inoperable to anyone but the owner, and prevent it from being reactivated on a network by anyone but the owner.”

FCC Lays Out Timeline for Incentive Auctions

January 30, 2014 2:38 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC today laid out its timeline for the 600 MHz Broadcast Incentive Auctions taking place in mid-2015. In its plans for 2014, the FCC set aside the most time for the rulemaking process and the development and testing of the auction system.

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CTIA, LA TV Broadcasters Partner on Spectrum Sharing Trial

January 28, 2014 3:28 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CTIA and two Los Angeles television stations, KLCS and KJLA, are announcing a channel sharing pilot program ahead of the 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction in 2015. The goal of the program is to demonstrate how over-the-air broadcasters can consolidate spectrum and infrastructure without interrupting service. In turn, the practice will free up spectrum to be auctioned off to wireless providers.

AT&T on FCC Plan: 'Would Turn Disaster Recovery into a Contest"

January 20, 2014 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T says an FCC "yardstick" for measuring how well individual wireless networks maintain service during disasters is unnecessary and misleading. As a way of providing an impetus for carriers to improve network resiliency during events like Superstorm Sandy, or the Boston Marathon bombing, the FCC opened a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...

CTIA Partners with LA Auto Show for Super Mobility Week

January 9, 2014 11:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CTIA today announced a partnership with the Los Angeles Auto Show to highlight connected cars at this year’s Super Mobility Week. The LA Auto Show will bring automakers and connected car leaders to Las Vegas for CTIA’s newly merged super show Sept. 9-11 and, in turn, CTIA’s show will serve as a preview for LA Auto Show’s connected car expo in November.

DOT Seeking Ban on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

December 13, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on the possiblity that cell phones could be allowed on planes. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx acknowledged the FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which suggests the issue isn't a technological one. 

FCC Levies More Fines Against Lifeline Violators

December 11, 2013 2:39 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC Wednesday proposed nearly $44 million in fines against three companies that it says violated commission rules protecting the Lifeline program against waste, fraud and abuse. The Lifeline progam provides cell phones and service to low-income consumers. 

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Stephenson: New FCC Showing 'Bias Towards Action'

December 10, 2013 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T is hoping for a more agile, fast-acting FCC under new Chairman Tom Wheeler’s direction. Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, said in a remarks at the UBS Media & Telecom Investor Conference, that his company had filed its intentions with the FCC to move to an all-IP network but noted there was very little movement...

ACLU: Law Enforcement Getting Unfettered Access to Mobile Devices

December 9, 2013 11:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As major tech companies petition the White House for data collection reform, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Monday released a press release that highlights the rising number of law enforcements requests for cell phone subscriber data in 2012. 

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Check out 25-21!

November 21, 2013 3:14 pm | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!  

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile All Reject Smartphone Kill Switch

November 20, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular have all rejected a smartphone “kill switch,” a technology proposed by Samsung that could render a smartphone inoperable. As the AP reports, the carriers said no to Samsung’s Absolute LoJack anti-theft technology, saying it presents hacker’s with an opportunity to disable someone’s phone.

FCC Pushes CTIA for Phone Unlocking Policy Fix

November 15, 2013 9:22 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing CTIA to include full unlocking rights policy in the CTIA Consumer Code before the December holiday season. “Absent the consumer's right to be informed about unlocking eligibility, any voluntary program would be a hollow shell,” Wheeler wrote in a letter to CTIA.

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Largent Will Step Down from CTIA Post End of 2014

October 25, 2013 11:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent announced today that he will not seek an extension of his current contract, which expires at the end of next year. According to a press release, the CTIA Board of Directors will immediately begin conducting a search for Largent's successor.

MobileCon Panel Wonders If NFC is For Real

October 17, 2013 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon CEO Dan Mead encouraged a “really candid” discussion when he hosted a Mobile Commerce Panel Wednesday at MobileCon. Joining him onstage was Isis CEO Michael Abbott CEO Isis, American Express Group President for Enterprise Growth Dan Schulman and Jamba Juice CEO James White.

CTIA Adds 7 New Members to 2014 Board of Directors

October 16, 2013 4:18 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA today announced its 38-member board at its final standalone MobileCon conference in San Diego. CTIA is in the process of transitioning from 2 shows a year to just one Super Mobility week. The first edition of that event will be held in Sept. of next year in Las Vegas. 

Wireless Broadband: Finding the Right Balance

October 15, 2013 1:05 pm | by Andrew M. Seybold | Articles | Comments

Network operators need more spectrum for wireless broadband but there is a spectrum shortage. To help alleviate the shortage, the FCC will auction more spectrum in 2013 and this will be followed by the incentive auctions. Further, the NTIA/FCC is exploring spectrum sharing options. However, none of these actions will result in more bandwidth anytime soon.

CTIA’s Rob Mesirow Talks About the Move to a Super Show

October 10, 2013 2:24 pm | by Ben Munson | Articles | Comments

This isn’t it for MobileCon. All though this year’s event in San Diego will be the last time MobileCon stands on its own, CTIA’s IT-focused show will still maintain its separate identity when it’s folded into the organization’s big Super Mobility Week next September in Las Vegas. Wireless Week spoke with CTIA vice president of operations Rob Mesirow about the transition from two shows to one really big one.

FCC Mulls Requiring Carriers to Report Disaster Reliability

September 27, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC late yesterday issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) which aims to improve wireless network reliability during disasters by requiring wireless service providers to publicly disclose the percentage of cell sites within their networks that are operational during and immediately after disasters.

NTIA Petitions FCC to Allow Device Unlocking

September 18, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In the ongoing battle over the regulation of cellphone unlocking, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) yesterday petitioned the FCC to require wireless carriers to unlock mobile phones, tablets and other device for use with other carriers upon request. 

FCC, Carriers Finally Agree on Lower 700MHz Solution

September 10, 2013 1:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless customers in rural areas have reason to rejoice, as the FCC reports that operators in the United States have finally reached a voluntary industry solution to resolve the lack of interoperability in the lower 700 MHz band. Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn released a statement saying that the agreement...

NTIA Unveils Transparency Code for App Developers

July 26, 2013 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A group comprised of technology companies, consumer advocate groups and trade associations, yesterday released the first draft of a new code for app developers aimed at increasing transparency. The code, which was posted online by the National Telecommnications and Information Adminsitration (NTIA)...

DoD Offers Plan to Clear Spectrum

July 23, 2013 10:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Department of Defense (DoD) is finally making some concessions in the wireless industry's fight to clear more underused government spectrum for commerical use. The Defense Department is proposing shared access to the 2025 - 2110 MHz band and to make the 1755-1780 MHz band...

Dish, Sprint Circle as FCC Clears H Block for Auction

June 27, 2013 3:00 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC Thursday approved the opening 10 megahertz of spectrum in the bands 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz (H Block) for commercial licensing. The report and order pairs the two bands that comprise the H Block, and establishes that the paired bands will be licensed and auctioned through a system of competitive bidding...

FCC Issues Declaratory Ruling on CPNI

June 27, 2013 1:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amid the firestorm set off by Edward Snowden's leaked information about the NSA's surveillance programs, the FCC Thursday took action to protect the privacy of consumers wireless service by clarifying its customer proprietary network information (CPNI) policies...

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