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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. 

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.

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...

Largent Argues for Swift Clearing of Spectrum

June 26, 2013 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA President and CEO, Steve Largent, made case for quick action on clearing spectrum in the 1755-1780 MHz band. In a blog posted to CTIA's website, Largent said the spectrum needs to be cleared quickly so that it can be auctioned along with spectrum in the 2155-2180 MHz band known as the AWS-3 band...

Privacy Debate Rages as FCC Takes up Mobile CPNI Rules

June 24, 2013 4:49 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The operators right now are in a bit of a bind when it comes to recent revelations of the NSA's surveillance program. They're bound by law to cooperate with the government and most likely legally bound not to discuss the program. The best they can do is offer up the party line, which to this point has been that their customers' privacy...

Wireless Industry Finds Consensus on Regulatory Fees

June 20, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The wireless industry has found consensus that wireless and wireline should be kept separate as the FCC considers how it will assess and collect regulatory fees in 2013. In a filing that addresses the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) and the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...

CTIA 2013: Rhode & Schwartz, Testing for QoE

May 29, 2013 10:49 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Wireless Week spoke with a lot of companies during CTIA 2013 last week. As part of our Let's Talk series from the show, we caught up with Rhode & Schwartz's Keith Cobler who gave us his take on the show, as well as his company's view of the market....

CTIA 2013: Tessco Talks Data Demand

May 28, 2013 10:14 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Wireless Week spoke with a lot of companies during CTIA 2013 last week. As part of our Let's Talk series from the show, we caught up with Tessco Technologies' Robert Barnhill Jr. who gave us his perspective on the opportunities and challenges inherent in the increasing demand for mobile data...

CTIA 2013 Show Daily: Day 3

May 28, 2013 9:37 am | Articles | Comments

Welcome to the Thursday, May 23 edition of WIRELESS WEEK’s CTIA 2013 Show Daily featuring highlights from day three of this year’s conference and exhibition. Click here for complete coverage of today’s news and events. And for even more coverage of the wireless marketplace visit

CTIA Day 3: Kutcher Suggests Carriers Beware of the OTTs

May 23, 2013 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ashton Kutcher has some advice for wireless carrier executives: change is coming. The actor and investor mulled a range of issues relating to mobility during a Day 3 keynote at CTIA 2013 on Thursday. Kutcher, who is known for his acting talents, has also built an impressive resume of successful investments in technology companies...

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