CTIA is asking that Congress narrow the Commission’s authority to regulate only in specific areas where competition might not necessarily produce the desired result, for instance to ensure emergency communications in underserved areas.
Called the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the program counts as signatories a high-profile list of carriers and device OEMs, including Apple, Asurion, AT&T, Google, Samsung, Huawei Device USA, Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Samsung, Nokia, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular and Verizon.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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)...
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...