FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is now hoping to hold the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction in the middle of 2015. As recent as August, the FCC had indicated it was on schedule to hold the auction in 2014. But in a blog post today, the timeline for the auction was extended to allow more time for policy decisions...
The FCC Wednesday approved Verizon's petition for a declaratory ruling on its acquistion of...
In prepared remarks, Wheeler said, “Spectrum is finite, and the FCC is charged with managing the...
The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet.
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!
Wheeler said that the Technology Transitions Policy Task Force—assembled by former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski at the behest of AT&T and NTCA—will present a status update at the Dec. 12 Commission meeting. With that research in hand, Wheeler expects the FCC by January to draft an order concerning experimentation, data collection, and policy, legal and technical outlines for the IP transition agenda.
Rep. Greg Walden (D-Ore.) has warned the FCC against limiting the participation of AT&T and Verizon in upcoming spectrum auctions through the use of spectrum caps. The Hill said that Rep. Walden, chairman of the House Communications and Technology subcommittee, told reporters that Congress might step in if it doesn’t like the FCC auction rules.
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.
The FCC is making good on its promise to study mobile broadband speeds by releasing a crowdsourcing mobile app of its own. The Wall Street Journal points to an announcement for the FCC’s open meeting Thursday, the first under new Chairman Tom Wheeler, in which a presentation will show off the long-in-the-works app.
Tom Wheeler Tuesday released his first extensive remarks as chairman of the FCC in a blog posted on the commission's website. After thanking acting chairwoman Mignon Clyburn for her service, Wheeler called these "important days in determining the future of our networks."
The Senate has confirmed both new Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Michael O’Rielly for appointment to the FCC. Wheeler will take over following former Chairman Julius Genachowski’s retirement from the Commission earlier this year. Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn has been serving in the interim.
The FCC yesterday announced it has rescheduled its upcoming H Block spectrum auction for Jan. 22, 2014. The auction was originally scheduled for Jan. 14 but the FCC issued a statement saying “schedule changes are necessary to give potential bidders and Commission staff additional time for planning and preparation for Auction 96 upon the resumption of regular Commission operations.”
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.
After a lengthy review of the FCC's Lifeline program, which offers mobile phones to low-income consumers, the FCC late yesterday proposed more than $14.4 million in forfeitures against five wireless Lifeline service providers who apparently violated the commission’s Lifeline rules.
The FCC will prepare to shut its doors Tuesday as Congress failed Monday to meet a midnight dealine for funding the government, which has resulted in a government shutdown. The FCC posted to its website a Plan for Orderly Shutdown...
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.
Dish Network is petitioning the FCC for waiver of certain technical rules governing a terrestrial deployment on its 20 MHz of AWS-4 spectrum as well as a one-year extension for that deployment. In return for the FCC granting the waiver and time extension, Dish has promised to bid in the upcoming H Block auction for the paired 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz bands.
As Sprint is nearing the finish line with its LTE buildout on its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum, it’s setting its sights on some more beachfront property. “We could use some more lower-band spectrum,” Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference in response to questions about mergers and the FCC’s upcoming spectrum auctions.
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.
The FCC Friday announced January 14, 2014 as the date for its next spectrum auction, its first major spectrum sale since 2008. The Commission set a reserve price of $1.56 billion for the 10 MHz of nationwide PCS H Block spectrum it plans to sell to the highest bidder.
Following the announcement in January of a $1.9 billion deal to acquire spectrum licenses from Verizon, AT&T confirmed that the deal has been finalized. AT&T gets 39 lower 700 MHz B Block licenses reportedly covering 42 million people in 18 states—California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
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...
The last few years has seen a rapid increase in the use of small cells in mobile networks around the globe. This is not surprising, given the various benefits which their use brings to operators, customers and society at large. For the operator, small cells bring the opportunity to extend...
The FCC today stopped its 180-day shot clock on its review of AT&T’s proposed purchase of Alltel assets from Atlantic Tele-Network. In a filing spotted by Phone Scoop, the FCC chose to delay the transaction because it said AT&T has not provided sufficient details on how it plans to transitional Alltel’s pre-paid customers. The FCC stoppage comes 175 days into the process.
As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Congress, the Department of Defense (DoD), and other agencies move to meet the mandate to free up more spectrum for commercial broadband services...
AT&T has come out firing against a T-Mobile proposal for the FCC’s upcoming incentive auctions for 600 MHz spectrum. The carrier is saying T-Mobile’s “Dynamic Market Rule” plan would result in failure to generate sufficient revenue and “almost certainly doom the auction.”
President Obama last week nominated congressional aide Mike O’Rielly for the FCC commissioner spot left vacant by the departing Republican Robert McDowell. O’Rielly has worked in D.C. for several years, serving as an aide to Republican Senators Jon Kyl and John Sununu and as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Documents published by the Guardian newspaper are providing new insight into the National Security Agency's surveillance of world data, giving an over-the-shoulder look at the programs and techniques U.S. intelligence analysts use to exploit the hundreds of billions of records they gather each year...
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