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Senate Expected To Act on NSA Collection of Phone Records

May 22, 2015 7:35 am | by Ken Dilanian, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House has left town, having passed a bill to end NSA's collection of domestic phone metadata, while replacing it with case-by-case searches and extending two other expiring surveillance provisions used by the FBI to pursue...

Obama Again Nominates Rosenworcel for Commissioner

May 21, 2015 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Rosenworcel has been a staunch advocate for the FCC's recently passed Open Internet rules, as...

AT&T Proposes Quick Clearing of 600 MHz

May 20, 2015 11:36 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

AT&T is specifically referring to things like low-power television, translators and...

Dish, Cogent Force AT&T's Hand on DirecTV Deal

May 14, 2015 10:28 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

In an ex parte filing, Dish, Cogent, and three consumer advocacy organizations, raised concerns...

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Industry Asks Appeals Court for Stay of Title II Order

May 13, 2015 5:28 pm | by Brian Santo, CED Magazine | News | Comments

The petitioners include the NCTA and ACA, representing the cable industry, along with USTA, CTIA, AT&T, CenturyLink, and WISPA.                                                                     

FCC Denies Stay of Title II for ISPs

May 11, 2015 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The petitions came from trade groups representing the cable and wireless industries. CTIA and USTelecom, representing the wireless carriers, had asked the FCC to hold on implementing the new classification...

Small ISPs Say FCC’s Net Neutrality Order is Bad for Business

May 8, 2015 10:31 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Pai mentioned six ISPs—which have customer bases ranging from 475 to 8,000—that have declared...                                                                                                             

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Candidate Fiorina Stumps Against FCC, Congress Meddling

May 6, 2015 11:00 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Fiorina said that Wheeler and company had overstepped with the Commission's highly controversial new rules and that if elected president she would seek to repeal the regulations entirely. 

Wheeler Confident FCC Will Beat Title II Lawsuits

May 4, 2015 12:21 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Wheeler said that part of the reason the FCC decided to move on the Open Internet rules was the overwhelming public response in the form of 4 million online comments, of which he said about three quarters...

Telcos Ask FCC for Stay on Title II

May 1, 2015 3:46 pm | by Brian Santo, CED Magazine | News | Comments

Several organizations from the telco sector have petitioned the FCC for a stay on its Open Internet Order...                                                                                     

Rural Broadband Gets A Push from $1.65B in New Funds

April 29, 2015 4:39 pm | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The offer to the rural operations of the largest telecom providers, also known as price cap carriers, would provide ongoing support for networks that can deliver broadband at speeds of at least...

Tower Crew, Capital Shortages Could Delay 600 MHz Auctions

April 28, 2015 11:23 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Speaking Tuesday at PCIA’s annual infrastructure show, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly specifically noted the overload tower crews could be faced with...

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Report: FCC May Nix Dish Spectrum Discounts

April 28, 2015 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

According to the Wall Street Journal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has asked his staff to closely review the bidding actions of Dish's Designated Entities...

Petition To Enable 911 Texts Tallies 35K Signatures

April 27, 2015 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Barbara Palmer, chief revenue officer for CallFire, said in a statement that there are many situations, from domestic altercations to home invasions, where making a phone call to 911 is not...

The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Died so OTT Video Could Live

April 24, 2015 1:54 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | Blogs | Comments

It could be that in 30 years OTT mobile video will grow into something as generally despised as today’s cable model and the companies that prop it up.                                                       

Congress Expects $25 Billion in Net Proceeds from Incentive Auction

April 22, 2015 11:52 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The CBO said that the majority of the proceeds will be deposited in the Treasury’s general fund in order to pay down the national deficit.                                                                  

Wireless Industry Applauds FCC’s OK on Shared Spectrum in 3.5 GHz Band

April 17, 2015 1:40 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The Order approves the 3550-3700 MHz bands for mobile broadband and other commercial use.                                                                                                                      

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AT&T Files Separate Legal Challenge to FCC’s Net Neutrality Rules

April 15, 2015 11:23 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T’s suit is somewhat surprising as the carrier was expected to allow wireless industry organizations lead...                                                                                                        

CTIA Sues FCC to Block Net Neutrality Rules

April 14, 2015 11:06 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

CTIA today filed a lawsuit challenging the FCC’s Open Internet Order, the Commission’s new far-reaching net neutrality rules.                                                                                  

FCC's Title II Rules Effective June 12, New Lawsuit Filed

April 13, 2015 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The new rules are already under fire. Industry trade group USTelecom and Alamo Broadband have both launched initial requests for courts to review the rules. 

AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Get AWS-3 Licenses; Dish Still Waiting

April 9, 2015 10:27 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The list does not include Northstar or SNR Wireless, the two designated entity (DE) bidding partners Dish aligned itself with during the auction.                                                                 

AT&T Fined $25M Over Consumer Privacy Violations

April 8, 2015 2:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Data center employees confessed to selling personal information obtained to a third party known as “El Pelon.”                                                                                       

Verizon Supports Use-It-or-Share-It Approach for 3.5 GHz Tiered Plan

April 8, 2015 11:48 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The carrier explained that if a PAL licensee has not both deployed services and registered...                                                                                                         

FCC Fines CenturyLink, Intrado Over Large 2014 911 Outage

April 6, 2015 4:58 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC is continuing to hand out fines related to a widespread 911 outage that resulted in more than 6,600 failed calls...                                                                             

AT&T: No CDMA 700 MHz Voice Roaming Until VoLTE is Deployed

April 6, 2015 11:39 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T last week held a conference call with the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to clarify...                                                                                                                   

Judge Overturns AT&T Claim of Exemption from FTC Lawsuit

April 6, 2015 11:37 am | by Helena Fahnrich, @CEDmagazine | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission sued AT&T last October due to the company selling its customers so-called “unlimited” data plans that in effect reduced those customer’s data speeds by up to 90 percent.

FCC Releases Order for Spectrum Sharing in 3.5 GHz Band

March 27, 2015 3:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC today released a Report and Order regarding the creation of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS)...                                                                                                        

Ericsson’s Telecordia Takes Over for Neustar as LNP Administrator

March 26, 2015 3:43 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

Today’s announcement doesn’t award a contract yet. It opens up negotiations between North American Portability Management (NAPM) and Telecordia.                                                                      

Sprint: Lifeline Mobile Broadband Pilot Sees Weak Adoption

March 25, 2015 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

While 70 percent of Assurance Wireless Lifeline subscribers report having no access to Internet, Sprint said that any kind of upfront cost, which ranged from $30 to $70 depending on the offer, was a "significant barrier" to adoption. 

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