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Internet Companies Lobby FCC for True Open Internet

July 14, 2014 10:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speaking as part of the Internet Association, the companies asserted that an "open and decentralized model is precisely what enabled the Internet to become one of the greatest engines for growth, prosperity and progress the world has ever known." 

CCA Calls FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiments Unfair to Mobile

July 11, 2014 3:55 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

"Making the vast majority of funding contingent on achieving speeds that are several multiples...

AT&T Calls T-Mobile’s Data Roaming Proposals Unlawful

July 11, 2014 10:34 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a blog post today, AT&T Vice President of Regulatory Joan Marsh said T-Mobile’s revised...

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Unlocking Bill

July 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member Chuck Grassley...

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Why the Feds are Singling Out T-Mobile for SMS Fraud

July 2, 2014 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“[The charges] fly in the face of their positioning and makes them look like hypocrites,” Recon Analyst founder Roger Entner said. “And it’s a huge opportunity for the other three carriers to throw egg in T-Mobile’s face.” Lynnette Luna, senior analyst at Current Analysis, said T-Mobile will likely pay a settlement in order to minimize the damage to their public image.

T-Mobile: FTC Charges 'Unfounded and Without Merit'

July 1, 2014 6:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We exited this business late last year, and announced an aggressive program to take care of customers and we are disappointed that the FTC has instead chosen to file this sensationalized legal action,” Legere wrote. “We are the first to take action for the consumer and I am calling for the entire industry to do the same.”

FCC Preps Webinars to Educate Broadcasters on Incentive Auction

June 26, 2014 11:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC will conduct webinars to explain the rules for the Incentive Auction. The first of these sessions, to be held this week in coordination with the state broadcaster associations, will describe the opportunity for broadcasters to voluntarily participate in the incentive auction.  

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AT&T Joins Sprint in Pushing Rural Service to Bolster Acquisition Hopes

June 24, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In his prepared remarks, CEO Randall Stephenson outlines AT&T’s plans to bring broadband access to customers in 48 states, with 80 percent of the locations outside of the company’s wireline footprint. Using “fixed wireless” that combines dedicated spectrum and professional installation, he said the combined companies will be able to offer 15-20 Mbps home broadband to customers as part of a package or as a standalone service.

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 determine which government spectrum holders are “warehousing” spectrum and who’s putting spectrum to use. Speaking with journalists Tuesday, Baker put most of the emphasis on freeing up more airwaves for mobile use.

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 areas where competition might not necessarily produce the desired result, for instance to ensure emergency communications in underserved areas. 

FCC Details Proposed Spectrum Screen Changes

June 3, 2014 10:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

In a NPRM issued yesterday, the FCC added spectrum to the screen: 40 megahertz of AWS-4, 10 megahertz of H Block, 65 megahertz of AWS-3, when it becomes available on a market-by-market basis, 12 megahertz of BRS, 89 megahertz of EBS, and the total amount of 600 MHz spectrum auctioned in the Incentive Auction.

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A Note on WEA: When Technology Works

June 3, 2014 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

WEA is one of those rare instances where a number of players - regulators, government, first responders, carriers - got a lot of moving parts to fit together and the results are truly impressive, to the extent that they could actually save lives. 

Congressmen Urge FCC to Streamline Infrastructure Deployments

May 30, 2014 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Section 6409(a) states that “a State or local government may not deny, and shall approve, any eligible facilities request for a modification of an existing wireless tower or base station that does not substantially change the physical dimensions of such tower or base station.”

SmartWatch, Episode 11: AT&T-DirecTV Deal by the Numbers

May 22, 2014 11:58 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re breaking down AT&T’s mammoth $48.5 billion acquisition bid for DirecTV. Our editor Andrew Berg is catching some rays in Orlando at the PCIA Wireless Infrastructure Show, so Wireless Design & Development Editor Meaghan Ziemba was kind enough to fill in.

PCIA: Pai Calls for Immediate Action on New DAS, Small Cell Rules

May 20, 2014 2:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a speech that was peppered with allusions to Bob Dylan songs, Pai noted that the times, they are a changin’ and proposed the FCC act quickly to reform its existing infrastructure regulations. He suggested it do so with the same kind of urgency it did with the spectrum auctions. 

FCC Fines Sprint $7.5 Million in Do Not Call Case

May 20, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission says Sprint will pay $7.5 million in the largest Do Not Call settlement to date for making unwanted telemarketing calls and sending texts to consumers. The FCC said Monday that Sprint will also put a two-year plan in place to make sure it complies with commission requirements designed to prevent people from receiving unwanted marketing calls.

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Carriers, Others Respond to FCC’s Spectrum Screen, Incentive Auction Rules

May 16, 2014 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Following a busy day at the FCC that saw the Commission drafting rules for upcoming spectrum auctions and revising its spectrum screen, carriers weighed in with varying degrees of praise or scorn for the new policies. The FCC’s move to set aside a reserve of 30 MHz in the 600 MHz Incentive Auctions for bidders holding less than one-third of available low-band spectrum licenses per area drew a lukewarm response from T-Mobile.

FCC Sets Rules for Incentive Auctions

May 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC said its band plan will limit variations in the amount of spectrum turned over from broadcasters in different geographic areas in hopes of preventing the “least common denominator market’ from limiting the quantity of spectrum we can offer generally across the nation.”

Senate Dems Back Spectrum Aggregation Limits

May 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The senators wrote that they support reserving a portion of available licenses for carriers with limited nationwide low-band holdings "in order to promote competition, increase auction revenues, and protect against highly concentrated spectrum holdings." 

AT&T, Verizon Come Out Against Title II Classification for ISPs

May 13, 2014 2:02 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A collection of 28 CEOs of major communications companies are asking the FCC not to proceed with an attempt to reclassify broadband Internet access as a Title II public service. Among the signatories of the letter were AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.

Report: After Backlash, FCC Drafting New Open Internet Rules

May 12, 2014 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the commission will reportedly release a new draft of its rules early this week. The revised document will include new language that would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites but would still allow them to strike deals where content companies could pay for faster delivery of video and other content. 

Report: T-Mobile Pursues $1B Breakup Fee in Sprint Deal

May 12, 2014 10:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As Sprint is reportedly moving ahead with its bid for T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom (DT) is reportedly requesting a more than $1 billion breakup fee should regulators block the merger. DT, which owns 67 percent of T-Mobile, is requesting the lucrative safety as well as seeking assurances that the T-Mobile brand and some of its management team would remain in place following the deal, according to the Wall Street Journal.

FCC Fines Company $2.9M for Robocalls to Cell Phones

May 8, 2014 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Back in March, the Bureau warned Dialing Services that if the company continued to make unlawful robocalls in the future, it could be held liable for penalties up to $16,000 per call. The Commission has now found that Dialing Services apparently continued to engage in the same practice, making at least 184 additional robocalls to consumers’ mobile phones.  

FCC Commissioner Pushes for Unlicensed Spectrum in 600 MHz Band

May 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, speaking at a WiFiForward event, said the Commission needs to be creative about finding room for unlicensed spectrum in the 600 MHz Band while protecting incumbent services. She talked about considering an expanded duplex gap, finding new locations for unlicensed microphones and opening up more unlicensed use in Channel 37.

AT&T Balks at CCA’s Attempt to Exempt Smaller Carriers from Auction Rules

May 5, 2014 5:29 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“Where their members have significant low band holdings and are subject to auction restrictions, it’s an ‘unintended consequence.’ Where AT&T or Verizon have the same amount of low band holdings and are subject to auction restrictions, it’s because our low band holdings are ‘excessive,’” AT&T Vice President of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh wrote in a blog post.

Wheeler Says FCC Won't Allow Internet 'Slow Lane'

May 1, 2014 10:44 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler told The Cable Show on Wednesday that the so-called net neutrality rules he's proposed won't allow Internet service providers to push most users onto a "slow lane" so others who pay for priority access can have superior service.

Supreme Court Mulls Cell Phone Searches

April 28, 2014 9:27 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal or is it an American's virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine the outcome of the cases being argued Tuesday.

AT&T: “Our Desire to Participate in [600 MHz] Auction is Unchanged”

April 25, 2014 11:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

AT&T is throwing cold water on the notion that it will skip the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions over rules favoring smaller carriers. “Our desire to participate in this auction and our hope for a successful auction is unchanged,” AT&T wrote in the filling. “We believe that all stakeholders will be able to work together to achieve a successful incentive auction for the 600 MHz band.”

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