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AT&T Will Begin Deploying Its New AWS-3 Spectrum in 2017

January 30, 2015 4:04 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T came away from the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction as the big winner, spending $18.2 billion for what it calls a “near nationwide contiguous 10x10 MHz block.”                         

AWS-3 Auction Results Show AT&T, Verizon, Dish as Big Spenders

January 30, 2015 1:57 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T poured the most money into the auction,...

FCC Pushes New Rules to Improve E911 Location Accuracy

January 29, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The new rules acknowledge that wireless carriers will need to time to implement technology that...

Washington Glowing Over AWS-3 Auction Results

January 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

“This is great news.  I don’t think anyone...

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TracFone to Pay $40 Million for Deceptive Throttling Practices

January 28, 2015 1:45 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FTC alleges TracFone advertised unlimited data for $45 per month under its brands including Straight Talk and Net10 but “drastically” throttled...                                 

Verizon Reaches $5M Settlement with FCC on Rural Call Completion

January 26, 2015 3:36 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

This is the fourth major resolution of a rural call completion investigation. The Bureau entered into consent decrees related to rural call completion performance with...                         

AT&T Enters $9.2B Credit Deal to Cover Acquisition Related Payments

January 22, 2015 10:59 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

AT&T will use the funds for general corporate purposes including “acquisition related expenses” should advances be made under either agreement.                                       

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Sprint CTO: “Light Touch” Title II Won’t Harm Mobile Investment

January 16, 2015 12:22 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

In a letter filed with the FCC, Bye wrote that any new net neutrality rules should include...                                                             

‘Healthy Competition’ Is Not Enough to Protect Consumers

January 15, 2015 3:42 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | Blogs | Comments

Obviously, the consequences could be disastrous if the FCC were to rule over ISPs, wireless or wireline, as though they were truly nothing more than public utilities. That said, consumers need more protection than a tip of the cap to competition from goliaths like Verizon and AT&T. 

Supreme Court Sides with T-Mobile in Cell Tower Siting Dispute

January 14, 2015 2:17 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The United States Supreme Court today sided with T-Mobile and said that a town in Georgia did not provide a timely explanation of why it denied a request to put up a cell tower.           

House 'Regulatory Accountability Act' Could Hobble FCC

January 14, 2015 10:55 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Called the Regulatory Accountability Act, the bill seeks to restrict the creation of any significant new regulations by virtually every single...                   

AWS-3 Auction Bidding Rounds Change Again as $45B Nears

January 8, 2015 3:41 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC today once again altered the bidding rounds structure for its ongoing AWS-3 spectrum auction.                                                                      

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Wheeler: Title II Can Be Done Right

January 8, 2015 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

Speaking Wednesday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Wheeler said there were many benefits...                               

Verizon CEO McAdam Pans AOL Acquisition Rumors

January 6, 2015 11:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

When asked about the reports, McAdam said that there were a lot of media players that might make great partners for Verizon, but he said...                         

Mexican Regulators Approve AT&T Acquisition of Iusacell

December 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The Mexican Federal Competition Commission Monday said that it had approved AT&T's...                                 

FCC Issues Roaming Order, Lack of Vote Ruffles Feathers

December 19, 2014 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, @andrewberg32 | News | Comments

The declaratory ruling, which was not voted on but was rather issued by the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, will allow the Commission...                              

FCC Changes Rules Again as AWS-3 Auction Creeps Up on $44B

December 16, 2014 10:09 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC has once again altered the bidding activity requirements for its ongoing AWS-3 auction as total bids slowly progress toward $44 billion.                                                      

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Wireless Week in Review: Dec. 1-5

December 5, 2014 11:06 am | by Wireless Week Staff | Articles | Comments

As the week winds down join Wireless Week as we take a look back at the biggest stories in wireless from the past seven days.                                                       

AWS-3 Auction Nears $41B as FCC Shortens Bidding Rounds

December 4, 2014 11:23 am | by Ben Munson, @wwbenmunson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction continues to add up as the bid total now sits at $40.85 billion after the completion of 50 rounds.                                        

AWS-3 Auction Pushes Past $39.5 Billion in Bids

December 2, 2014 11:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction keeps chugging along as bids today reached $39.5 billion in the forty-second round. More than $181 million in new bids came in during...                             

SmartWatch, Episode 29: AWS-3 Auction Approaching $40 Billion

November 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch, Product Design & Development Editor Melissa Fassbender joins us in marveling at the unfathomable amount of money the FCC's AWS-3 auction has thus far seen in total bids.             

FCC, T-Mobile Work Out Deal for Accurate Speed Tests

November 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC announced it has worked out an agreement with T-Mobile to ensure the carrier’s customers get accurate mobile broadband speed test readings even after...                          

Analyst: As AWS-3 Auction Hits $24B, Dish Soars, T-Mobile Likely Out

November 20, 2014 11:14 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s AWS-3 auction has rocketed past its $10 billion reserve price and surpassed $24 billion in bids after only five days. The rapid pace at which the auction is climbing helped spur a 10 percent rise in...               

AWS-3 Auction Cruises Well Past Reserve Price

November 19, 2014 10:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s ongoing AWS-3 auction in four days of bidding has easily passed its $10.5 billion reserve price. Currently in the 16th round of bidding, the auction has already pulled in...        

Apple, Google Push for Passage of Freedom Act

November 17, 2014 4:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an open letter to the Senate, the companies asked that the USA Freedom Act be passed in order to prevent the bulk collection of...                           

Smaller Mobile Providers Call Title II a “Disservice to Rural America”

November 14, 2014 10:50 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cellcom, Bluegrass Cellular and three other regional wireless providers are warning the FCC of the potential havoc Title II reclassification could wreak...                                  

AWS-3 Auction Tops $2B in First Two Rounds of Bidding

November 13, 2014 3:53 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC’s auction of 65 MHz of AWS-3 began today and it’s already drawn heavy interest from the 70 approved bidders. Total bids exceeded...                              

SmartWatch, Episode 27: Obama Fancies Self an Internet Advocate with Title II Remarks

November 13, 2014 10:56 am | Videos | Comments

President Obama this week entered the ring with millions of Americans in an effort to protect the Internet. He jabbed, he bobbed, he weaved, and those that own and have built the networks upon which the Internet was built did the same.

AT&T Pauses Fiber Expansion On Title II Concerns

November 12, 2014 11:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stephenson's comments come just days after President Obama's strongest statement yet on...                                 

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