"Let me say up front that, I get it. I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement discussing today's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new policies governing in-flight cell phone use.
Private equity firm Centerbridge has successfully bid $3.3 billion to buy LightSquared,...
Reuters reports that the deal would ensure carriers notify their customers—via text, email—when...
The House Energy & Commerce Committee today passed through H.R. 3674, the Federal Spectrum...
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.
U.S. Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), co-chairs of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Spectrum Working Group, on Monday introduced legislation that offers financial incentives to government agencies for vacating their unused spectrum.
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.
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 Vodafone's 45 percent stake in the Verizon Wireless joint venture. The ruling, which involved the International Bureau, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology, was the first time...
In prepared remarks, Wheeler said, “Spectrum is finite, and the FCC is charged with managing the airwaves that are used for commercial purposes. A key goal of our spectrum allocation efforts is ensuring that multiple carriers have access to airwaves needed to operate their networks.”
The Pentagon and the incumbent TV broadcasters have agreed to a spectrum-sharing deal for the 2025-2110 MHz bands. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is urging the FCC to make changes that would allow the Department of Defense (DoD) to move its operations from the 1755-1780 MHz spectrum and free up that spectrum for pairing with 2155-2180 MHz bands.
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.
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