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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...

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...

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...

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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.             

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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...                                  

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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...                                 

Obama Urges Title II Classification for ISPs

November 10, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

President Obama Monday stirred up a hornet's nest with his strongest comments yet in favor of stronger rules to protect the...                         

SmartWatch, Episode 25: Auction Delays Haunt Industry and FTC Spooks AT&T

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we scare up the details of the FCC's recent delay on the 600 MHz incentive auction. We'll run down who in the industry might see the delay as...          

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On Open Internet, Smart Phones Need Smart Policy

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA; and Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future | Articles | Comments

One area fraught with peril is the insistence by some that if you truly support an open Internet, then you must blindly adhere to the irrefutably false conclusion that...                

NAB Chafes at Being Scapegoat for FCC Auction Delay

October 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“We reject suggestions that our narrowly focused lawsuit is cause for delay. We look forward to a speedy resolution of our legal challenge and a successful auction that preserves access to free and local..."

FCC Again Delays 600 MHz Incentive Auctions

October 24, 2014 1:43 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“We are confident we will prevail in court, but given the reality of that schedule, the complexity of designing and implementing the auction, and the need for all auction participants to have certainty well in advance of the auction, we now anticipate accepting applications for the auction in the fall..."

SmartWatch, Episode 24: FCC Tackles Tower Siting, High-Band Spectrum, Butt Dialing

October 23, 2014 1:34 pm | Videos | Comments

The FCC makes SmartWatch with what Jonathan Adelstein called the “Super Bowl of regulatory proceedings.” If that’s so, this week’s episode tackles...                         

T-Mobile Claims Roaming Better in South Africa than On AT&T in South Dakota

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile claims its customers have a better roaming experience in South Africa than they do on AT&T’s network in South Dakota. The carrier says its customers got speeds twice as fast and unlimited...

FCC Looks Above 24 GHz for More Spectrum

October 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The inquiry comes on a recommendation from the Technological Advisory Council to better understand how it can make use of millimeter wave spectrum above...                  

FTC Sees Huge First Week for Refund Claims in AT&T Cramming Settlement

October 16, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already received 359,000 refund claims just one week after an AT&T cramming settlement had been announced. An FTC spokesman said, as far as the agency can tell...

T-Mobile, Sprint Urge Extra Scrutiny of AT&T Spectrum Deals

October 9, 2014 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The group, which also includes representatives from Comptel, Public Knowledge, and CCIA, is concerned that AT&T will control more than one-third of the available low-band spectrum in some markets should the transactions be approved.

AT&T Paying Out $105M in Cramming Agreement

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million in part to reimburse customers affected by cramming. Under the deal, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission which will then distribute the money to customers nationwide who got stuck with unauthorized third-party fees from premium SMS services. Ferguson’s office estimates almost 500,000 Washingtonians were affected.

FCC Fines Marriott $600,000 for Jamming Guests' Wi-Fi

October 3, 2014 2:48 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Marriott International will pay the government a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at one of its hotels, forcing them instead to pay as much as $1,000 each to use the hotel's own connection.

CTIA Files to Intervene in NAB-FCC Lawsuit

October 2, 2014 3:03 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CTIA today filed a motion with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to intervene in support of the FCC over the lawsuit filed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The NAB and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are petitioning for a review of an FCC order establishing rules for the upcoming Incentive Auctions. The lawsuit is challenging the FCC’s order, saying it doesn’t do enough to protect broadcasters who opt out.

Dish Locks Up Joint-Bidding Agreements for AWS-3 Auction

October 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network is all set for the FCC’s November AWS-3 auction and the satellite provider has inked some joint-bidding agreements as well. According to FCC filings, Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. As Reuters points out, Dish has indirect ownership in both companies.

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