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VZW, CTIA Applaud Clearing 700 MHz

January 18, 2010 7:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC's most recent attempts to clear the 700 MHz band for public safety and commercial channels received prompt applause from Verizon Wireless and CTIA.

Text Service Resumes Six Months after Xinjiang Riots

January 18, 2010 7:07 am | by Tini Tran, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Text messaging services restarted with some restrictions Sunday for cell phone users in far western China...

FCC Hears from Tech Heavyweights on Net Neutrality

January 15, 2010 7:21 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Skype says "yea," most carriers say "nay" and CTIA calls it "inappropriate and unnecessary."

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Kodak Sues Apple, RIM Over Patents

January 14, 2010 7:12 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Kodak wants the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to stop the import of iPhones and BlackBerry devices it claims infringe on its image viewing patents.

FCC Softens Stance on Broadcast Spectrum

January 13, 2010 10:27 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

 The FCC has stepped back from a proposal to reclaim spectrum from television broadcasters to use for wireless broadband services, according to an agency executive.

IRS Backs Off Cell Phone Tax Proposal

January 12, 2010 7:24 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

CTIA, and no doubt a lot of taxpayers, are happy to hear the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has shelved an effort to create rules for taxing employer-provided cell phones.

Obama, NTIA: Spectrum Key to Broadband Competition

January 5, 2010 7:10 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The Obama administration is asking federal regulators to free up more spectrum in an effort to make wireless broadband providers able to compete with the broadband offerings of wireline phone and cable companies.

In The Crosshairs

January 1, 2010 10:50 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

After just six months on the job, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has taken the wireless industry to task on everything from VoIP apps to early termination fees. His first inquiry came less than a month and a half into his tenure when he asked Apple to explain why it rejected the Google Voice app.

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Up Front - Rules for the Road

January 1, 2010 10:40 am | by Monica Alleven, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has said he favors “fair rules” for an open Internet that recognize the difference between wireless and wireline networks. He’s also referred to such regulations as “rules of the road” that we need to survive in the age of the Information Superhighway.

Seybold’s Take - The FCC’s Broadband Plan: What Will It Look Like?

January 1, 2010 9:30 am | by Andrew Seybold | Articles | Comments

The FCC is due to send a report on the plan for broadband services in the United States to the administration on or before Feb. 10, 2010. This plan has been in the works for months, and there are several Web sites dedicated to collecting input from all of us who care to comment.

Group Makes Push for In-Flight Calling

December 13, 2009 11:33 am | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

A group sponsored by two in-flight cell phone companies is pushing the United States to allow the use of mobile devices on airplanes.

GAO: FCC Needs to Improve Oversight

December 11, 2009 7:00 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

While the FCC is already putting the wireless industry under the microscope, the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) says the FCC needs to improve its oversight of wireless phone service.

Report: Broadband Stimulus Funds Won't Suffice

December 11, 2009 6:50 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus funding given out by President Obama is not even close to enough to deploy truly universal broadband access.

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FCC to Verizon: Explain ETFs, Web Charges

December 4, 2009 7:15 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Now Verizon Wireless is on the hot seat to answer questions from the FCC.

Senators Propose Limits on ETFs

December 4, 2009 7:05 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

Some U.S. senators want to set limits on Early Termination Fees (ETFs), but CTIA says the legislation is unnecessary because wireless carriers already pro-rate the fees for customers who end their contracts early.

Fitch: Industry Unaffected by Net Neutrality Issue in 2010

December 3, 2009 6:40 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Fitch Ratings largely dismissed the threat of possible net neutrality legislation to the wireless industry in its 2010 industry outlook.

Genachowski Calls for Spectrum, USF Reform

December 2, 2009 7:00 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pledged to make more spectrum available to the wireless industry yesterday and called for reform of the Universal Service Fund (USF).

2009 Green Basestation Summit: Renewable Energy Key to Cost Savings

November 30, 2009 8:43 am | by Contributor Christopher Felder | Articles | Comments

This year's Green Basestation Summit was upbeat, emphasizing the cost savings and sustainability of renewable energy use in wireless networks.

Up Front - Looks Like We Made It

November 29, 2009 7:45 pm | by Monica Alleven, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Last year around this time, the country was awaiting a new administration and doling out bailouts. Economically, most bets were off.

Stimulus Funds' Mixed Impact

November 19, 2009 7:41 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

As the government prepares to disburse $7.2 billion in broadband stimulus funds, reports differ as to how much impact the money will have.

Ad Wars Not Over

November 18, 2009 4:05 pm | by Monica Alleven | Blogs | Comments

Round One goes to … Verizon Wireless. A federal judge in Atlanta denied AT&T’s request to make Verizon Wireless stop running ads that compare the two carriers’ 3G coverage. But the legal skirmish isn’t over.

FCC Grants CTIA Request to Set Time Limits for Tower Permits

November 18, 2009 8:20 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

 FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has acted on a petition filed by CTIA to establish timeframes within which permits for wireless tower sites must be approved.

CTIA Gets Behind Latest USF Reform Efforts

November 18, 2009 6:35 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

CTIA and Verizon are voicing their support for Universal Service Fund (USF) reform after a hearing yesterday on a bill sponsored by Rep. Rick Boucher, (D-Va.), and Rep. Lee Terry, (R-Neb.)

Broadband Stimulus Program to be Streamlined

November 11, 2009 6:50 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The two agencies in charge of the Obama administration's broadband stimulus program have announced plans to streamline the process and the remaining funding in just one round, instead of two.

The Argument for Green Networks

October 29, 2009 10:15 am | by Contributor Christopher Felder | Articles | Comments

For telco CFOs, going green must serve the overriding goal of making money for their shareholders. As such, energy - electricity, mainly - has significant direct costs for telcos, and these costs are rising, in some cases dramatically.

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