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China Begins Sweeping Telco Reorganization

July 15, 2008 3:21 pm | by Kevin Wang | Articles | Comments

The China Ministry of Industry and Information (MII), announced a long-awaited restructuring of the fixed and mobile communication carriers in China.

EU Commission to Regulate Data Roaming

July 15, 2008 9:04 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

EU Telecom Commissioner Viviane Reding, announced plans to introduce regulations for capping text message roaming fees in October.

Senators Praised for Tax Fairness Act

July 15, 2008 8:33 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

The tax rate on wireless services is more than twice that of most other goods which are taxed around 7%.

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Martin Makes Example out of Comcast

July 14, 2008 8:40 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has said he will not fine Comcast, even though the cable company violated federal policy by interfering with file-sharing customers’ networks.

FCC Proceeds with Field Testing White Space Devices

July 11, 2008 8:16 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC plans to begin field testing prototype white space devices next week.

Scuffle About Cell Site Backup Power Put On Hold

July 9, 2008 8:20 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

The FCC must bring its rules for backup power at cell sites back to the drawing board, a federal appeals court said yesterday.

FCC Seeks Comment on Free Wireless Internet Plan

June 23, 2008 8:36 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC released a further notice of proposed rulemaking late Friday, to provide free, nationwide, high-speed wireless Internet services using spectrum in the 2.1 GHz AWS band.

Congress Reaches New Wiretapping Proposal

June 20, 2008 8:25 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Congress has reached an agreement about proposed changes to the government’s surveillance bill.

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Startups Fill National Alerts Plan

June 19, 2008 8:54 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

It’s not just Tier-1 giants who can fulfill the recent FCC requirement for a national wireless emergency alert system, startups like Velleros and Movius Interactive said.

Senator Sponsors Do-Not-Text Bill

June 17, 2008 8:33 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Oregon Senator Gordon Smith is sponsoring a bill that seeks to ban unwanted text-messages. Called the “Do Not Text Act of 2008”

Martin Champions Changes to ETF Practice

June 13, 2008 8:24 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

At a public hearing yesterday, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin outlined his plan to regulate the fees wireless carriers charge consumers for ending contracts early.

EU Telecom Commission Threatens Data Roaming Caps

June 13, 2008 8:07 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

European Union Telecom Commissioner Viviane Reding has warned mobile operators that the commission could introduce new legislation to standardize data roaming fees.

FCC to Hold Hearing on Early Termination Fees

June 12, 2008 8:52 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC is scheduled to hold a hearing today regarding the fees wireless customers pay when they want out of their service contracts.

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Sprint, Clearwire Position WiMAX as Third Pipe

June 10, 2008 8:43 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have filed a petition with the FCC, promising to deliver wireless Internet access across the country.

Free Wireless Internet Plan Delayed

June 6, 2008 8:25 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

An FCC plan to provide free, nationwide wireless Internet has faltered on concerns about possible network inference and a stipulation that would require filtering of offensive content.

FCC Schedules Hearing on ETFs

June 2, 2008 8:22 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC has scheduled a hearing June 12 to discuss fees consumers pay when they cancel wireless services before the end of their contract.

FCC Aims to Provide Free Wireless Broadband

May 29, 2008 8:47 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC is reportedly considering a plan to auction off more airwaves, this time with the stipulation that the winner would provide free broadband Internet access to the whole country.

FCC Considers Regulating Cancellation Fees

May 21, 2008 8:55 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC is considering making changes to the fees consumer’s pay when they cancel a cell phone service contract.

Rural Carriers Petition FCC Against Exclusive Handset Deals

May 20, 2008 8:51 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) filed a petition with the FCC asking it to investigate exclusive handset arrangements between carriers and handset manufacturers.

FCC Seeks Comment on Reauctioning D Block

May 15, 2008 8:52 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC adopted a Second Further notice of Proposed Rulemaking Notice yesterday as part of its continued effort to create a nationwide network for emergency first responders.

FTC Warns Mobile Marketers to Keep it Honest

May 9, 2008 8:32 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

A Federal Trade Commission representative warned mobile content providers that they need to be clearer about the cost of downloading mobile applications.

Google Petitions FCC on Verizon

May 6, 2008 8:18 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Late last week, Google petitioned the FCC to ensure that Verizon Wireless would follow the open access conditions set for the C Block of 700 MHz spectrum.

What Now, Mr. Chairman?

May 2, 2008 4:59 pm | by Andy Seybold | Articles | Comments

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is under the gun about the D Block fiasco. Perhaps he should consider this suggestion for the next step.

SEC Fines UTStarcom Execs

May 2, 2008 7:45 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Two UTStarcom executives were fined by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, settling allegations of false financial reporting.

FCC Caps Universal Service Fund

May 2, 2008 7:28 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC voted 3 to 2 in favor of capping the Universal Service Fund (USF). Subsidies paid out from the fund will be capped at the spending levels of March of this year; estimates range from $1.3 to $1.4 billion a year. Telecoms serving tribal lands and Alaska native lands are exempt from the cap.

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