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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.

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.

Advisers Not to Blame for Auction’s D Block Failure

April 28, 2008 7:37 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC inspector general said that the advisory company to public safety groups was not responsible for the D Block of spectrum failing to reach its minimum bid in the commission’s recent auction.

Upgrading Backup Power Not So Easy

April 25, 2008 8:05 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

More than one year after the FCC issued a mandate to improve backup power at telecommunications sites, operators continue to confront challenges

Alvarion Earns FCC Nod for 802.16e Base Station

April 23, 2008 8:27 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

Alvarion announced commercial availability and FCC authorization for its 802.16e BreezeMAX 3650 base station

CTIA Comments on the FCC’s Proposed USF Reforms

April 18, 2008 8:07 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

In line with yesterday’s deadline for comments on the FCC’s notice of proposed rulemaking regarding reforms to the Universal Service Fund, CTIA has said that the need for reform within the fund is “urgent”.

U.S. Reps Seek to Ban Mobile Phone Usage on Planes

April 17, 2008 8:01 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

In light of the European Union’s (EU) recent plan to allow voice calls on airlines, several U.S. representatives are proposing legislation that would ban the use of voice services

Congress Puts Safety Spectrum Under Microscope

April 16, 2008 8:42 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

An assortment of speakers and elected officials did not reach any significant conclusions for America’s lack of a wireless public safety network in a congressional hearing yesterday

Congress Examines 700 MHZ Auction Results

April 15, 2008 8:39 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

The recently completed FCC auction for 700 MHz spectrum licenses is the subject of a congressional hearing today for the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.

Indian Recommending Number Portability

April 11, 2008 8:02 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

India's Telecom Regulatory Authority has recommended that mobile operators implement number portability

Verizon Wireless Applauds FCC Emergency Texting Plan

April 11, 2008 7:58 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Responding to the FCC's announcement that it had adopted a framework for a national emergency alert program, Verizon Wireless said that it "applauded" the decision.

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