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.
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.
More than one year after the FCC issued a mandate to improve backup power at telecommunications sites, operators continue to confront challenges
Alvarion announced commercial availability and FCC authorization for its 802.16e BreezeMAX 3650 base station
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”.
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
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
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.
India's Telecom Regulatory Authority has recommended that mobile operators implement number portability
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.
In related news, Verizon Wireless has deployed 19,500 internationally enabled BlackBerry 8830 World Edition Smartphones to more than 56 FBI offices around the world.
The FCC has approved a plan to create a nationwide alert system that would send text messages to wireless subscribers in case of certain emergencies.
According to reports in the Bahrain Tribune, Arab regulators have met to recommend that Arab mobile operators lower international roaming rates.
India isn’t looking to ban BlackBerrys, contrary to previous speculation, telecommunications secretary Siddhartha Behura told Reuters and other media.
Boston-based Pipeline Wireless announced that it has been awarded a nationwide WiMAX license in the newly released 3.65 GHz band from the FCC.
The European Commission (EU) announced an EU-wide plan to allow travelers to use mobile phones to talk, text or send e-mails on planes.
Who was that walking around the show floor flanked by security yesterday? It was none other than former presidential candidates Fred Thompson and John Edwards, who took a tour of the show floor, visiting the likes of Kyocera, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry and Motorola, after their keynote at CTIA Wireless 2008.
FCC Chair Kevin Martin said he was opposed to putting more open access regulations on wireless networks at this time. Martin said that more regulation isn’t necessary at this time, since carriers have already begun measures to open up their networks.
India’s telecom ministry announced a relaxing of sharing rules for telecom operators. Local operators will now be allowed to share transmission systems, radio access networks and antennae, the country has also simplified the approval process for building mobile towers. But operators are still not allowed to share spectrum.
The D.C. Court of Appeals has stayed an order by the FCC seeking to improve E911 accuracy standards by wireless carriers.
Less than a week after the FCC closed the 700 MHz spectrum auction, Google is urging the commission to open up TV signal white spaces, or portions of unused spectrum between channels, for use with wireless devices.
Last week, Sprint Nextel argued before a federal appeals court that an FCC rebanding order approved last fall changed the terms of the commission’s original rebanding contract with the carrier.
Due to the failure of the 700 MHz spectrum auction to name a successful bidder for the swath of spectrum set aside for a national, public safety network
The FCC’s auction of the 700 MHz spectrum block has finally closed, after bidding slowed to a trickle in the last few weeks.
AT&T announced it has won a $20 million order from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency. The deal is part of the General Services Administration's Networx Universal program, a 10-year, $20 billion program