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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

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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.

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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.

Verizon Wireless Locks Down Enterprise Deal with the FBI

April 11, 2008 7:56 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

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.

FCC Approves Emergency Text Alert Plan

April 10, 2008 7:50 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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.

Arab Regulators Propose Lower Roaming Fees

April 10, 2008 7:39 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

According to reports in the Bahrain Tribune, Arab regulators have met to recommend that Arab mobile operators lower international roaming rates.

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India Says BlackBerrys Safe for Now

April 9, 2008 8:33 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

India isn’t looking to ban BlackBerrys, contrary to previous speculation, telecommunications secretary Siddhartha Behura told Reuters and other media.

Pipeline Wireless Receives FCC WiMAX License

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

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.

EU to Standardize In-Flight Telephony

April 7, 2008 7:46 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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.

Edwards, Thompson Share Stage

April 4, 2008 8:04 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

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 Says More Open Regulations Premature

April 3, 2008 7:38 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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 Relaxes Telecom Infrastructure Sharing Rules

April 2, 2008 12:34 pm | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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.

Court Grants Stay on FCC E911 Order

March 26, 2008 8:44 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The D.C. Court of Appeals has stayed an order by the FCC seeking to improve E911 accuracy standards by wireless carriers.

Google Urges FCC to Open White Spaces

March 25, 2008 8:10 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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.

Sprint Nextel Appeals FCC Rebanding Order

March 25, 2008 8:05 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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.

FCC Investigates Possible Auction Impropriety

March 20, 2008 8:19 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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

Spectrum Auction Ends

March 19, 2008 8:24 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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 Wins $20 Million Contract with U.S. Customs

March 13, 2008 8:06 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

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

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