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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

House Version of Wiretapping Bill Doesn’t Include Telecom Immunity

March 12, 2008 8:34 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The debate over extending the government’s warrantless wiretapping program continues. Democrats in the House of Representatives unveiled a new version of the legislation that does not include immunity for telecom companies that may have cooperated

German State Demanding Payment for Plant Closure

March 12, 2008 8:26 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Nokia is still facing pressure from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia for plans to close its manufacturing plant in Bochum.

FCC Auction Speeds Along, Gets Nowhere

March 10, 2008 10:50 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

Bid rounds are moving fast after last week’s transition to Stage 3 of the FCC auction for 700 MHz spectrum licenses.

Court Grants Stay on FCC Power Backup Regulation

March 7, 2008 7:12 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Last week, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., granted a request by Sprint Nextel to stay the FCC’s 8-hour backup power regulations, while the court reviews an appeal submitted by several carriers and CTIA.

Tax Board Rules Telecom Should Pay for Public Property

March 4, 2008 7:06 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board ruled yesterday that local communities can tax telecom’s poles and wires on public land.

Holes in the Virtual Fence

February 29, 2008 7:37 am | by Brad Smith | Articles | Comments

Word out of Washington D.C. this week that a big technology experiment has failed, at least for the time being. The much-ballyhooed "virtual fence" being built along the border with Mexico just doesn't do what it is supposed to do.

Senator Calls FCC Auction a Disaster

February 27, 2008 6:53 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor reportedly called the 700 MHz spectrum auction a disaster yesterday at the National Association of Broadcasters' State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

NARUC Delays Vote on Wireless Regulation

February 21, 2008 7:07 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The debate continues over whether a federal body or individual states have the right to regulate certain aspects of the wireless industry.

Denver Area Highlights Round 94 of FCC Auction

February 21, 2008 7:00 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

Bidders committed more than $19.5 billion through 94 rounds of the FCC’s 700 MHz spectrum auction as of 10 a.m. EST today, with round 95 kicking off at 11 a.m.

Court Sides with the Birds

February 20, 2008 7:00 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of conservationists yesterday, saying the FCC needs to do more to mitigate the impact of communication towers on migratory birds along the Gulf Coast region.

Spectrum Auctions Continue, But C-Block Likely Finished

February 15, 2008 6:55 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

So far the FCC has earned $19.4 billion in its ongoing wireless spectrum auction, but activity for the coveted C-blocks is finished, with Verizon the winner and AT&T the loser, an industry consultant believes.

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