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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.

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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.

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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.

Predictability Defines Auction

February 14, 2008 10:47 pm | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

The FCC auction of 62 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band is still going hot and heavy as this issue goes to press. Although anything can happen, we can draw some conclusions from the 26 rounds of bidding

‘Net Freedom Act Not Necessary, CTIA Says

February 14, 2008 6:59 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

An Internet neutrality law would not be good for the wireless industry, CTIA CEO and President Steve Largent said yesterday.

Senate Approves Telecom Immunity

February 13, 2008 7:51 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate passed a surveillance bill yesterday, granting retroactive immunity to telecom companies that may have participated in President Bush’s earlier warrantless wiretapping program.

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FCC Gives Nod to T-Mobile SunCom Purchase

February 11, 2008 7:59 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC has approved T-Mobile USA's acquisition of SunCom Wireless Holdings. The approval is the last regulatory hurdle for the deal; both parties expect to close the merger by the end of the month.

FCC Auction Inches Along

February 8, 2008 7:39 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

Bidding in the FCC's Auction 73, which covers the nationwide C Block of 700 MHz spectrum licenses, is moving to a 6-round daily format starting today.

FCC Hopes to Kick-Start Spectrum Auctions

February 7, 2008 7:08 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

The FCC said it is moving the nationwide 700 MHz spectrum auction, known as the C Block, into a second phase in which bidders must meet stricter eligibility terms.

FCC Praises State of Cellular Union

February 6, 2008 7:46 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

The FCC this week released its "12th Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions with Respect to Commercial Mobile Services," praising the progress of American mobile telephony and data services.

Bush Threatens to Veto Any Bill Without Telecom Immunity

February 6, 2008 7:43 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

President Bush said he would veto any surveillance bill that doesn't include retroactive immunity for telecoms that participated in his administration's early eavesdropping programs.

Nokia 'Astonished' by German State's Request for Repayment

February 6, 2008 7:39 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Following protests over Nokia's plan to close its plant in Bochum, Germany, and move production to Romania, the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has told Nokia that it must repay the 41.3 million euros

FCC Auction Adds New Twist

February 5, 2008 7:08 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

Round 31 brought a new twist in bidding for the FCC's 700 MHz spectrum auction this morning.

FCC Posts USF Reform Proposals

January 31, 2008 7:39 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

The FCC has posted proposed reforms to the Universal Service Fund, which FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said could relieve significant pressure on the fund.

Block C Surpasses Reserve Price

January 31, 2008 7:35 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

A bid of $4.7 billion finally surpassed the $4.6 billion reserve price in Round 17 of the FCC's 700 MHz spectrum auction this morning.

Congress Extends Surveillance Act Sans Telecom Immunity

January 30, 2008 8:51 am | by Teresa von Fuchs | News | Comments

Congress agreed to extend the expiring anti-terror surveillance act for another two weeks, without including any decisive immunity for telecoms.

No Fear for 700 MHz Bidders in Round 13, 14

January 30, 2008 8:44 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

Round 13 of the FCC's 700 MHZ spectrum auction saw a new high bid of nearly $4.3 billion this morning.

FCC Auction Ends Day As Round 12 Inches Forward

January 29, 2008 1:00 pm | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

A bid for just under $3.8 billion was the top result for the nationwide C Block in today's 12th round of the FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction.

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