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FirstNews - January 13, 2009

January 13, 2009 7:46 am | News | Comments

Today's FirstNews - Single Page Format

Controversial AWS-3 Vote Is Possible Next Week

November 26, 2008 8:35 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

The FCC is likely to discuss and possibly vote on Chairman Kevin Martin’s plan for a controversial AWS-3 spectrum auction next week.

CTIA, T-Mobile Emphasize AWS-3 Auction Alternatives

November 21, 2008 7:50 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

CTIA yesterday again filed objections to the FCC’s upcoming vote on an AWS-3 spectrum auction, this time suggesting multiple alternative proposals.

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CTIA Drops Open-Access Lawsuit Against FCC

November 14, 2008 7:31 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

Should wireless carriers be required to share their future networks with competitors’ customers?

TerreStar Gets Extensions

November 14, 2008 7:24 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

TerreStar will get more time to reach some government-mandated milestones.

Obama Transition Teams Picks Wheeler for Science and Arts

November 13, 2008 7:05 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler is joining President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition team to focus on matters of science, technology, space and the arts

FCC Approves Mergers, White Spaces

November 5, 2008 7:18 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless can acquire Alltel, while Sprint Nextel can acquire Clearwire and former analog TV signals can be used for new purposes.

FCC Tables Controversial Vote

November 4, 2008 7:00 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

The FCC took it right down to the wire, but reported that it will not vote today on a proposal

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Up Front - FCC: Eat My Dust

November 1, 2008 8:36 pm | by Rhonda Wickham, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

It has been a long time since I’ve seen so much opposition to FCC activities. The commission, which often seems plodding in its deliberations, suddenly has sped up to warp speed.

Telematics, Rural Carriers Object to USF Plan

October 30, 2008 8:03 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

More groups are piling on with objections to changes the FCC is proposing to the Universal Service Fund (USF)

FCC Insider Says White Spaces Will Pass

October 30, 2008 7:54 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

FCC member Robert McDowell reportedly told Reuters that he’s optimistic communications officials will approve the plan to open the soon-to-be vacant TV airwaves, known as “white spaces.”

FCC Urged to Delay USF Vote

October 29, 2008 8:06 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

The FCC is getting pressured to delay yet another matter on its ambitious Nov. 4 agenda.

More Voices Protest White Space Plan

October 29, 2008 8:03 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

The FCC is hearing from a growing chorus that wants it to delay a planned Nov. 4 vote on white spaces.

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FCC Says AWS-3 Auction Okay Despite Staunch Opposition

October 13, 2008 8:03 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

The FCC will move forward with plans to auction AWS-3 spectrum

CTIA Wants Universal Service Break for Some Customers

October 13, 2008 8:00 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The FCC should not fully charge universal service fees to customers whose wireless phones are not their primary phones

FCC Opens E-911 Reporting System

October 10, 2008 7:51 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The E-911 Architecture Information System is now active, FCC officials said.

T-Mobile, M2Z Go Another Round in AWS Debate

October 8, 2008 8:21 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

T-Mobile today filed yet another critique of M2Z Network’s plan to use AWS-3 spectrum for offering free, nationwide mobile WiMAX service.

Congress Extends Fuel Cell Tax Credit

October 6, 2008 8:05 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend the Investment Tax Credit for fuel cell technology by 8 years.

Obama Employs iPhone App

October 3, 2008 7:49 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

Barack Obama’s campaign has developed a new iPhone application that makes use of the iPhone's social networking attributes.

Tower Co-Location Faces Big Changes

October 2, 2008 9:50 pm | by Evan Koblentz | Articles | Comments

Until the 1990s, an operator could install a wireless tower almost wherever it pleased and with minimal objection from local communities. It didn’t take many towers to support an entire region because there weren’t many customers in the first place and most of the data was simple voice.

Seybold’s Take - More, Not Fewer, Towers

October 2, 2008 9:42 pm | by Andrew M. Seybold | Articles | Comments

In the next few years, the demands for tower space and new cell sites will reach an all-time high. There are new build-outs required for Clearwire/Sprint, for AWS spectrum owners including T-Mobile and a number of cable operators.

Broadband Data Bill To Improve Reporting

October 2, 2008 8:12 am | by Rhonda Wickham | News | Comments

The U.S. Congress has passed the Broadband Data Improvement Act (S. 1492), which should help the government collect better information

Carnegie Mellon Prof Becomes FCC Chief Tech

October 2, 2008 8:09 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The FCC is getting a chief technologist. Jon Peha, Ph.D., will serve at chief technologist and as a senior advisor on communications technology

T-Mobile Once Again Fires at M2Z Plan

October 1, 2008 8:11 am | by Evan Koblentz | News | Comments

T-Mobile is now speaking out at an increased pace against startup M2Z Networks’ plan to build a nationwide AWS-3 wireless network.

FCC Enacts New D-Block Plan

September 26, 2008 8:08 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

The FCC yesterday officially voted to re-auction the nationwide 700 MHz D-block spectrum at an opening bid of $750 million.

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