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SmartWatch, Episode 25: Auction Delays Haunt Industry and FTC Spooks AT&T

October 30, 2014 12:32 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we scare up the details of the FCC's recent delay on the 600 MHz incentive auction. We'll run down who in the industry might see the delay as...          

On Open Internet, Smart Phones Need Smart Policy

October 30, 2014 9:58 am | by Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA; and Jonathan Spalter, Chair, Mobile Future | Articles | Comments

One area fraught...

NAB Chafes at Being Scapegoat for FCC Auction Delay

October 27, 2014 10:35 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“We reject suggestions that our narrowly focused...

FCC Again Delays 600 MHz Incentive Auctions

October 24, 2014 1:43 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“We are confident we will prevail in court, but...

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SmartWatch, Episode 24: FCC Tackles Tower Siting, High-Band Spectrum, Butt Dialing

October 23, 2014 1:34 pm | Videos | Comments

The FCC makes SmartWatch with what Jonathan Adelstein called the “Super Bowl of regulatory proceedings.” If that’s so, this week’s episode tackles...                         

T-Mobile Claims Roaming Better in South Africa than On AT&T in South Dakota

October 20, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile claims its customers have a better roaming experience in South Africa than they do on AT&T’s network in South Dakota. The carrier says its customers got speeds twice as fast and unlimited...

FCC Looks Above 24 GHz for More Spectrum

October 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The inquiry comes on a recommendation from the Technological Advisory Council to better understand how it can make use of millimeter wave spectrum above...                  

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AT&T's New Smart Limits Still Won't Let Me Cap My Son's Data

October 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After posting a recent grumbling piece about AT&T having done away with a key feature of its family controls program--namely the ability to cap...             

FTC Sees Huge First Week for Refund Claims in AT&T Cramming Settlement

October 16, 2014 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already received 359,000 refund claims just one week after an AT&T cramming settlement had been announced. An FTC spokesman said, as far as the agency can tell...

FirstNews Briefs: NetScout, Accenture, GSMA, Alcatel-Lucent, KT

October 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

NetScout Systems, Inc., a provider of performance analytics and operational intelligence solutions, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Communications business of Danaher Corporation, comprising Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks, and certain parts of Fluke Networks. 

T-Mobile, Sprint Urge Extra Scrutiny of AT&T Spectrum Deals

October 9, 2014 3:12 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The group, which also includes representatives from Comptel, Public Knowledge, and CCIA, is concerned that AT&T will control more than one-third of the available low-band spectrum in some markets should the transactions be approved.

AT&T Paying Out $105M in Cramming Agreement

October 8, 2014 1:27 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson today said AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million in part to reimburse customers affected by cramming. Under the deal, AT&T will pay $80 million to the Federal Trade Commission which will then distribute the money to customers nationwide who got stuck with unauthorized third-party fees from premium SMS services. Ferguson’s office estimates almost 500,000 Washingtonians were affected.

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Twitter Sues FBI, DOJ For NSA Request Documents

October 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based company said in a blog post that it believes it's entitled under the First Amendment to "respond to our users' concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance."

Talking to Siri While Driving Could Be Dangerous

October 8, 2014 9:15 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Voice-activated systems were graded on a distraction scale of 1 to 5, with 1 representing no distraction and 5 comparable to doing complex math problems and word memorization.                                                                  

AT&T Fires Employee for Security Breach

October 7, 2014 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In a letter sent to affected customers and obtained by Seeking Alpha, AT&T said that it had determined that in August an employee...                                                                          

FCC Fines Marriott $600,000 for Jamming Guests' Wi-Fi

October 3, 2014 2:48 pm | by Scott Mayerowitz, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Marriott International will pay the government a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at one of its hotels, forcing them instead to pay as much as $1,000 each to use the hotel's own connection.

CTIA Files to Intervene in NAB-FCC Lawsuit

October 2, 2014 3:03 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CTIA today filed a motion with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to intervene in support of the FCC over the lawsuit filed by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The NAB and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are petitioning for a review of an FCC order establishing rules for the upcoming Incentive Auctions. The lawsuit is challenging the FCC’s order, saying it doesn’t do enough to protect broadcasters who opt out.

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Dish Locks Up Joint-Bidding Agreements for AWS-3 Auction

October 2, 2014 11:07 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Dish Network is all set for the FCC’s November AWS-3 auction and the satellite provider has inked some joint-bidding agreements as well. According to FCC filings, Dish has signed agreements with Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. As Reuters points out, Dish has indirect ownership in both companies.

Verizon Cans Plans to Throttle Unlimited Customers

October 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon said in a statement that it "greatly valued the ongoing dialogue over the past several months concerning network optimization" and had subsequently...                                                                    

FCC Votes to Expand Unlicensed in Post-Auction Smaller TV Spectrum

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The FCC today proposed modifications to its Part 15 rules that allow unlicensed spectrum use in white spaces between TV stations. The changes to the rule would help facilitate the use of television bands, 600 MHz guard bands and channel 37.

FCC’s Incentive Auction Repacking Clarification Draws Dissent

September 30, 2014 3:19 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Commission said its repacking plan is designed to meet “Congress’s mandate to make all reasonable efforts to independently preserve TV station coverage areas and population served.” Today’s clarification is pointed toward making sure the public and all potentially affected broadcasters have all the information they need.

Apple's iPhone 6 Gets Approval for Sales in China

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Approval for use of the iPhone 6 on Chinese networks was granted after Apple "promised 'it never constructed a so-called ...                                                                                      

Control Over Your Data Usage? Think Again

September 30, 2014 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

After nervously handing over an iPhone 5 to my 12-year old, I knew I was going to have to do something to monitor the amount of data he was using. I didn't want to completely ban him from using data, but I certainly wanted to mitigate the possibility of overages. 

FCC Considering New Rules for OTT Video Services: WSJ

September 30, 2014 10:20 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will begin looking into new rules and regulations for Over-The-Top (OTT) video services aimed at providing subscription TV over the internet. As Verizon and Dish Network work to bring online video services to consumers without pay-TV subscriptions, the FCC is considering whether those services should be subject to the same rules as traditional cable and satellite providers.

Europe Loosening In-Flight Cell Phone Rules

September 29, 2014 9:38 am | by David Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

"We're basically opening the door where, in theory, you'll be able to continue making your phone call through the gate throughout the flight ... like you would on a train," spokesman Ilias Maragakis told The Associated Press.                

GSMA: North American Mobile Industry Accounts for 3% of GDP

September 22, 2014 10:53 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The North American mobile industry accounted for $550 billion, or three percent of the GDP in the region in 2013, according to a new report from the GSMA. The GSMA expects that total to grow to $620 billion by 2020. It found that mobile ecosystem directly supports 1.1 million jobs—and another 380,000 indirectly—while contributing more than $63 billion in public funding. That funding total does not include regulatory or spectrum fees.

Attwell Baker Says Existing Open Internet Rules Sufficient

September 22, 2014 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In comments made at the kickoff of a GSMA event in Atlanta today, Attwell Baker said that under existing Open Internet rules, which allow exceptions for wireless providers, "we see new plans, new options, new exciting pro-consumer services like Music Freedom, and Sponsored Data. Consumers can pick the best service and network for them."

Super Mobility Week: A Show of Contrasts

September 22, 2014 6:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

Analyst Elliott Drucker went to CTIA's Super Mobility Week in search of the kinds of "deep tech" he hopes will save the wireless networks. Instead, he found contrasting themes that he says illustrate the problems that the industry is likely to face over the next few years.

Apple Creates Privacy Website Ahead of iPhone Launch

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers," Cook Wrote. "We don’t “monetize” the information you store on your iPhone or in iCloud. And we don’t read your email or your messages to get information to market to you. Our software and services are designed to make our devices better. Plain and simple."

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