The FCC is halting AT&T's request to stop offering long-term contracts and the associated discounts on TDM-based special access circuits it sells to CLECs and wireless operators, at least for five months.
AT&T may have set 2020 as the year when it will transition its TDM network to all IP, but Randall Stephenson, CEO and chairman, says that the provider will start seeing cost savings by 2016.
AT&T is open to rules for the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions that would limit how much spectrum any one carrier could acquire, but wants such rules applied evenly, according to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson.
AT&T is fighting a new request from its shareholders to disclose government requests for customer information, saying that the inquiry is an attempt to micromanage the service provider.
Sprint has a stable financial outlook, but its financial profile will remain weak through at least 2014 as industry trends and competitive pressure conspire to keep the company from fully exploiting its network investments and spectrum holdings, according to Fitch Ratings.
The FCC has allocated a total of $255 million in grants from its Connect America Fund Phase I (CAF-I), enabling five telcos to deliver broadband access to over 400,000 rural homes and businesses in 41 states.
AT&T Mobility's new "Mobile Share Value" plans, especially for no-contract customers seeking an unsubsidized phone, will likely cut into AT&T's average revenue per user but could help the company win back some market share, according to financial analysts.
AT&T is considering buying Verizon Wireless' lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The result could be a bidding war between AT&T and T-Mobile US, which has reportedly also been interested in the airwaves.
Two House Republicans are calling on lawmakers to revamp the 1996 Telecom Act to better reflect the realities the communications industry is seeing in today's broadband and wireless era. But exactly what changes they want to make are not clear.
AT&T Mobility tweaked the pricing of its Mobile Share shared data plans for contract customers, and also introduced new "Mobile Share Value" shared data plans that are less expensive and are targeted at no-contract customers. The actions are likely a response to the success rival T-Mobile US has enjoyed this year since removing handset subsidy costs and two-year contracts from its pricing plans.