Windstream is the latest service provider to ask the FCC to take a closer look at AT&T's proposal to eliminate discounts for five-year and longer term plans for its TDM-based special access services.
The FCC revealed the first data points from its mobile speed test application for Android devices, whoing the app has been installed more than 30,000 times so far and has generated around 40,000 collections of the full suite of mobile broadband speed measurements.
The FCC will explore whether to allow wireless voice calls on U.S. flights, opening up a potentially contentious debate over what kind of mobile use is socially acceptable on airplanes.
Until this week, Google was the newest FCC-approved TV white space database administrator. That title now belongs to Key Bridge Global, which joins Google, Spectrum Bridge and Ericsson's Telcordia unit as official providers of database support for the operation of low-power, unlicensed transmitting devices on unoccupied spectrum within the broadcast TV band.
Tom Wheeler, the FCC's new chairman, wants to get the TDM to IP transition moving and has proposed that the regulator issue an order on the matter at its upcoming meeting in January, a move that AT&T applauded. The incumbent's own IP migration has been stymied by the Commission's slow pace on the matter.
With skyrocketing numbers of devices accessing radio spectrum for communications and other services, the issue of radio interference is getting renewed attention. Yet the issues are far from clear cut.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday the 1900 MHz PCS H block auction will go forward on Jan. 22, as scheduled, despite Sprint and T-Mobile US indicating they will not participate.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been on the job for barely two weeks, but Sprint, T-Mobile US, Dish Network and other smaller carriers are already lobbying him to ensure rules that let them get access to 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum in the forthcoming incentive auctions.
The Department of Justice's proposed settlement allowing American Airlines and US Airways to merge has sparked speculation that the Obama administration might allow a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US before the next president takes office. However, there are formidable barriers to such a deal, including the administration's own wireless priorities.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is pushing the CTIA to amend its policies so that carriers would be more proactive in allowing consumers to unlock their phones. Wheeler said the CTIA and the wireless industry should act by year-end or expect the FCC to issue regulations on the issue.