The FCC voted Thursday to adopt draft rules that would require carriers to publicly disclose the percentage of cell sites within their networks that are working during and immediately after disasters.
The FCC on Friday approved AT&T Mobility's proposed $780 million purchase of Atlantic Tele-Network's retail wireless business, which still operates under the Alltel brand. However, the agency said the transaction "will likely cause some competitive and other public interest harms in several local markets" but that it is approving the deal due to AT&T's acceptance of a number of conditions on the transaction, including that AT&T maintain Alltel's CDMA network through June 2015.
The Federal Communications Commission released its revised data request on the Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking providing instructions covering special access. It will use it to see if it has to make any changes to its pricing flexibility rules.
T-Mobile US joined forces with Verizon Communications to propose a band plan for the upcoming incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The partnership is notable in light of the fact that T-Mobile and Verizon have long been on opposite sides of the debate over the auctions, especially on whether to cap the amount of spectrum Verizon and AT&T can win in the auctions.
At the Obama administration's direction, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration petitioned the FCC to mandate that carriers unlock mobile phones and tablets free of charge and let customers who have met their contractual obligations switch to another carrier.
The FCC said in a public notice that it will start an auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block on Jan. 14, 2014, its first major spectrum auction since 2008. The auction is likely to draw interest from Sprint, while Dish Network has signaled it will likely not participate.
Dish Network filed a new proposal with the FCC that the company said would allow it to deploy an LTE network across its 700 MHz E Block and AWS-4 spectrum holdings. Dish is asking the FCC to set a new buildout deadline on its 700 MHz spectrum that would require the company to cover 40 percent of the population covered by its licenses by 2017 and 70 percent by 2021.
In a surprising move, AT&T said it supports 700 MHz interoperability and will begin adding Band 12-capable devices to its portfolio. Until this point, the company had adamantly refused to support Band 12, saying that it was unnecessary and would add costs to its devices.
Globalstar said Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn has circulated to other commissioners a notice of proposed rulemaking to authorize the company's planned terrestrial low-power service (TLPS) offering. The service could be used for a private, licensed Wi-Fi service operating over Globalstar's satellite spectrum and unlicensed ISM band spectrum, and reports have indicated that Amazon conducted tests of a wireless network using Globalstar's spectrum.
The long-awaited court fight over net neutrality has finally arrived: Verizon Communications and the FCC are set to square off in federal court today over the FCC's open Internet rules, with the fate of net neutrality for wireless and wired networks in the balance.