Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday told congressional lawmakers that the trend among programmers to block access to their websites during carriage disputes with pay TV companies is "something we should all worry about."
The FCC put a $10 billion reserve on the upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which is scheduled to start Nov. 13. The reserve is the minimum amount the FCC must raise through the auction to make it a success. The auction will be the biggest since the FCC's 700 MHz auction in 2008, though it will likely be dwarfed by next year's 600 MHz incentive auction of TV broadcaster spectrum.
Sprint has to pay the FCC $7.5 million for failing to honor the agency's do-not-call rules by making unwanted calls and sending unwanted text messages to consumers.
PCIA, the wireless infrastructure's trade group, is holding its annual conference in Orlando, Fla., starting Tuesday, and it's clear that the organization has the future on its mind, both from a regulatory standpoint and the evolution of network technology.
According to new maps from Mosaik Solutions, Verizon Wireless could be subject to bidding restrictions across virtually the entire country in the FCC's 600 MHz auction next year. Meanwhile, AT&T Mobility could face restrictions in locations across wide portions of the West and East Coasts, but not in the central part of the country. The maps from Mosaik, provided exclusively to FierceWireless, provide the clearest view yet as to exactly how the FCC's 600 MHz auction rules will affect the nation's two largest wireless carriers.
Average cable TV prices continue to go up faster than the rate of inflation, the FCC said in its latest sampling of rates operators charge for basic cable television service. More surprising, the report found for the third straight year that areas with competition actually saw higher price increases than those without competition.
Many members of the public cringe at the very idea that their seatmates on aircraft might be able to make inflight voice calls using their own smartphones, but trade groups representing network gear suppliers, consumer electronics makers and the high-tech sector are urging the FCC to end the ban on inflight calls.
It didn't take long for tech companies big and small--including Amazon, Google and Yahoo--to rally against the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to charge a fee for a fast lane on the Internet. The companies said the new rules would hurt consumers and industry competition.
The FCC approved rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that will open up bandwidth for unlicensed wireless use. Depending upon the how much spectrum is voluntarily relinquished by broadcasters in a reverse auction and repacked for the forward auction, a total of 14 to 28 MHz of guard band spectrum should be available for unlicensed use in a given area. And FCC official said that, depending on how much spectrum is repurposed in a given market, the agency expects the guard bands to be between 7 MHz and 11 MHz wide.
WASHINGTON--The FCC adopted rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum that are more favorable to Verizon Wireless and AT&T than initially contemplated. However, Sprint, T-Mobile US, Dish Network and smaller carriers are likely to claim some measure of victory because the FCC agreed to allow some spectrum to be reserved for carriers that do not control large amounts of low-band spectrum.