These days, Sprint is best known as a wireless operator, but its roots can be traced back to the turn of the 20th century when Cleyson Brown, the son of a grist mill owner formed Brown Telephone to compete with AT&T.

In 2006, Sprint shed its local telecom business, which was purchased by the former CenturyTel and now is run as CenturyLink, and focused its attention on metro and long-haul business opportunities and wireless services that run over its IP/MPLS network backbone.

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Welcome to the next chapter of FierceInstaller

If you haven't noticed there's some new and perhaps familiar faces appearing on  FierceInstaller. In collaboration with my colleagues Dan Frankel, editor of  FierceCable,  and Phil Goldstein, editor of  FierceWireless, I am now leading up this publication along with my ongoing daily coverage of the wireline industry segment at  FierceTelecom.

AT&T, Sprint and Verizon women executives drive influence in the wireless industry

While the overall telecom industry continues to be dominated by male executives, it's clear that women are becoming a growing and influential resource in the wireless and wireline industry segments. They are helping drive major network and marketing initiatives at some of the largest wireless operators and vendors in the U.S.

SoftBank's share purchases help buoy Sprint's stock and boost market value by $6.7B

Sprint parent SoftBank's recent purchases of the carrier's shares have boosted its stock price up around 50 percent since before starting the buying spree in August. The share purchases are a reflection of SoftBank's confidence and have added $6.7 billion to Sprint's market value since Aug. 7.

Lowenstein's View: More spectrum is available than people think

We have operated under the assumption for many years that spectrum is a scarce resource, sort of like high-priced housing markets where demand outstrips supply of 'buildable land'. Carriers pay billions of dollars for a precious few megahertz of additional capacity. Pricing of data services, still hovering at $8 per GB, sends a "use the network but not too much" type of message. The projected growth in video usage has us running to Wi-Fi. Fifty percent of the valuation of Sprint and Dish Network is attributed to their spectrum assets, while conversely, Wall Street analysts are bearish on AT&T and Verizon because their share of subscribers far outweighs their share of aggregate network capacity.

Verizon: Existing customers with 2-year contracts and subsidized smartphones can keep them

Verizon Wireless is clarifying that despite its recent introduction of new plans that do away with two-year contracts and subsidized smartphones for new customers, existing customers who have two-year contracts can renew them and keep getting subsidized phones.

Sprint targets AT&T by offering DirecTV customers 1 year of free service for switching

Sprint is not content to let AT&T Mobility lure DirecTV customers to its wireless service with the promise of savings through a bundled offer-- it's offering them something else entirely: a year of free service if they switch to Sprint.

T-Mobile joins CCA's data roaming hub to expand reciprocal roaming deals with smaller carriers

T-Mobile US is joining the Competitive Carriers Association's LTE data roaming hub, giving small and rural carriers another partner to work with as they seek to expand their network coverage.

T-Mobile's Legere: We're going to send Verizon, AT&T and Sprint a message to abolish overages

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere said that now that a petition he started in April 2014 to abolish data overage charges has garnered more than 250,000 signatures, he and T-Mobile are going to take action.

FCC gives Sprint go-ahead to upgrade 800 MHz network in Portland metro area

As part of Sprint's years-long effort to reband public safety entities, the FCC has granted a waiver that will allow Sprint to deploy its 800 MHz network in parts of Washington state that are considered key to its service in the Portland, Ore., metro area.

AT&T starts to rebrand Mexican wireless operations, takes credit for spurring cross-border offerings

AT&T is starting to rebrand its Mexican wireless operations under its own name and its top Mexican executive acknowledged that while it is starting to shake up the market it still faces a formidable rival in América Móvil, the dominant Mexican carrier.