Despite what appeared to be a lot of defensive posturing before the meeting, there were no fists flying when delegates from the Wi-Fi and LTE communities met over the weekend for a 3GPP coexistence workshop in Beijing, China, to discuss Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology.
Verizon is not accepting funding of $144 million total per year for six years to expand broadband in the rural areas it serves from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), fueling new rumors that it's considering a sale of another large piece of its wireline asset portfolio.
Verizon may be working on a device that could pick up on ultrasonic frequencies and digitally translate them into messages.
AT&T and CenturyLink's ambitious 1 Gbps FTTH service build outs have become a revenue boom for Dycom Industries, a provider of specialty contracting services to the telecom industry.
A number of New York City officials said they are considering suing Verizon for not meeting their proposed FiOS buildout obligations set in their 2008 franchise agreement.
AT&T has joined fellow Tier 1 telco CenturyLink, Consolidated Communications and others in accepting $427 million annually in phase two of the FCC Connect America Fund (CAF-II) program, allowing it reach 2.2 million rural locations in 18 of the 21 states in its operating territory with broadband services.
The NTCA (National Telephone Cooperative Association) says in a FCC filing that the ability for smaller telcos to get access to competitively-priced video content in rural areas will drive competition and new broadband investments.
In a new filing to the FCC, Verizon, T-Mobile US, Qualcomm, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent blasted a proposal by the Wi-Fi Alliance to certify LTE Unlicensed technologies, arguing the Wi-Fi Alliance is seeking to become a "gatekeeper" for technology in unlicensed spectrum. The companies said the Wi-Fi Alliance's proposal would "jeopardize the [FCC's] entire framework that has made unlicensed spectrum so successful as an open platform for permissionless innovation."
Verizon, CenturyLink, AT&T, Netflix and other players in the telecommunications market have filed comments with the FCC over its investigation into the rules governing broadcast retransmission licensing negotiations and the definition of "multi-channel program video provider" (MVPD). The comments generally reflect the desire of companies across the industry to obtain more favorable regulations for their respective businesses.
Verizon Telematics renamed and relaunched its after-market connected vehicle program as "Hum", and said it will bring roadside assistance, car diagnostics and other services to millions of older cars that cannot connect to wireless networks today. The carrier said a two-year subscription plans start at $15 per month plus taxes and fees. The monhtly fee includes equipment for the customer's first vehicle, which Verizon said valued at $120, with the option to add other vehicles for less money.