The FCC has removed Cuba from its exclusion list, opening up opportunities for U.S.-based communications service providers to offer traditional telephone and Internet services to the country without needing to get separate approval from the regulator.
Verizon finally unveiled FreeBee Data, a sponsored data offering that allows content providers to pay for the delivery of their services to consumers.
In its latest lobbying efforts at the FCC, Verizon is reiterating the importance of the spectrum bands above 24 GHz to help jumpstart 5G deployment, but it's also arguing for the FCC to combine the 37 GHz band with the 39 GHz band to create a single 3 GHz band of contiguous spectrum, with channels at least 200 MHz wide.
Level 3 Communications has reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement with Google covering their global backbone networks.
U.S. carriers say they support the FCC's effort to expand its emergency wireless alert (EWA) system, but they're urging the agency not to make any hasty moves.
Submarine cable capacity continues to rise, growing 36 percent a year between 2007 and 2014, says the FCC in its first "U.S. International Circuit Capacity Report." As a host of new submarine cable networks go into service over the next year, the commission expects submarine cable capacity to grow around 29 percent between 2014 and 2016.
Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint will all report relatively solid postpaid subscriber adds in the fourth quarter, according to a forecast from Wells Fargo Securities, while AT&T will see a net loss in postpaid handset subscribers.
After more than a year of dialogue with public safety and industry, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has issued its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the deployment of a nationwide broadband network dedicated to public safety.
Verizon has asked the FCC for permission to stop offering postpaid calling card and personal 800 services offered via its MCI subsidiary, illustrating the ongoing decline of legacy services as customers turn to alternative wireline and wireless options.
AT&T has sided with fellow ILEC Verizon and vendor Adtran on the copper retirement issue, asking that competitive service provider TelePacific's request of the FCC to modify its recently enacted copper retirement rules be denied.