The American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for amateur radio, filed a formal complaint with the FCC, alleging that the Home Depot chain has been illegally marketing certain RF-ballast lighting devices to consumers in violation of FCC Part 18 rules.
In partnership with OpenSignal, FierceWireless is trying to shed some light on the latency issue, with a closer look at how operators stack up against each other. Special report
While LTE networks provide faster download speeds than predecessor 3G wireless networks, the other metric that does not get as much attention is latency speeds on the major U.S. wireless operators' networks.
In OpenSignal's latest charts, AT&T showed a slight increase in latency speeds on its LTE network in the second quarter, when compared with the operator's results from the first quarter. Sprint too showed an increase in its 3G latency speeds during that period. Overall, Sprint showed some of the lowest latency figures in the second quarter when compared with its rivals.
Verizon and wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers are at an impasse in labor negotiations, with local members in the process of conducting a strike authorization vote.
Verizon has been granted a patent for a new program guide that lets users sort shows by such factors as reviews, as opposed to just time and channel.
Verizon has taken another step towards reaching its goal to transition 200,000 copper customers onto fiber this year, saying in an FCC filing that it had transitioned 60 retail POTS voice customers onto fiber in Pennsylvania.
Offering greater flexibility to deliver new cloud and optical services to businesses and consumers, it should be no surprise that the large ILECs like AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon are keen on migrating off their legacy copper and TDM networks to IP and fiber. However, CLECs and their small to medium business customers are concerned whether ILECs will provide equivalently priced access to IP services.
NTCA, an industry forum focused on rural telcos, says that the FCC should not place larger mandates on service providers, because the fact that many consumers shift to using cell phones during power outages shows that they don't see standby power for voice service a priority.
US Telecom says that the FCC's call to mandate that ILECs provide IP services to competitive telcos at comparable prices to legacy TDM services could actually delay the U.S. telecom industry's migration to all-IP networks.