There is mounting evidence that a large and growing number of the nation's 911 operators aren't able to locate your cell phone when you call 911. This despite FCC rules dating way back to 2006 that wireless carriers need to provide 911 operators with the latitude and longitude coordinates, within 300 meters, of all mobile 911 callers. What's the problem here?
TDS Telecom has completed a part of its ARRA-funded broadband Internet project around Center and Cedar Bluff, Ala., making services accessible to some residents living in the area.
Tom Wheeler, the FCC's new chairman, may have a strong wireless background after serving as president of CTIA for 11 years, but he said in an interview with FierceWireless that his role today is to be an "advocate for the American public."
Social networking giant Facebook joined the GSMA, signaling its intentions to become more deeply enmeshed in not only mobile devices but the standards and policy issues facing wireless carriers and vendors.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he is proud of his background in the wireless industry, but that his goal now is to look out for the American people and ensure effective competition. He also said one of his main priorities right now is ensuring that broadcasters relinquish enough of their wireless spectrum to guarantee the success of the agency's upcoming incentive auctions, which could come to define his tenure as chairman.
Vodafone UK was raked over the coals by regulator Ofcom this week for being the only one of the country's four mobile network operators to miss its coverage obligations by the end of June.
The European Commission confirmed it has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Hutchison 3G UK (H3G)'s planned acquisition of Telefónica Ireland is in line with European Union merger rules.
Tom Wheeler, the FCC's new chairman, said he will work to ensure the U.S. telecommunications market remains competitive. However, in his first battery of media interviews after assuming his new position, Wheeler remained silent on how his stance on competition will affect his position on specific issues, including how the FCC will handle next year's spectrum auctions.
LTE operators beware: consumer groups are watching your moves very closely, and are prepared to pounce if they believe your claims on speed and coverage do not match reality. At least that is the case in France, where consumer watchdog UFC Que Choisir has filed a legal complaint against Orange France and Vivendi-owned SFR over the claims they have been making about their respective LTE services.
Now that Tom Wheeler has been sworn in as the new FCC chairman, momentum is likely going to pick up for the agency's incentive auctions of broadcast TV spectrum, which are scheduled to take place sometime next year. The latest salvo in how the auctions should be conducted comes from a report from the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition and the Consumer Electronics Association, which argues against setting restrictions on which carriers can bid for the spectrum broadcasters are expected to relinquish.