The Federal Communications Commission has announced the schedule of the first ever wireless spectrum auction for 5G, and it is going to take place in November later this year. During a recently held meeting, the agency’s five commissioners all voted to approve the upcoming auction of 28 GigaHertz band on November 14th. A separate auction for the 24 GigaHertz airwaves will happen shortly thereafter. The FCC is aiming to sell about 6,000 licenses for the 28 and 24 GigaHertz bands.
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a fine of $40 million to T-Mobile, which according to the agency has violated the Communications Act. After an investigation, the FCC concluded that the major wireless carrier had failed to correct continuing problems related to the completion of phone calls to end users based in rural areas in the United States.
Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has called for more oversight over emergency alert systems in the United States, especially in light of the ballistic missile false alarm that happened in Hawaii nearly three months ago. The Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet recently held a field hearing this week at the city of Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, and it was during this event that Commissioner Rosenworcel urged the FCC to be more vigilant in imposing more scrutiny and accountability on every state in America when they file their yearly confirmation of Emergency Alert Systems.
Last Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to repeal the net neutrality rules imposed during former President Barack Obama’s administration. This roll back of the rules implemented a couple of years ago should be welcome news to mobile operators as well as Internet service providers opposing what they see at too strict federal regulation of the information superhighway.
Via a statement, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is once again urging Apple to activate support for FM radio in the tech giant’s iPhone devices, especially in light of the series of hurricanes that have hit the United States within the last couple of months. Pai also said that he has called on the mobile industry several times in the past in order to get FM chips activated in just about every recent smartphone released in the US mobile market.
It appears that the under the leadership of current Chairman Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now leaning towards favoring Internet service providers (ISPs) more than the consumers. By way of a Notice of Inquiry (read the portable document format version here), the agency is proposing that both fixed and wireless are to be counted as “broadband” based on Section 706 of its regulations. The current rule being followed right now was the standard that was set by the FCC under former Chair Tom Wheeler. That standard requires timely deployment of both wired and wireless networks in the country. But that might change soon.
It was in April of 2015 that AT&T had decided to take legal action against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in order to challenge the agency’s implementation of new net neutrality rules that were just recently published in the Federal Register at that time. Fast forwarding a couple of years and the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States is now joining a huge movement protesting the rollback of those same net neutrality rules.
When Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced his plan to reverse the net neutrality rules adopted under the leadership of former Chair Tom Wheeler, it was generally met with positive reactions from the wireless industry. But according to a recent report by FierceWireless, industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T could stand to gain the most, especially now that the wireless and digital media markets are starting to overlap.
After having acquired nearly $8 billion worth of low band 600 MegaHertz airwaves, the third biggest wireless carrier in America has not put itself in a good position to further strengthen its current network coverage, and continue to close the gap between itself and industry leaders Verizon Wireless (refer to this post for further reading) and AT&
Just this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had taken the opportunity to announce the results of its 600 MegaHertz incentive spectrum auction. T-Mobile, Dish Network, and Comcast came out as the top bidders. But perhaps some were wondering why the biggest mobile operator in America -- Verizon Wireless -- did not buy any airwaves.
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