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.
T-Mobile, Dish Network, and Comcast have emerged as the top three bidders in the incentive spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Major US wireless carrier T-Mobile committed the most money, bidding almost $8 billion in order to get its hands on 600 MegaHertz airwaves. According to T-Mobile officials, the mobile operator is looking to take full advantage of the 600 MegaHertz spectrum it has acquired as early as within the year. Dish Network continues to expand its already formidable midrange airwave portfolio by ponying up $6.2 billion. Dish has made no secret of its plans to establish an NB-IoT (Narrow Band - Internet of Things) network. As for Comcast, the cable TV giant has bid $1.7 billion.
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), AT&T will be refunding more than $88 million to over 2.7 million users who were unfairly charged in their bills by third parties. About a couple of years ago, the major US wireless carrier had agreed to pay a penalty in the amount of $105 million as settlement for an investigation conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
T-Mobile will be paying the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) $48 million as settlement for misleading mobile users with regards to its unlimited data plan. Just this week, the government agency revealed that through an investigation, the major wireless carrier was found to have not done enough to make the connection speed and data restrictions on its unlimited data plan clear to consumers. The FCC had gotten some complaints from subscribers of T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, claiming that they were not notified that their data would be throttled to virtually impossibly slow connection speeds after they go beyond 17 gigabytes in any given month.
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