Wireless Telecommunications

Communication at a distance, especially the electronic transmission of signals via cell phones

Gov. Brown, veto the bill that lets rich telecoms use public property practically free

Location:
San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA, 95190, United States

The California Legislature wants to give telecom companies a nice big gift: at least $30 million a year, and perhaps billions of dollars in savings at the direct expense of cities that both rely on the money and use their current leverage to negotiate improved coverage for poor neighborhoods. Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) — or, perhaps more to the point, former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown — has to stop it.

Europe’s telecoms groups warn over regulation

Location:
Europe

The European telecoms sector has lost €100 million a day to disruptive technology companies over the past decade, says a report commissioned by Etno, the trade body that represents the region’s largest operators.

Verizon backtracks—but only slightly—in plan to kick customers off network

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon Wireless is giving a reprieve to some rural customers who are scheduled to be booted off their service plans, but only in cases when customers have no other options for cellular service.

Verizon Rural Wireless Customer Cancellations Cause Unrest with Rural Carrier Partner

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon has had a change of heart regarding a portion of the 8,500 wireless customers whose service it had planned to cancel and will allow certain customers to keep service on plans providing up to 8 gigabytes of data per month. But, according to a Verizon LTE in Rural America partner, important questions remain about the impact of the Verizon rural wireless customer cancellations.

T-Mobile, Sprint close to agreeing on deal terms, apparently

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States

Apparently, T-Mobile US is close to agreeing tentative terms on a deal to merge with Sprint, a major breakthrough in efforts to merge the third and fourth largest US wireless carriers.

A merger between Sprint and T-Mobile might not face many hurdles at the Trump administration

Location:
USA, United States

A potential merger of T-Mobile and Sprint could fare well with the Trump administration, which has telegraphed for months that it isn’t resolutely opposed to the combination of the country’s third- and fourth-largest wireless giants.

A T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Destroy Wireless Competition, Kill Jobs and Harm Low-Income Families

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

No one but Donald Trump’s pals on Wall Street wants to see this competition-killing, investment-killing and job-killing merger. There is no rational justification for T-Mobile to take over Sprint and remove yet another consumer choice from the marketplace.

On regulations for 5G: Micro licensing for locally operated networks

Location:
University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

To realize the full vision of 5G to benefit the society and promote competition, innovation and emergence of new services when the 5G end-to-end network spans across different stakeholders administrative domains, the existing regulations governing the mobile communication business ecosystem are being refined. This paper provides a tutorial overview on how 5G innovations impact mobile communications and reviews the regulatory elements relevant to 5G development for locally deployed networks.

Mexican TV Is Interfering with Rural Broadband in California

Location:
Campo, CA, United States

Indigenous peoples living on tribal lands are some of the most underserved people in the US when it comes to broadband. Many tribes share similar barriers no matter where they are in the country. But one group of tribes in southern California is using every tool it can think of, including using television spectrum to broadcast internet wirelessly. Unfortunately, they've run into one totally unique hurdle: TV channels are bleeding over the border from Mexico, and eating up their spectrum.

FCC Chairman Pai Continues to Hide the Truth About Broadband Investment to Justify His Ideological Vendetta Against Net Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In filings about the Federal Communications Commission’s forthcoming wireless-competition report, Free Press called out FCC Chairman Ajit Pai for misrepresenting the state of broadband investment following the agency’s 2015 network neutrality ruling.

Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Google is spending $1.1 billion to hire a team of engineers from the smartphone business of the struggling Taiwanese manufacturer HTC in a bid to bring more hardware expertise to its own mobile technology operations.

AT&T Throttling Case Back in Court

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a Federal Trade Commission throttling case against AT&T that has major implications for the agency’s reach over telecommunications companies.

What will the internet look like without net neutrality? Just ask this sponsored data app

At first glance, Freeway looks like a good app. Through partnerships with content providers and mobile networks, Freeway can let users on limited wireless rate plans use services like YouTube, Facebook, and Spotify without eating into their precious data allowance. In return, Freeway charges a couple bucks per month through a mobile app, and also leverages sponsorships. In theory, it’s a neat way to help consumers access services without paying for an unlimited data plan or massive overage fees. But in practice, it creates the exact kind of anti-competitive environment net neutrality advocates are so afraid of.

Cash, Innovation, Airwaves: The Recipe for Rural Broadband

Location:
Colorado Technology Consultants, 2928 Straus Lane, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907, United States

For 23.4 million rural Americans – roughly the population of New York City and Los Angeles and Chicago and Houston and Philadelphia and Phoenix and San Antonio and San Diego, combined –access to quality broadband internet remains out of reach. We need innovative solutions to bridge this gap and bring broadband access to rural America. Until now, the biggest hurdle to expanding rural broadband access has been the cost- and resource- prohibitive nature of building out wired connectivity in remote areas with small populations. However, attention has shifted to an innovative new concept that leverages a resource that we already have.

Can We Build a Global Internet from Swarms of Satellites and Tech-Company-Backed Balloons?

Location:
International Telecommunication Union, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland

Ten years ago, the world population was 6.6 billion; 3 billion of those people lacked access to broadband internet connectivity. Fast forward a decade to 2017, and the global population has risen by 1 billion, but so has the number of disconnected people.

8,500 Verizon customers disconnected because of “substantial” data use

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon is disconnecting another 8,500 rural customers from its wireless network, saying that roaming charges have made certain customer accounts unprofitable for the carrier.

AWARN Strikes Back at T-Mobile at FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

In a filing to the Federal Communications Commission, the AWARN Alliance blasted T-Mobile for disparaging its efforts to developed an advanced emergency alerting system based on the new ATSC 3.0 broadcast system.

The Debate Over Neighborhood Zoning Could Hold Up Fast 5G Wireless For Years to Come

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Two bureaucrats, FCC Commissioners Michael O'Rielly and Mignon Clyburn, tangling over the intricacies of wireless networks may not seem like the stuff of headlines, but this week’s debate at Mobile World Congress Americas could shape the future of how we use our smartphones for decades to come.

A critical survey of the literature on broadband data caps

Location:
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA, 92697, United States

Proponents and opponents of data caps make conflicting claims about the effect of data caps on prices, network capacity and speeds, subscription, congestion, and consumer surplus. In this paper, we survey the academic literature on data caps and analyze the relationship between the characteristics of each paper's model or data and the paper's results.

What kind of spectrum do carriers want for 5G? 'All of it'

Location:
AT&T, 208 South Akard St, Dallas, TX, 75202, United States

What kind of spectrum is AT&T looking to as it plots it 5G strategies? “All of it,’’ according to Hank Hultquist, AT&T’s vice president of federal regulatory.

Broadband Analysis: Scrappy Wireless ISPs Get the Job Done

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

Rural areas don’t need to wait on expensive and hard-to-build fiber-to-the-home networks to start using broadband. In many cases, fixed wireless can provide a fast and affordable last-mile connection in underserved areas. And some communities are building the system themselves.

America's insatiable wireless appetite

Location:
USA, United States

In many ways, the release of the first iPhone 10 years ago launched the smartphone era. Since then, mobile data consumption has skyrocketed and, in the process, helped turn wireless companies into digital media conglomerates.

Agents are increasingly searching smartphones at the border. This lawsuit wants to limit that.

Location:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 125 Broad St, New York, NY, 10004, United States

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) sued the federal government in hopes of curbing the wide-ranging ability of federal agents ...

What You Need To Know About the 2017 Wireless Competition Report.

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has put the 20th Wireless Competition Report on the agenda for the FCC’s September Open Meeting.

Remarks Of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai At Mobile World Congress Americas

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Today, we find ourselves nearing another possible hinge moment. We’ve seen remarkable progress, but it feels like we’re still waiting for another huge breakthrough. Well, 5G could well be what we’re waiting for.

The US is now the world’s smartphone and wireless tech champ

Location:
GSMA, 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF, United Kingdom

The US leads most of the world in both hardware and networks, according to new research the GSMA wireless industry group released.

Broadband 4 All

Nov 2 2017 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
National Union Building, 918 F Street NW, Washington, DC, 20004, United States

The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition will convene Broadband4All: Universal Service Symposium on the future of anchor institutions and the Universal Service Fund (USF) on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.

CAF II Auction Rules: FCC Explains How Proposed Auction to Fund Rural Broadband Would Work

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

Federal Communications Commission officials conducted a webinar explaining how proposed Connect America Fund (CAF) II auction rules would work. The auction will award funding to help cover the cost of deploying broadband in unserved rural areas.

US Wireless Industry Is Finally Competitive, FCC Says

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

For the first time since 2009, the Federal Communications Commission has concluded there is “effective competition” in the US wireless market.

Lawmakers push again to mandate mobile-friendly federal websites

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, United States

A pair of senators want to make sure the public that relies increasingly on mobile devices for can access government websites.

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