Sprint, T-Mobile Ask FCC to Stop the Clock on Verizon Deals
Sprint, T-Mobile, DirecTV, and the Rural Telecommunications Group today filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission requesting it that it stop the clock on its review of Verizon's proposed spectrum purchases. The groups' chief concern is the amount of redacted material in Verizon's own FCC filings with respect to its agreements with the cable companies involved in the purchase. The groups want the clock stopped until Verizon and its cable partners reveal all the terms of the spectrum purchases and the associated cross-promotional components. The FCC typically reviews such deals within a period of 180 days. Stopping the clock amounts to a delay in the official review process.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
Google Adds Clock App to Play Store
Google has made its Andriod clock application available via the Play Store as a stand-alone app. The app includes a home screen widget as well as alarm, stopwatch, timer, and world clock features.
Carriers to Rely on CTIA, Other Trade Groups to Sue FCC
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators won't sue the FCC over its proposed net neutrality plans on their own, but will through a number of trade groups. Sources cited by Reuters suggest the move will allow the carriers to streamline their litigation and prevent them from becoming the targets of backlash.
Wireless Companies Form Alliance to Pressure FCC
A handful of wireless companies and public policy groups have formed an alliance meant to pressure the FCC as it drafts rules for the upcoming 600MHz reverse spectrum auction. The alliance is called SaveWirelessChoice.com.
Justice Dept. Suggests FCC Limit AT&T, Verizon Auction Participation
Officials at the Justice Department are concerned AT&T and Verizon will dominate the upcoming 600MHz auction if more protections aren't put in place by the FCC. The agency filed a letter with the FCC this week suggesting the FCC give more weight to the concerns of companies such as Sprint and T-Mobile, which seek to limit AT&T and Verizon's participation.