Sprint, CWA Ask FCC to Stop the Clock for Verizon Review
A number of organizations have formally requested that the Federal Communications Commission stop the clock on its 180 day review of Verizon Wireless's proposed AWS spectrum purchases. Signees of the request include Sprint Nextel, the Rural Telecommunications Group, Rural Carriers Association, DirecTV, FairPoint Communications, Free Press, Media Access Project, New America Foundation, Public Knowledge, and the Communication Workers of America. The group argues that the deal represents considerable change and consolidation in the industry requiring more detailed review of the details. The groups ask that the shot clock be delayed so they may have "a meaningful opportunity for review of the relevant materials and the preparation of insightful comment on these transformative arrangements." Verizon is hoping to purchase 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a consortium of cable companies.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
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.
Verizon Fires Up AWS in Louisville
Verizon Wireless today launched LTE 4G service on its AWS spectrum holdings in Louisville, Ky. The company said it made an effort to get the additional spectrum online ahead of the Kentucky Derby, which will be run Saturday afternoon, and draws an average crowd of 155,000.
FCC Spells Out Spectrum Screen Policies
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order with respect to spectrum screens and how'll they'll be used in upcoming spectrum auctions and other spectrum transactions. Moving forward the FCC will stick to its one-third rule, meaning the FCC will analyze on a case-by-case basis transactions that might result in a wireless provider owning more than one-third of the available spectrum licenses in a given market.
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