RCA Rebrands as the Competitive Carriers Association
The Rural Cellular Association today announced that it has rebranded itself as the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA). The CCA believes the new name reflects how its mission has evolved in recent years to advocate for smaller, regional network operators and to better compete with the nation's largest carriers. Specifically, the group will be targeting AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which it refers to as a duopoly. "CCA will continue to work with policymakers to ensure competitive policies are adopted, which will benefit consumers, the economy and job growth," said Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA, in a prepared statement. The association gives each member a single vote, and will flight not just for rural carriers, but small carriers across the country no matter what market they serve.
Coral Blue Galaxy S8 and S8+ Go On Sale In US July 21
Samsung today said the Coral Blue variant of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets will become available to U.S. buyers starting July 21.
Alcatel Announces the Idol 5S with Stereo Speakers
Alcatel today marked the debut of the Idol 5S, the latest in its flagship series. Like its predecessors, the 5S features an aluminum frame, curved glass front and rear surfaces, powerful stereo speakers, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.
CCA Concerned About FCC's Reserve Spectrum Trigger
The Competitive Carrier's Association has asked the FCC to drop a rule regarding when it will split bidding in the forthcoming 600MHz incentive auction into unreserved and reserved airwaves. The CCA argues the trigger proposed by the FCC will have a negative impact on the auction.
T-Mobile Opens Up LTE Roaming to CCA Data Hub
T-Mobile today added its network to the Competitive Carriers Association's LTE data roaming hub. The move gives CCA members and their customers access to T-Mobile's LTE 4G network for data roaming purposes.
AT&T Says T-Mobile Opposing Spectrum Deal On Principle
T-Mobile and the Competitive Carrier Association are asking the FCC to deny AT&T's proposed acquisition of 700 MHz B Block licenses from Club 42. AT&T first filed its request with the FCC last year and now says T-Mobile and the CCA are trying to sink the deal for no good reason.