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.
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.
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.