FCC Officially Launching Inquiry Into Wireless Competition
At today's meeting, the Federal Communications Commission decided to launch a formal inquiry into the wireless industry, its business practices, and how the large wireless network operators affect consumer choice. The FCC will specifically be looking at AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless. The FCC had previously taken initial steps to see if further investigation was warranted. The FCC has yet to provide details on exactly what it will be investigating. The wireless industry has staunchly defended its practices, pointing out that consumers have a wide range of choices of network operators, handsets, and service plans.
Verizon Says Throttling Plan Inline within FCC Guidelines
Verizon Wireless further defended its intent to throttle select customers of its unlimited LTE plans today, going so far as to suggest that its parameters are already familiar to the FCC. Last month, Verizon announced plans to slow down the data speeds of its heaviest unlimited LTE 4G customers in congested areas to protect the experience of all customers.
FCC Adopts Rules for Text-to-911 for All Messaging Apps
The FCC today formally adopted rules that will require all providers of messaging services to enable their apps with text-to-911 capabilities. Earlier this year the FCC said industry players outside the four major wireless network operators need to get on board.
FCC Won't Allow Joint Bids in Spectrum Auction
The FCC has shot down the idea of allowing two or more wireless network operators to bid on spectrum jointly. Sprint and T-Mobile hoped to join forces in some bidding and requested permission to do so.
FCC Dubious On Future Wireless Mergers
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today suggested the agency will take a long, hard look at any proposed mergers between wireless companies. "We will continue to be skeptical of efforts to achieve scale through the consolidation of major players," said Wheeler at the CTIA trade show in Las Vegas.
FCC Unhappy with AT&T and Verizon's Zero-Rated Services
The FCC believes zero-rating content can hurt consumers and competition. The agency sent letters to AT&T and Verizon Wireless this week calling them out for exempting their own video services (DirecTV Now and go90, respectively) from customers' data caps.
IMHO the US wireless industry..
One has to ask why in the past two years has the price of a text message gone from $0.10 to $0.15 up to $0.20 per message if you don't have a text message plan. Sure you can buy a text message bundle plan, but why should a user do so if they are already paying so much for their voice plan and data plan?
Just some food for thought.
You don't get free gas just because you bought the car.
when it comes right down to it i believe if you use it you should pay ...
Shoulld be Interesting to see how much control Julius Genachowski and Dems take.
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