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.
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 Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
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.
FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region
The FCC today opened a notice of inquiry that will see the agency begin to explore next-generation wireless networks. The FCC is hoping to use spectrum above 24GHz for new wireless networks.
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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