Carriers Agree to Send Usage Alerts to Customers
The CTIA Wireless Association and its wireless network operator constituents are announcing a new set of self-imposed guidelines for alerting customers about their data, messaging, voice, and international roaming usage before reaching their monthly limits. The carriers will need to begin offering alerts to two of the four services within 12 months, and the other two within 18 months. According to the CTIA, the carriers will need to make significant updates to their billing systems in order to make the alerts a reality. The move by the CTIA and wireless industry is meant to head off legislation proposed last year by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC lauded the CTIA's new initiative, though it said it will continue to monitor how well the carriers adhere to the new guidelines before shelving its legislation plans indefinitely. Usage alerts gained momentum last year when lawmakers started complaining of "bill shock."
Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child.
Carriers to Rely on CTIA, Other Trade Groups to Sue FCC
AT&T, Verizon Wireless and other mobile network operators won't sue the FCC over its proposed net neutrality plans on their own, but will through a number of trade groups. Sources cited by Reuters suggest the move will allow the carriers to streamline their litigation and prevent them from becoming the targets of backlash.
CTIA Hits FCC with Net Neutrality Lawsuit
The CTIA Wireless Association today filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals aiming to prevent the FCC from imposing its proposed net neutrality rules.
Court Says FCC's Incentive Auction Can Proceed
A federal appeals court today denied broadcasters' bid to derail the FCC's forthcoming reverse auction. The incentive auction, set to take place in mid 2016, will see wireless companies bid for spectrum owned by television broadcasters.
Carriers Have to Unlock Eligible Phones Beginning Today
Wireless network operators are now required to unlock customers' phones once the phones are paid off or no longer under contract. Today's change follows an agreement forged between the FCC, the CTIA Wireless Association and carriers in December 2013.
the customers actually take responsibility for how they use their phones and are actually held accountable.
Do you know how annoying it is to check your minute usage and text/data usage every day...
"Danger Will Robinson!!"
Please fix prorates too