Sprint, T-Mobile, Others Look to Preserve FCC Power
The CEOs of a number of smaller network operators across the U.S. have petitioned congress to change the wording in JOBS Act, H.R. 3630. As written, it would remove the authority to conduct spectrum auctions from the Federal Communications Commission. In a letter sent to congress, the opponents argue, "Stripping the FCC of its auction design discretion would disserve the public interest by permitting unchecked participation by the two largest, best-funded wireless carriers in future spectrum auctions. That would discourage smaller competitors from participating in future auctions thereby reducing auction revenues and limiting wireless competition and innovation." Signees of the letter include the CEOs of Atlantic Tele-Network, Bluegrass Cellular, C Spire Wireless, Cricket Communications, NorthwestCell, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and RCA-The Competitive Carriers Association. They "urge [Congress] to safeguard America’s mobile broadband future by ensuring that FCC auction authority is renewed."
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Wireless Companies Form Alliance to Pressure FCC
A handful of wireless companies and public policy groups have formed an alliance meant to pressure the FCC as it drafts rules for the upcoming 600MHz reverse spectrum auction. The alliance is called SaveWirelessChoice.com.
FCC Commish Uses Sprint As Launch Point to Bash Auction
Following Sprint's decision to skip next year's 600MHz incentive auction, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai had harsh words for the FCC's plans. "Sprint's decision highlights the folly of the FCC's attempt to pick winners and losers before the auction begins," said Pai, in reference to the rules being assigned to the auction.
prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from considering existing spectrum
holdings in determining a carrier’s participation in future spectrum auctions."
Effectively allowing appointed officials to determine winners and losers.
All well and good, if we trust these people.
Money generates influence and power.
Commissioners are appointed by the sitting president and 'approved' by congress.
The present FCC's conditional approval of use of extraterrestrial spectrum as a terrestrial LTE network is being questioned by congress at present.
Why did they evel allow it conditionally?