FCC Deals a Blow to Dish Network's Network Plans
The Federal Communications Commission denied to grant Dish Network a preliminary waiver which would have allowed it to move forward with plans to build its own wireless network. Instead, the FCC decided to conduct a formal investigation into Dish's request, a process which could take until the end of the year. Dish wants to do something similar to what LightSquared tried to do: Use traditional satellite spectrum to create a terrestrial wireless broadband network. The FCC granted Dish approval to purchase $3 billion worth of spectrum, but said that a "rulemaking process will best serve the public interest and maximize the long-term value of the spectrum for the American economy." Dish is still hopeful that it will eventually win FCC approval, though the delay is a significant one.
AT&T iPhone Owners Can Now Use WiFi Calling
Oct 8, 2015
AT&T today enabled WiFi calling on the iPhone. iPhone owners who've updated to iOS 9 can make and receive voice calls via WiFi rather than cellular networks.
FCC Gives AT&T Permission to Offer WiFi Calling
Oct 6, 2015
The FCC today approved a waiver requested by AT&T that will allow it to launch WiFi calling. The waiver gives AT&T permission to deploy Real-Time Text (RTT) as an alternative to TTY technology, which is relied upon by the hard-of-hearing.
AT&T Says Sprint, T-Mobile Breaking FCC WiFi Calling Rules
Oct 2, 2015
AT&T recently filed a complaint with the FCC over WiFi calling services on the iPhone, which it says it cannot offer due to certain regulations. AT&T competitors Sprint and T-Mobile have offered WiFi calling for the better part of a year, and AT&T insists they are doing so against FCC regulations.
FCC Gives Verizon Its WiFi Calling Waiver
Nov 13, 2015
The FCC today granted Verizon Wireless' request for a waiver that will allow it to offer WiFi calling services. The waiver is needed because TTY services, which carriers are obligated to offer, are not reliable over WiFi.
A fifth nationwide wireless provider IS best for the public FCC!!!!!
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