House of Reps Wants Verizon's Spectrum Plans Examined
U.S. Representatives Henry A. Waxman and Anna G. Eshoo have requested that the Energy and Commerce Committee hold a hearing to allow for a discussion of the implications of Verizon Wireless's proposed AWS spectrum acquisition and 700MHz A- and B-block spectrum sale. In a letter sent to Reps. Fred Upton and Greg Walden, who chair the Energy and Commerce Committee, Waxman and Eshoo argue that it is important for proponents and opponents of the dealings to voice their opinion on the matter. "These transactions have potential implications for competition within the wireless industry. Regional carriers continue to report difficulty reaching roaming agreements with national carriers and assert these transactions will further consolidate Verizon's market power over roaming agreements. Some of these carriers have suggested Verizon's proposed sale of 700MHz A- and B-block licenses may create new impediments to achieving interoperability and contravene the FCC's stated goal" of promoting the interoperability of devices using the lower 700MHz band. Verizon announced on April 18 that it would sell its A- and B-block licenses if the FCC allows it to purchase 122 AWS licenses from a consortium of cable companies.
from Representatives Waxman & Eshoo
Congressman Wants Hearings Over Securus and LocationSmart Data Leaks
May 24, 2018
Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey has asked Greg Walden, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, to hold a hearing concerning the recent location leaks from LocationSmart and Securus. Both companies were able to access real-time location data from wireless carriers and then allowed that data to be exposed.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
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Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal and regulatory affairs, today prosed that the FCC use existing rules to help organizations on opposite sides of the LTE-U debate find some middle ground. LTE-U is the use of LTE services over unlicensed spectrum, or WiFi frequencies.
Apple Complains About FCC's Hearing Aid Push
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Apple has filed comments with the FCC requesting the agency refrain from adopting new hearing aid rules. In November, the agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require all phones to be accessible to people who use hearing aids or have cochlear implants.
FCC Wants All Cell Phones Hearing Aid Compatible
Nov 19, 2015
The FCC today expanded the scale of hearing aid compatibility in cell phones to include IP-based communications, such as WiFi and VoLTE. AT&T and Verizon Wireless recently sought and received waivers to offer WiFi calling along with an alternate to the legacy technology called RTT (real-time text).
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