FCC Fines Verizon $5 Million for Failed Rural Calls
The FCC today said it has fined Verizon $5 million for failing to investigate claims of low call connection rates in rural areas. According to the FCC, Verizon didn't look into consumer complaints over an eight month period in 2013 regarding failed wireless and wired calls in 26 rural regions. Verizon is to pay $2 million to the U.S. Treasury and set aside $3 million more to improve call connection rates over the next three years. "Rural call completion problems have significant and immediate public interest ramifications," said the FCC. "They cause rural businesses to lose customers, impede medical professionals from reaching patients in rural areas, cut families off from their relatives, and create the potential for dangerous delays in public safety communications." Verizon signed a consent decree admitting its wrongdoing. The decree also lists a number of steps Verizon has agreed to take to resolve the issue, such as appoint an ombudsman to analyze call completion data, monitor call connection rates in rural areas, and investigate when connection rates fall behold a set threshold.
Straight Path to Pay FCC $100M for Squatting On 5G Spectrum
Jan 12, 2017
The FCC has fined Straight Path Communications $100 million for failing to deploy wireless service in accordance with spectrum license requirements. Straight Path is sitting on approximately 1,000 licenses for spectrum in the 39 GHz band, which will eventually be used for 5G.
Google Pay Arrives to Fully Replace Android Pay and Google Wallet
Feb 20, 2018
Google today released Google Pay, the revised payment application and service that replaces Android Pay. Google Pay encompasses most features of Google Wallet and Android Pay in a single app, allowing people to use Google Pay to make payments online and via mobile devices.
FCC Fines Sprint for Building Cell Sites without Proper Review
Apr 10, 2018
The FCC today said it has reached a settlement with Sprint and Sprint's partner Mobilitie regarding the improper completion of cell tower sites. The FCC says the companies failed to complete the proper tower registration and environmental and historic impact reviews before building some cell sites.
FCC Chairman Insists All Commissioners Vote on Rule Enforcement
Feb 8, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today put another change into place that will impact how the agency enforces regulations. The FCC uses what it calls consent decrees to settle investigations against companies and/or bad actors.
We Live In America
There is absolutely, 100% no reason, NONE, that we cant provide service to people in rural areas successfully. Stop blaming the cost, the client ratio, the percentage of calls made vs other areas, and just run towers, lines and the links out there. There is no reason we live in America, yet we boast about our tech advances, but haven't been able to get cell service to the upper central region of Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, etc...
Get it together!
Last time I checked America was whole CONTINENT not just one country.
Yes there is, that reason is called 'technical limitations'. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to provide cellular service in ...
You have no right to FORCE or MANDATE any company to do something special just for you.
Thanks to the FCC ...
Spread the wealth!
Retaliation for not helping the FCC with net "neutrality"
Do not forget that the FCC is a POLITICAL machine, run by control freaks.
This is retaliation for VZW standing up the the FCC. Make no mistake.
Gov now telling businesses how to spend their money?
The Reason That Only Verizon Was Fined
Sprint escaped being fined, but the FCC did instruct them to "get off their damned phones once in a while" so that Verizon customers could make calls, too. 😉
They need the "Can you hear me now" guy back