FCC Approves Lightsquared's Service Model
The Federal Communications Commission has granted Lightsquared a waiver to allow it to circumvent a law. The Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) requires mobile phones that use satellite airwaves to actually communicate with the satellite. By allowing Lightsquared to ignore this rule, it will be able to move forward with its business plan. Specifically, Lightsqaured wants to lease its L-band satellite spectrum to traditional ground-based cellular network operators. The FCC has made this decision despite concerns raised by network operators and operators of global positioning systems. Lightsquared wants to create a national wireless broadband network using Long Term Evolution.
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.
FCC Makes More Moves to Secure 5G Spectrum
Jun 8, 2018
The FCC this week laid out plans to ensure that the country has enough spectrum prepared for 5G service. The agency published new rules for millimeter wave spectrum in the 24 GHz and 37 GHz bands.