Small Carriers Ask FCC to Prod Larger Rivals on Roaming
MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular, and other smaller, regional network operators have asked the Federal Communications Commission to institute a "shot clock" on the time it takes to negotiate data roaming agreements with their larger rivals. The small carriers claim the big carriers are stalling the process, despite FCC regulations that mandate that reasonable roaming rates be offered to the smaller players. The signees argue that a shot clock "would bring potential roaming partners to a point of offer, thereby essentially acting as a commission rule to incent the larger carriers to engage in good faith negotiations in a reasonable time frame." The FCC said it is considering the request.
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.
T-Mobile Gives MetroPCS Unlimited Music Streaming, Too
Nov 16, 2015
MetroPCS today announced a handful of new features that mirror services offered by its parent company, T-Mobile. First, MetroPCS customers now have access to Music Unlimited, which, like T-Mobile's Music Freedom, lets customers stream unlimited music over LTE without impacting their monthly data allotment.
Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
Apr 15, 2016
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
Consumer Groups Demand Broadband Privacy Laws
Jan 20, 2016
Dozens of consumer action groups have petitioned the FCC to install regulations that would protect the privacy of the nation's wired and wireless broadband users. The groups believe broadband providers — including AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, and others — should be subject to tough privacy standards.