Sprint Announces Wireless Lifeline Services Partnership with i-wireless

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 02, 2016 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced it has entered into an agreement with i-wireless, LLC to strengthen its position as a leader in the wireless Lifeline services industry. The partnership will merge Sprint’s Assurance Wireless and i-wireless’ Access...Learn More

600 MHz Auction Target Meets Expectations: 126 MHz to be Available

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The 600 MHz auction target announced Friday by the FCC is a satisfactory 126 MHz of spectrum, essentially meeting the target amount of spectrum the commission hoped would be made available for auction when it began planning the auction several years ago. Spectrum in the...Learn More

Developer: Big Improvements in TV White Spaces Economics Coming Soon

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Will 2016 be the year we finally begin to see a serious uptake in adoption of TV white spaces broadband wireless technology? The answer is yes, according to Jim Carlson, CEO of Carlson Wireless, who told Telecompetitor this week that he expects to see big...Learn More

Rural Operators Could Find Opportunity in CBRS Auction Plans Adopted by FCC

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Rural operators could find it easier to obtain spectrum licenses in the citizens broadband radio service (CBRS) band as the result of CBRS auction plans adopted by the FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting. Previously the FCC had said it would only issue licenses where...Learn More

FCC Business Data Services Regulation Would Require Carriers to Revise Contracts

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The FCC today took the next step toward implementing FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan for business data services regulation. The commission at today’s monthly FCC voted to adopt a tariff investigation order and a further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) that would re-regulate business data...Learn More

Letter of Credit Concerns Delay FCC Rural Broadband Experiments

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Sixteen months after initial funding recipients were announced in the FCC Rural Broadband Experiments program, some awardees have been unable to proceed with their projects because funds have not yet been released to them. At issue is a requirement that awardees obtain a letter of...Learn More

Proposed Charter, TWC, Bright House Deal Conditions Would Prohibit Interconnection Fees

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler yesterday recommended approval of a long-awaited cable industry megamerger. But the Charter, TWC, Bright House deal conditions would prohibit the merged company from charging interconnection fees and from imposing usage-based pricing and data caps. Apparently the merged company also would be...Learn More

Access from AT&T Launches, Offering $5 a Month Internet for Low Income Users

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AT&T today officially launched Access from AT&T, an Internet for low income users product costing as little as five dollars a month. The company last year agreed to offer the service as a condition of its acquisition of DirecTV. Households in AT&T’s local service territory...Learn More

Business Fiber Report: More Than 2 Million Locations Connected

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The percentage of U.S. commercial buildings with fiber connections to businesses rose to 46.2% in 2015, according to the latest business fiber report from Vertical Systems Group. In translation, that equates to more than 2 million individual business establishments, the market research company highlights in...Learn More

Changes to Business Data Services Regulation Would Prohibit Certain Contracts

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday that he has asked the commission to make “all or nothing” contracts illegal as part of broad changes to business data services regulation. “All or nothing” contracts, he said, require a business customer to “make all of its purchases...Learn More

Frontier CAF Funding Jumps by $291 Million From Verizon Acquisition

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Frontier’s acquisition of Verizon lines in three states last week came with an added bonus — $48.5 million annually, or $291 million in total, from the FCC in Frontier CAF funding for the six-year program. That’s the amount of funding that Verizon last year accepted...Learn More

Consumer Group Report Finds Special Access Competition Lacking

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Insufficient special access competition has led to overcharges totaling about $75 billion over the past five years, according to new research from the Consumer Federation of America. The report, titled “The Special Problem of Special Access: Consumer Overcharges and Telephone Company Excess Profits,” also estimates...Learn More